With all the talk about power in the art world, it was inevitable thatsomeone would get around to poking fun at the concept. The Rebelmagazine in London is taking a shot with its list of the “50 LeastImportant” art world figures, a heavily British roster that includesthe Hayward Gallery (no. 29), artist Gavin Turk (no. 48) and Royal Academy head Norman Rosenthal (no. 32). “It’s a satirical idea of the power list and completely arbitrary,” says a Rebel editor, Jasper Joffe, of Sartorial galleryin London, which publishes the quarterly. “It questions what importancemeans.” Even so, the burning question remains: Who occupies the Rebels top—or is it bottom—spot? The answer is J. J. Charlesworth, an editor at Art Review.The bemused critic responded to the news with undiminished wit: “I’mvery happy to share the list with such complete unknowns as Liam Gillick and Darren Almond. I’m glad that I’m apparently more less important than they are. And what is this Rebel magazine anyway? I’ve never heard of it.”
"The 50 Least Powerful" originally appeared in the February 2008 issue of Art+Auction. For a complete list of articles from this issue available on ARTINFO, see Art+Auction's February 2008 Table of Contents.