Julian Harper wins the BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER and was featured as a finalist in a special exhibition at Art Düsseldorf
When BFA student Julian Harper first received the email notifying him that he was one of 10 finalists for the BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER, he thought it was spam. Harper, who is always searching for calls for entries, had submitted his artwork via the New York Foundation for the Arts website in August 2017. He was excited when, three months later, he was invited to participate in a special exhibition as one of the award finalists at the prominent international art fair Art Düsseldorf in Germany, Nov. 16–19. The show attracted 43,000 visitors this year.
The curatorial focus of the special exhibition for BLOOOM Award by WARSTEINER finalists at Art Düsseldorf was to highlight the work of promising artists in the early stages of their careers. Finalists and award winners were selected by a distinguished panel of international curators and cultural producers. Out of 2,300 artists from 90 countries who applied for the award, Harper won first place with his piece “It’s Getting Hot in This Cosby Sweater.”
By Abby Weidmer