The London Art Biennale 2017, Chelsea Old Town Hall
It took more than a year to organise and select the 130 artists among more than 2000 applications, a huge organisation that brought another success to the Gagliardi Gallery and to art in general.
The curators, Peter Gagliardi, Elena Foschi and Mia Ciupic, and critics like Timothy Warrington, Karen Lappon and Christopher Rosewood have worked incessantly, giving all their best in order to organise this exhibition that thousands of visitors have reviewed positively.
Martin Betts declared that he had never seen such a prestigious exhibition both for its organisation and for its art. Considering that this year there have been many photographic works, especially from China, Mr. Lonnie Schlein, Pulitzer Prize winner in 2002, was nominated as President of the jury to hand out the prizes to the artists awarded.
Lonnie Schlein, an icon of the Biennale, has had a unique career as a photographer. He started at the New York Times in 1975 as Photo editor of the Sunday Arts & Leisure Section and Friday Weekend Section.
In 1992 he was appointed Foreign Picture editor responsible for the photo coverage during the fall of Gorbachev and other major world events.
On September 11th 2001, Lonnie was assigned to handle all photography that dealt with the terrorist attack on the USA for the New York Times.
Lonnie is currently one of the most respected photographers in the world. The prizes will be awarded on Sunday 2nd April 2017 at 3pm at the Chelsea Old Town Hall.