The ArtReview Power 100: Are Artists Getting More Powerful?
by Andrea Alessi and Joel Kuennen
In the first edition of ArtReview’s Power 100, a mere four artists were included on the list of the art world’s most influential actors. That was 2002. By 2012 that number would creep up to 16 artists—nearly all men—after hovering in the single digits for most of the decade.
In 2013 the number of “powerful” artists spiked up to a quarter of ArtReview’s annual selectees, where it has remained ever since. This year’s list, which was released Thursday, has a clean 25 entries, with Ai Weiwei taking the highest ranking artist spot at number 2 (he took the top position in 2011, only the second artist to reach number one, after Damien Hirst in 2005).