My husband loves his fantasy football. I’m intrigued by ArtReview’s Power 100, a list of the art world’s most notable players.
This year’s list has just been announced – and while many curators and artists are a part of the list, the influential global gallerists Iwan & Manuela Wirth top it. With branches of Hauser & Wirth in Europe and soon to be Los Angeles, they’ve done an excellent job in expanding the meaning of what an arts space can be – a hybrid space between museum, a gallery, a college, a club with a little theater thrown in. Their presence continues to be aesthetically pleasing and filled with provocative work by some of the world’s leading talent. Congrats.
Also in the Top 10 are a few personal favorites: Chinese artist and one of my favorite social activists, Ai Weiwei, curator, Instagram star and author of my post-holiday reading Hans Ulrich Obrist, plus Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, whose vast, dense and eclectic “Saltwater” themed Istanbul Biennial was the provocative surprise of my recent trip to Europe.
It’s easy to find the global contemporary art world a complex and often fragmented place, which is part of its power and beauty. Lists such as the above are good starting points to discover new artists, new movements and new cities to explore.
Read the whole list here: and enjoy my little photo tribute to Ai and Hans below: