All Visual Arts
All Visual Arts is a contemporary arts organisation founded in 2007 by gallerist and writer Joe La Placa, and Mike Platt. The gallery is currently located at 2 Omega Place, King’s Cross, London, N1 9DR.
Prior to co-founding All Visual Arts, La Placa ran the Gallozzi-La Placa gallery with Guillaume Gallozzi in New York in the 1980s. La Placa claims he was first to exhibit artists such as Keith Haring and graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, however there is no evidence of this other than an interview given by La Placa himself; La Placa later worked as a writer and editor for Art Review based in London as well as the director of artnet.com in the UK. All Visual Arts functions as both a gallery and a private collection, commissioning works from the artists, and subsequently placing them in collections including François Pinault's.
Major exhibitions organized by All Visual Arts include 'The Age of the Marvellous' in 2009 at the Holy Trinity Church in Marylebone, and 'Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasure' at 33 Great Portland Place in 2010, showcasing artists such as Turner Prize nominees Jake and Dinos Chapman, Reece Jones, Polly Morgan, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, as well as Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson. Mark Sanders, a former arts editor for Dazed & Confused, has joined All Visual Arts as a director.
In September 2010, All Visual Arts moved to its permanent gallery space, a 5,000 square foot former bus depot at 2 Omega Place, Kings Cross.
Artists represented by All Visual Arts in the UK include:
- Ambrosine Allen
- Bertozzi & Casoni
- Reece Jones
- Wolfe von Lenkiewicz
- Juliette Losq
- Alastair Mackie
- Charles Matton
- Kate MccGwire
- Jonathan Wateridge
- Dalya Alberge, 'Hedge fund billionaire helps bring back grand old days of art patronage', The Guardian, 28 November 2010
- All Visual Arts official website
- The New York Times, 5 January 1996
- Michael Xuereb, 'Gallery Talk – Joe La Placa, All Visual Arts', Saatchi Online, 11 November 2010 Archived 9 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- John-Paul Pryor, 'Age of the Marvellous', Dazed Digital, October 2009
- City AM, 10 September 2009
- The Telegraph, 11 October 2010
- Colin Gleadell, "Frieze week in London: gallery spaces are blossoming", The Telegraph, 11 October 2010