The art world's foremost list, the ArtReview Power 100
, was released today, and many of this year's newcomers and biggest climbers in the index of influence and importance are curators and gallerists. After being topped by Damien Hirst last year
(now #48), this year's Top 5 is full of museum directors and curators: Hans Ulrich Obrist
, the director of London's Serpentine Gallery
took number one; Glenn D. Lowry
, director of MoMA
at number two; Tate
director and Turner Prize
jury chairman Sir Nicholas Serota
came in third; the curator of the 2009 Venice Biennale
and rector of Frankfurt's Staedelschule Daniel Birnbaum placed fourth; and Larry Gagosian
of the eponymous gallery empire
rounded out the top 5.
Other notable features of this year's list: the highest ranked artist is Bruce Nauman at number 10 followed by Jeff Koons at 13; the highest-ranking critic is the New York Times' Roberta Smith at 61; and Glenn Beck (him?) snuck his way in there at number 100 for his very public and very regular assertions that he doesn't get art.