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Loewe Foundation Craft Prize for 2024 goes to Andrés Anza

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The Spanish luxury brand has awarded the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize for 2024 to Andrés Anza. All of the 30 finalists’ shortlisted works go on display today in Paris.
 

The winning piece by Andres Anza – Loewe

Mexican-born Anza nabbed the award for his work entitled I only know what I have seen. He was chosen from 30 finalists by a jury drawn from the worlds of design, architecture, journalism, criticism, and museum curatorship, including Magdalene Odundo, Minsuk Cho, Olivier Gabet and Abraham Thomas. 
 
This year, the Loewe prize focused on organic and biomorphic forms, created to push materials to their physical limits. Many of the works repurposed found or recycled materials to focus on the elevation and transformation of the everyday. 

All the works can be seen at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris from15 May until 9 June 2024. The exhibition is also available to view online and documented through an exhibition catalogue. 
 
The winning design by Anza is a life-size ceramic sculpture with “an arresting and almost human presence in the exhibition,” Loewe said in a release.
 
“Its anthropomorphic form – allowing it to seem at once figurative and abstract – is intricately constructed using thousands of individual ceramic protrusions,” the Madrid-based brand added.
 

Miki Asai – Loewe

The jury also gave three special mentions. First to Miki Asai of Japan for her Still life, made of three sculptural rings, and highlighting Asia’s mastery of both lacquer and eggshell techniques. Also noted was Emmanuel boos of France for his work, Coffee Table Comme un lego, crafted using 98 hollow porcelain bricks; and Heechan Kim of Korea for #16, a sculptural vessel created using a traditional boat-making technique, with ash and copper wire.
 
Loewe’s annual prize was launched in 2016 to celebrate excellence, artistic merit and innovation in modern craftsmanship. Conceived by the 158-year-old house’s creative director Jonathan Anderson, it aims to acknowledge the importance of craft in today’s culture and recognize working artists.
 
 

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