Rating of the most influential people in the art world 2011 automatic translate
According to the annual rating compiled by the British magazine ArtReview, the first place in the list of the most influential figures of art in 2011 was occupied by the dissident artist from China Ai Weiwei (???), which last year was at the eleventh position, and in 2009 - on the 43rd.
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Journalists working on the rating, emphasize that the activities of Ai Weiwei and its associated influence have spread far beyond the boundaries of art. His sharp criticism of the existing state system in China and political convictions led to the fact that in April of this year he was arrested, and he was forced to spend 81 days in custody. This caused heated discussions of his supporters and a wave of protests in many countries around the world. The fame of the artist, the growth of his popularity and influence is facilitated by the fact that Ai Weiwei actively takes part in social networks, shares his thoughts, views in the journal of microblogging Twitter.
The most significant project of the Chinese artist was exhibited in the Turbine Hall of the London Modern Art Gallery Tate Modern, it was called «Sunflower Seeds». 100 million porcelain seeds of sunflower covered the half of the exhibition hall, and on them the audience visited the gallery. After the completion of the project, 100 kilograms of these famous seeds were sold at auction Sotheby’s in London for 350 thousand pounds sterling, which is more than 560 thousand US dollars.
The authorities of the PRC negatively reacted to the conclusions of the British magazine ArtReview, saying that the awarding of the first place in the rating of the most influential people in the field of art is dictated by political motives. Liu Weimin, one of the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, called the journal’s choice subjective.
In a response statement of the magazine ArtReview, Mark Rappolt (Mark Rappolt), the editor of this publication, stressed that in their decision there were no political motives. The British said that the power of Ai Weiwei’s influence is felt not only in the art world. His landmark works and his speeches contribute to the emergence of political discussions in the international arena.
On the second place in the ranking according to the version of ArtReview is the curator of the gallery Serpentine (London) Hans-Ulrich Obrist, who occupies this place for the second time. This year, he shared this position with Julia Peyton-Jones. Merits of curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist, highly appreciated by the publication, consist in the fact that he managed to turn his gallery into a place where interesting discussions take place about the notable phenomena of contemporary art.
The third place in the ranking belongs to the director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Glenn Lowry.
Larry Gagosyan, the American gallery owner who headed the list last year is now on the fourth position.
Victor Pinchuk, a Ukrainian businessman and well-known philanthropist, rose from the last year’s 37th place in 2011 to the 35th. In 2008, V. Pinchuk held the 67th position, and in 2009 - the 53rd.
The ArtReview rating includes 100 influential names. The representative of Russia, gallery owner Daria Zhukova, who is the director of the Garage Center for Contemporary Art, is on the 81st place of this prestigious list.