All Visual Arts LLP (AVA) is a radical new arts funding partnership founded in March 2008 by Joe La Placa and Mike Platt.
Joe La Placa has over 30 years of experience working in all aspects of contemporary art. He was the U.K. director and senior correspondent for artnet.com, the art worlds leading on-line auction and information service since 2002. During the late nineties, he worked as the principle features writer and Foreign Editor for Art Review Magazine based in London. In the early 1980s he founded the Gallozzi-La Placa gallery of New York which specialised in working on a project basis and was the first to show artists such as Jean Michael Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Mike Platt is the founder and CEO of BlueCrest Capital Management, European Hedge Fund of the year in 2006 and 2008. A former star JP Morgan trader, Platt is one of the new generation of City heavyweights.
The All Visual Arts (AVA) partnership has been created to offer a dynamic new model for the art world by providing a production house for developing international contemporary artists, giving them the essential backing they need to realise key artworks. Operating without a gallery , AVA will stage exhibitions their productions, whether in site specific spaces or in collaboration with major international galleries and museums.
Over the next five years, AVA will build a major collection mainly based on works it funds. It will also act as an exclusive super agent to certain artists it will be heavily collecting. The current roster includes Paul Fryer, Alastair Mackie, Reece Jones, and Wolfe Lenkiewicz.