Culture 18 October 2012 The Art Review Power 100 Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev tops the list. Print HTML This morning ArtReview announced the 2012 Power 100, their annual list of the contemporary art world’s most influential people. The rankings are decided according to “a combination of influence over the production of art internationally, sheer financial clout (although in these times that’s no longer such a big factor) and activity in the previous 12 months”, and can include collectors, scholars and curators, as well as artists. This year the magazine are claiming the list represents a “fragmenting scene” in which the desire for political engagement and social inclusion rubs up against the traditional practices of the art world’s ruling class. A statement accompanying the list reads: “beyond Big Money, there are Big Ideas to be fought over, about who art is for, as much as what it is for. At a time of constant muttering about the 1% and the other 99%, the artworld might be living proof that art really does imitate life.” The list is topped by Carolyn Christov-Bakergiev, an Italy- and US-based curator responsible for this summer’s highly successful Documenta 13 exhibition based in Kassel, Germany. This is the first time the top spot has been awarded to a curator (Gerhart Richter is the highest-ranked “pure” artist at number 6), a decision made not only due to the astonishing scale of Documenta 13 (it touched down everywhere from battlements and quantum physics labs in Kassel to the cities of Kabul, Banff and Cairo, expanding thematically far beyond the boundaries of art to bolster its inclusiveness), but also due of the timeliness of the statement it makes about and to the rest of the names on the list. “Documenta 13 allowed artists to speak for themselves through their work, and to make their own sets of rules,” ArtReview says. “And by pitting artists with and against quantum physicists, military historians, biologists, economists and activist, Christov-Bakargiev and her team treated art as strong enough to hold its own in furthering debates, building meaning and extending thought, addressing the world not from an ivory tower, but from being in the world.” New Statesman guest editor Ai Weiwei topped the list in 2011, an artist for whom making art and “being in the world” have become virtually indistinguishable. His recognition by a major international art magazine provoked criticism from Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lui Weimin last year, who told a news briefing in Beijing: “China has many artists who have sufficient ability. We feel that a selection that is based purely on a political bias and perspective has violated the objectives of the magazine”. ArtReview however, had this to say: “Ai, who was arrested and imprisoned for 81 days earlier [last] year, was ranked number one as a result of his activism as much as his art practice – both articulating a move away from the idea that artists work within a priveleged zone limited by the walls of a gallery or museum”. The 2012 edition of the ArtReview Power 100 will be published in the November issue of the magazine and will carry full profiles, features and photography portfolios. The list, in full, runs as follows: 1. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev 2. Larry Gagosian 3. Ai Weiwei 4. Iwan Wirth 5. David Zwirner 6. Gerhard Richter 7. Beatrix Ruf 8. Nicholas Serota 9. Glenn D. Lowry 10. Hans Ulrich Obrist & Julia Peyton-Jones 11. Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani 12. Anton Vidokle, Julieta Aranda & Brian Kuan Wood (e-flux) 13. Cindy Sherman 14. Alain Seban & Alfred Pacquement 15. Adam D. Weinberg 16. Annette Schönholzer, Marc Spiegler & Magnus Renfrew 17. Marc Glimcher 18. Marian Goodman 19. Massimiliano Gioni 20. Jay Jopling 21. François Pinault 22. Klaus Biesenbach 23. Matthew Slotover & Amanda Sharp 24. Barbara Gladstone 25. RoseLee Goldberg 26. Eli & Edythe Broad 27. Patricia Phelps de Cisneros 28. Bernard Arnault 29. Nicholas Logsdail 30. Liam Gillick 31. Ann Philbin 32. Victor Pinchuk 33. Maja Hoffmann 34. Tim Blum & Jeff Poe 35. Marina Abramović 36. Dakis Joannou 37. Udo Kittelmann 38. Monika Sprüth & Philomene Magers 39. Matthew Marks 40. Gavin Brown 41. Damien Hirst 42. Rosemarie Trockel 43. Wolfgang Tillmans 44. Agnes Gund 45. Chus Martínez 46. Isa Genzken 47. Iwona Blazwick 48. Anne Pasternak 49. Sadie Coles 50. Daniel Buchholz 51. Toby Webster 52. Adam Szymczyk 53. James Lingwood & Michael Morris 54. William Wells & Yasser Gerab 55. Michael Ringier 56. Theaster Gates 57. Pussy Riot 58. Jeff Koons 59. Steve McQueen 60. Takashi Murakami 61. Boris Groys 62. Emmanuel Perrotin 63. Richard Chang 64. Tim Neuger & Burkhard Riemschneider 65. Slavoj Zizek 66. Thaddaeus Ropac 67. Chang Tsong-zung 68. Elena Filipovic 69. Tino Sehgal 70. Christian Boros & Karen Lohmann 71. Luisa Strina 72. Claire Hsu 73. José Kuri & Mónica Manzutto 74. Brett Gorvy & Amy Cappellazzo 75. Tobias Meyer & Cheyenne Westphal 76. Budi Tek 77. Walid Raad 78. Cuauhtémoc Medina 79. Massimo De Carlo 80. Bernardo Paz 81. Christine Tohme 82. Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi & Maurizio Rigillo 83. John Baldessari 84. Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi 85. Dasha Zhukova 86. Vasif Kortun 87. Anita & Poju Zabludowicz 88. Candida Gertler 89. Gisela Capitain 90. Carol Greene 91. Franco Noero & Pierpaolo Falone 92. Jacques Rancière 93. Miuccia Prada 94. Maureen Paley 95. Don, Mera, Jason & Jennifer Rubell 96. Paul Chan 97. Victoria Miro 98. Adriano Pedrosa 99. Johann König 100. Gregor Podnar › Taking on the "Great Firewall of China" Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Photo: Getty Images. Philip Maughan is a freelance writer in Berlin and a former Assistant Editor at the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles In living colour: the glorious banality of William Eggleston's photographs The East End from the inside Can film ever work in an art gallery?