Saturday, October 20, 2012

The top 10 percent

It’s list season again as the Northern and first off the block is Art Review with its top 100 most influential people in the art world. Well rest easy it is much the same as last year with only two changes in the critical top 10. There are three women of the eleven chosen (the Serpentine gallery gets to have both its directors in place 10 which is their first time this high) and only two artists Ai Weiwei for his politics and Gerhard Richter for his muscle in the market. Larry Gagosian is up a place from last year at two and might be on the way to the top again as he was in 2010. He is one of three dealer gallerists on the top 10.Top this year is Documenta curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargeiv who you will remember also judged one of the Walters Prize finals. Last in at 100 is eponymous Slovenian Gallery owner Gregor Podnar. You can see the full 100 here.
Image: Carolyn Christov-Bakargeiv with Francis Upritchard’s award winning work for the 2008 Walters Prize.