Larry Gagosian tops 2010 Art Review power list

Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:27am EDT
 
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - U.S. collector and gallery owner Larry Gagosian has been named the art world's most powerful figure in the annual ArtReview ranking, dominated this year by established commercial galleries.

Gagosian has nine galleries around the world after opening a new space in Paris, as well as an office in Hong Kong and a shop in New York.

He reclaims the position he held in 2004, and in the last 12 months staged "museum quality" exhibitions of Picasso, Monet, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Prince and the Crash group show, a homage to J.G. Ballard.

"Some of what he shows is extraordinary, but it's increasingly served up with a side dish of arrogance," ArtReview wrote on Thursday.

"This is not appealing, but it's the behavior of power in excelsis, when all competition has vanished from the rearview."

Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, last year's number one, was second in the list, while his compatriot Iwan Wirth, a dealer and gallery owner, came third.

German David Zwirner, with three New York gallery spaces and a fourth on its way, rose from 12th in 2009 to fourth, while Glenn D. Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, fell to fifth from second place last year.

"In 2010, for better or worse, power lay with the established commercial gallery market," ArtReview said in its introduction to the ranking, which is decided by an anonymous panel of experts and published during the Frieze Art Fair in London.   Continued...