The shortlist for the Warsteiner BLOOOM Award for emerging art has been announced, with 10 finalists spanning six countries making the final cut. Over 1,500 artists from 75 countries and five continents applied for the top three prizes, which include a one-year mentoring program, a trip to Art Basel Miami Beach or their own gallery exhibition, all thanks to Warsteiner.
Judges Catharina Cramer (patron and managing partner of the Warsteiner Group), Yasha Young (director and curator of Urban Nation), artist Jim Avignon, media host and Grimme–Preis winner Joko Winterscheidt and Walter Gehlen (director and artistic director of Art.Fair and BLOOOM) chose a selection of artists from across six countries: Oona Ball with Burnt Out (UK), John Bizas with Still 7 (Italy), Kalypso with Negua (Germany), Liat Livni with Jerusalem Boulevard, Jaffa (Israel), Masoud Moein Eslam with Tehran (Iran), Erik Porstmann with Kinderbilder (Germany), Betty Rieckmann with a morphing Frank Stella (Germany), Johan Schäfer with kleines grünes Auto (Germany), Mark Swysen with garden of eden: reconsiderations on the concept of the original sin (Belgium), Kati von Schwerin with I knew Pinocchio when he wasn’t famous (Germany), have all been selected.
However, all of them are already guaranteed an exhibition space as part of BLOOOM – the converging art show, from September 24 to 27 in Cologne, now in its fifth year, and held as part of ART.FAIR | Fair for modern and contemporary art. They’ll sit alongside works from last year’s BLOOOM entrants who’re now showing independently from the prize, in a sign of their success: Antoine Rose, Louise Gibson and Yi Zheng Lin.
“Every year I’m delighted by the high standard of submissions,” explained Catharina Cramer or Warsteiner. “Every year, impressive contributions from extremely diverse forms of art reach us. It’s always a pleasure to look through the works.”
The Winner will be announced September 23, 2015. To find out more about the Blooom Award by Warsteiner, visit their dedicated site.