Every fall since 2002, ArtReview magazine has compiled a list of the most powerful people in the world of the arts. Criteria is based on “a combination of influence over the production of art internationally, sheer financial clout… and activity in the previous 12 months.” Interestingly, artists tend to make up only 20% to 30% of the list’s occupants — as opposed to curators, collectors, etc. We’ve combed through this year’s list and found the top 10 most powerful artists of 2010. You might be surprised to see where some of your favorites landed.
10. Jeff Koons – Overall Ranking 47
It has been a relatively laidback year for Koons. He curated Skin Fruit, a New Museum exhibition by Dakis Joannou, and designed a sports car for BMW. He also did some philanthropic work, including revamping the decor of a children’s hospital and supporting his Koons Family Institute on International Law and Policy. ArtReview‘s take: “The charity works seem incongruous next to Koons’s increasingly worn-out shtick of subversion within a consumerist aesthetic.”