The Art Review’s Power 100 reflects the most influential art folks (in the world). The much deserved #1 spot for 2011 went to Chinese contemporary artist Ai WeiWei. HOWEVER, this list STILL looks like a cup of vanilla ice cream washed down with a cup of milk. According to Art Review, the list is,
First and foremost, a guide to the general trends, networks and forces that shape the artworld.
~ Art Review on the Power 100
I’m not so sure about the list being a true sign of who truly affects and shapes the art world. The list (still) includes many people behind the business of art versus actual artists. With the power of the internet, interactive media, and new media arts, there’s a huge void in the list. In addition, calling these individuals powerful is largely based on accessibility to them. I’m sure Larry Gagosian (last year’s #1) wouldn’t even look at me if I walked into his space. Coincidently, his New York gallery is not too far from Eyebeam (highly influential arts and technology organization that is fertile ground for some ridiculously talented artists).
Bottom line: Although the list may infuriate, excite, or perturb, it’s a gateway into learning one side of the multi-faceted/dimensional nature of the art world.
Click here to read my write-up for the Power 100 list of 2010.