ArtReview's 'Power 100'

Art Review has issued its "Power 100" list of the industry's most influential figures, and manages to make it semi-relevant in these troubled economic times: Erstwhile major art sponsors UBS and Deutsche Bank are conspicuous in their absence, and the list's compilers say that the murky economic climate has made established artists more desirable to big-name collectors. As a result, Damien Hirst is number one—the only other artist in the top ten, Jasper Johns, is number nine—followed by Larry Gagosian and the MOMA's new associate director Kathy Halbreich.

But Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is on the list for the first time thanks to his recent $120 million art shopping spree, probably won't be dropping those kinds of sums again for a good while, nor will he and his cohorts be keeping Larry afloat to such an extent, given the beating their fortunes have taken. Still, how romantic that even though Roman's wedding to fiancée Dasha Zhukova has been put off, they share an entry on the list!


Damien Hirst top, Roman Abramovich debuts in art's 100 Most Powerful [Telegraph]