Zoo Art Fair yet again experienced significant growth with increased attendance and sales figures. Exhibitors achieved sales totalling over 2.8 million pounds sterling with at least £500,000 anticipated to follow in related sales. Visitors increased to more than 12,500 in 5 days with some of the most influential artists, critics, collectors, curators and gallerists from around the world attending.
Selected for the first time by an independent panel including Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick, independent curator David Thorp and critic Ossian Ward, the 61 under 6 year-old exhibitors represented some of the best organisations and project spaces in emerging to mid-career contemporary art.
Having moved from its original home at London Zoo, the Fair took place for the first time at Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens. Located in the heart of London, this historical and listed building provided a beautiful backdrop for more ambitious works as well as site-specific installations and projects than ever before.
Winners of this years’ Prize and Award were: Karla Black represented by Mary Mary, Glasgow for the Champagne Perrier-Joüet Prize for Best Artist at Zoo Art Fair and Elad Lassry represented by Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles for the John Jones Art on Paper Acquisition and Award.
Details of the application procedure for Zoo Art Fair 2008 will be released in December.
Now in its fourth year, Zoo Art Fair remains one of the best international platforms for emerging contemporary art talent, showcasing under 6 year-old commercial and non-commercial arts organisations. The galleries, project spaces, artist collectives, curatorial groups, publications and their artists represent a considered introduction to the next generation of art professionals.
Zoo Art Fair is a non-profit enterprise supported by the generous sponsorship of established collectors, galleries, brands and arts businesses as well as public funding including Arts Council England.
By arrangement with the Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens.
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