The Power List

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Power Dealers

Tim Blum & Jeff Poe
The perennially hip Los Angeles duo, whose roster includes Tim Hawkinson, Sharon Lockhart and Keith Tyson, reopened in a new 21,000-square-foot space in October.

Marianne Boesky
Boesky is said to have done well at Frieze, mainly thanks to large-scale watercolors by collector favorite Barnaby Furnas. New Yorkers have come to count on the Chelsea gallerist for museum-caliber shows, and the Arte Povera survey opening next month could be among them.

 

Massimo De Carlo
The Milan dealer, who represents an A-list of established international artists (Chris Burden and Carsten Höller among them), is invading London with a new Dover Street space set to open this month.

Arne Glimcher
PaceWildenstein’s chairman reopened the gallery’s huge Beijing branch this fall after a 13-month hiatus for renovations. The reinaugural show of Zhang Xiaogang silkscreened steel plates sold out immediately.

Barry Friedman
The fine- and decorative-arts purveyor again proved his aesthetic savvy this past fall with his mold-shattering show of Venetian glass by Cristiano Bianchin, Yoichi Ohira and Laura de Santillana, three artists whose work he first championed more than a decade ago.

Dominique Lévy & Robert Mnuchin
The pair behind New York’s L&M Arts holds the keys to the secondary market for works by 20th-century legends like Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein.

Daniel Malingue
The respected Paris dealer of Impressionist and modern art received new acclaim as the mastermind behind FIAC’s Modern Project, in which 10 big-name galleries flaunted their gems, much to the chagrin of auction houses starved for treasure.

Victoria Miro
The London megadealer, known for her longtime representation of now-blue-chip artists like Peter Doig and Chris Ofili, opened the fall season with an ambitious show of a huge tapestry by the 2003 Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry.

Emmanuel Perrotin
After a yearlong sabbatical, the Parisian dealer — who represents some of his country’s best and brightest, Sophie Calle and Xavier Veilhan among them — reopened his Miami space this month with a solo show by Matthew Day Jackson.

Iwan & Manuela Wirth
The Zurich couple, who opened a long- anticipated New York outpost in the fall, continue to beef up their all-star roster with additions like Indian sculptor Subodh Gupta.

David Zwirner
The New York dealer expanded his square footage with a new white cube on West 19th Street. He also nabbed formal representation of the Dan Flavin estate.


Power of Tradition

Konrad Bernheimer
The Munich and London dealer, in partnership with Johnny Van Haeften and Otto Naumann, bought one of the year’s auction gems: Hendrik Terbrugghen’s 1624 Portrait of a Bagpipe Player in Profile.

William Chak
Chak went to work for a Hong Kong art dealer when only 16. Some 30 years later, he is a remarkable expert in Chinese ceramics and an adviser to many of mainland China’s voracious collectors.

Tony Delorenzo
Terming him a leading dealer in 20th-century decorative arts is an understatement. DeLorenzo pioneered the New York markets for French Art Deco and for the midcentury-modern French triumvirate Serge Mouille, Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé.

Giuseppe Eskenazi
Born into a Milanese family of Oriental-art dealers, Eskenazi started looking for works while a university student in London. Today his eponymous gallery is the destination for collectors of early Chinese art.

Richard Feigen
This éminence grise of the New York scene continues to hold sway across a staggering swath of Western art, from Old Masters to Pop’s makers.

Sam Fogg
In the rarefied categories of medieval, Ethiopian, Islamic and Indian art, there may be no more renowned specialist than this London dealer, whose clients include major museums.

Littleton & Hennessey
The exquisite wares — and crowd of interested connoisseurs — at the London and New York dealer’s TEFAF Maastricht stand affirmed its preeminence in the Asian-art field.

Benjamin Steinitz
While other dealers waited to see which way the market winds would blow, this antiquaire, as rich in swagger as in swag, opened a second, lavishly appointed Paris outpost on the posh Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Clients lined up at the door.

Axel Vervoordt
The Flemish collector, antiques dealer and designer, who brings a Zen spirit to Old World interiors, has in recent years attracted fresh attention as a curator with an epic bent. For many visitors, his "In-finitum" exhibit in the Palazzo Fortuny at this year’s Venice Biennale evoked satori.


Power Patrons

Maria Baibakova
The mining heiress, gallerist and burgeoning collector was the lead sponsor of this fall’s Kandinsky retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York.

Eli Broad
His unprecedented $30 million MOCA bailout seems to be working: Since accepting Broad’s offer late last year, the L.A. museum has raised more than $57 million in additional capital.

Agnes Gund
The president emerita of MoMA isn’t slowing down anytime soon. This year she was appointed chairman of the board at P.S.1. She also joined the Cleveland Museum of Art as a trustee.

Victor Pinchuk
With one hand, the steel billionaire throws money behind Damien Hirst. With the other, he supports talent closer to home through initiatives like the PinchukArtCentre Prize and exhibition for young Ukrainian artists.

Miuccia Prada & Patrizio Bertelli
A sprawling new Rem Koolhaas- designed home for the fashion- world couple’s 16-year-old contemporary-art foundation near Milan is in the works.


Perennial Power


William Acquavella

His family’s 88-year-old New York gallery continues to broker the finest in modern and contemporary art from its palatial Upper East Side headquarters.

Bernard Arnault
The LVMH CEO and avid collector remains among the world’s richest men. Despite the faltering economy, he’s determined to open his $200 million Frank Gehry-designed art museum, still in the planning stages, in Paris.

Jeffrey Deitch
The longtime New York dealer stays relevant with an evolving, buzzy roster of established and midcareer artists and a steady presence in the salesrooms.

Larry Gagosian
The untouchable kingpin presides over a growing contemporary- and modern-art dealing empire that now includes a retail outpost on New York’s Madison Avenue. Rumored to be a new client: the royal family of Qatar.

Marian Goodman
The New York and Paris contemporary-art dealer doesn’t need a Chelsea branch to attract top collectors. Her blue-chip artists and her sterling reputation are draw enough.

Jose Mugrabi
With sons Alberto and David, the New York-based dealer still largely controls the market for Warhol and Basquiat.

Mera & Donald Rubell
Their collecting continues to launch artists’ careers, and their foundation helps keep Miami on the art world map.

Charles Saatchi
A book, a reality show and recession-defying purchases made this quite a year for the London ad man.

Johnny van Haeften
The London dealer and big auction bidder remains the first name in Dutch and Flemish Old Masters.


Power Collectors


Peter Brant
The opening of the Brant Foundation Art Study Center on his 200-some acre Greenwich, Connecticut, estate was overshadowed by a nasty split from his supermodel wife, Stephanie Seymour, and rumors of an uncertain future for his paper mills and publishing house.

Steven A. Cohen
Some hedge funders have halted their art acquiring, but not the head of SAC Capital Advisors. The usually reticent auction-skybox regular raised his profile (and some eyebrows) when he lent Sotheby’s 20 works from his holdings valued at $450 million for a show.

Moz Fabris
The London- and Milan-based financier and Maserati racer recently added collector to his résumé after nabbing a Lucio Fontana Concetto Spaziale at Phillips London.

Laurence Graff
The London-based diamond magnate bought a 1982 Basquiat for $4.5 million at TEFAF Maastricht in March and has continued to acquire, despite the $65 million heist at his London flagship store in August.

Susan & Michael Hort
Even in tough times the New York couple remain committed to their mission of supporting young artists. Their annual open house during the Armory Show has established them as tastemakers .

François Pinault
The perennial superbuyer opened his second Venice museum, the Punta della Dogana, in conjunction with this summer’s Biennale.

Bernardo Paz
The Brazilian mining magnate is making waves by commissioning major new works by artists like Doug Aitken, Matthew Barney and Chris Burden for his Inhotim Contemporary Art Center.

Sheikh Saud bin Mohammed bin Ali al-Thani
Before he was accused of embezzling millions, the Qatar royal was considered the world’s biggest art collector. He seems to have recovered from his legal woes and is again shopping.

Peter Silverman
The Canadian-born art lover discovered the portrait of a woman he sold for $19,000 in 1998, and bought back for $22,000 in 2005, is likely a Leonardo worth $147 million.

Liu Yiqian
The Chinese investor is the rumored buyer of a Qing Dynasty "dragon" throne at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in October, whose $11.1-million price tag set a record for Chinese furniture.

Anita & Chaim "Poju" Zabludowicz
The London couple were active collectors at Frieze and are said still to be planning a Las Vegas museum to supplement their 176 Gallery


Auction Power


Pierre Bergé
While presiding over the two sales — held in February and November in conjunction with Christie’s Paris and totaling more than $484 million — of the collection he shared with Yves Saint Laurent, Bergé reaped multimillion-dollar returns from his own auction house, Pierre Bergé & Associés, in Paris and Brussels.

Kevin Ching
In the three years since becoming CEO of Sotheby’s Asia, Ching has seen the Asian market swell — and collapse. This fall he oversaw its muscular resurgence with sales of Chinese art, wine and jewels whose combined take of $170 million beat expectations.

Stephane Cosman Connery
In the second quarter, Sotheby’s posted private sales of $134 million, 46 percent higher than the same period in 2008. Key to this coup was Connery, senior vice president of impressionist and modern art and head of the house’s private sales division. He also happens to be the son of actor Sean Connery.

Matthew Carey-Williams
In August, Christie’s beefed up its private-sales force by shifting the well-connected Carey-Williams from director of the Haunch of Venison gallery in London to European director of private sales.

Laurent Dassault
The vice president of Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault, which owns Artcurial (as well as a vineyard and a jet manufacturer), spearheaded efforts to open a branch of the auction house in Abu Dhabi, where the UAE will allow it to hold two sales a year, beginning in 2010. Freeman’s auctioneers The Philadelphia auction house snagged the Lehman Brothers corporate collection and sold every piece, raking in $1.35 million, double the sale’s estimate.

Brett Gorvy
The cohead (with Amy Cappellazzo) of postwar and contemporary art at Christie’s New York was the brains behind the shifting of Chinese contemporary works to sales in Hong Kong.

Leigh Keno
The ubiquitous purveyor of American antiques is busy gathering material for the first sale, set for May 2010, at his full-service Keno Auctions, launched this summer.

Francis Outred
After spending more than nine years at Sotheby’s London as head of evening and private sales, Outred moved to rival Christie’s in January. As international director and European head of postwar and contemporary art, he has established a formidable presence, particularly in the crucial area of private sales.

Mark Poltimore
With many of the Russian oligarchs whose business he wooed during the boom no longer buying, the Sotheby’s deputy chairman of Europe and new markets has been cultivating patrons in the Far and Middle East.

Bernd Runge
Since taking over in March, the new Phillips de Pury & Company CEO has changed the firm’s auction schedule and reconfigured its catalogues to look more like magazines — not surprising given his 10-year stint at Condé Nast Europe.

Cheyenne Westphal
The German- born, London-based contemporary-art chairman for Sotheby’s in Europe has developed lucrative relationships with collectors and with such artists as Damien Hirst.


Power Curators


Klaus Biesenbach
The art world is waiting to see how the longtime P.S.1 curator will fare in a more administrative role when he takes the reins at the museum in January.

Daniel Birnbaum
The scholar, international curator and head of the Städelschule, in Frankfurt, received mixed reviews (some found it dry) for his sprawling Venice Biennale this summer.

Francesco Bonami
His massive survey "Italics: Italian Art Between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008," shown in Venice and Chicago, provoked criticism, but he has scored one of the biggest gigs on the curatorial circuit: the 2010 Whitney Biennial.

Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst
The London-based curator at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture is helping its director, the Russian heiress-collector Dasha Zhukova, spend her rubles wisely.

Melissa Chiu
The director of the Asia Society Museum is catapulting the New York institution to the forefront of the field of contemporary Chinese art.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
The chief curator of the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, in Turin, is gearing up for her role as the artistic director of Documenta 13, hitting Kassel, Germany, in 2012.

Alison Gingeras
The Pinault collection curator co-organized the inaugural exhibition at Punta della Dogana, in Venice, this summer and also had a hand in one of the buzziest shows in London this year, "Pop Life," at the Tate Modern.

Hans Ulrich Obrist
The Serpentine Gallery co-director was at just about every major biennial this year — from Sharjah to Venice.

John Richardson
The biographer and art historian partnered with dealer Larry Gagosian this year to curate a New York show of late Picassos that had gallerygoers lining up for a look.

Ali Subotnick
This former collaborator (with Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni) on the legendary Wrong Gallery continues to breathe fresh life into the UCLA Hammer Museum with shows like this year’s "Nine Lives: Visionary Artists from L.A."

WHW
The Croatian curatorial team behind What, How & for Whom — Ivet Curlin, Ana Devic, Natasa Ilíc and Sabina Sabolovic — earned near-universal praise this year for its Bertolt Brecht-inspired Istanbul Biennial.


Executive Power


Edward Dolman
The Christie’s CEO eked out a few bright spots in a dismal year for auction houses — among them, the $484 million-plus Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé collection sales.

Barack Obama
The commander in chief and his wife, Michelle, brought exciting art into the White House, including borrowed works by Glenn Ligon, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and Ed Ruscha.

William Ruprecht
The Sotheby’s CEO had a year of ups and downs. The day after a spectacular Impressionist and modern art sale, the company announced a $57.8 million loss for the third-quarter.

Charles E. Young
After bailing out L.A. MOCA last year, and reportedly ousting director Jeremy Strick, Eli Broad installed Young as CEO. Since then, donations have risen, and the museum held a star-studded 30th-anniversary gala in November. Young’s soon-to-end tenure may be extended six months as MOCA seeks a new director.


Power Artists

Marina Abramovic
Renewed interest in performance has kept Abramovic busy, with her curated marathon of live art at the Manchester International Festival this summer and a forthcoming retrospective at New York’s MoMA.

Ron Arad
The Israeli-born architect created a splash with his survey at MoMA and the Centre Pompidou. And he’s still hogging the spotlight with his Design Museum Holon, set to open in his native land next spring.

Mark Bradford
In September Bradford’s layered abstractions were installed with Kara Walker’s mixed-media pieces in a terrific show at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York. And, oh yeah, he scored a MacArthur "genius" grant...

Damien Hirst
Hirst himself hasn’t done much to follow up on his solo auction last year, but collector Victor Pinchuk staged the largest presentation of the artist’s work to date in Kiev this spring.

Roni Horn
A retrospective as stunning yet subtle as her art toured London, New York and Avignon.

Anish Kapoor
With major new works in his Royal Academy of Arts survey and a large installation at the Guggenheim this fall, the London-based sculptor greatly expanded his sophisticated experiments with materiality and illusion.

Jeff Koons
To his CV, Koons adds curator (of a show at the New Museum), author (in a deal with the Wylie Agency) and financial backer (of Abu Dhabi Art).

Yayoi Kusama
The octogenarian rebounded in the market and on the show circuit, scattering her polka dots from Beverly Hills to New Zealand.

Steve McQueen
The video artist, who represented the U.K. at the Venice Biennale, had a major crossover success with his visceral indie feature Hunger.

Takashi Murakami
The mega-artist starred in the Tate’s "Pop Life" show, and his Kaikai Kiki Co.’s L.A. branch is planning animated and live-action features.

Bruce Nauman
The profoundly influential Conceptualist achieved virtual apotheosis after his Golden Lion-winning showing at the U.S. Pavilion in Venice.


Alternative Power


Joe Amrhein
In March the Brooklyn artist/dealer behind Pierogi gallery boldly opened the Boiler — a giant nearby satellite for bigger and more experimental programming.

The Bruce High Quality Foundation
The grassroots (and anonymously backed) answer to pricey and still-popular MFA programs hopes to change the art world, one free diy curriculum at a time.

Elizabeth Dee
The New York dealer put on her nonprofit hat to launch the X Initiative, one of the city’s most exciting (albeit temporary) new ventures in years.

Anne Pasternak
Creative Time, Pasternak’s huge New York nonprofit, was a major local force, with programs in Times Square and Governor’s Island. The organization is making a splash outside the city too, running a video and performance series at this month’s Art Basel Miami Beach.

Swoon
The Brooklyn street artist and a crew of anarchists crashed the Venice Biennale on a handcrafted boat made of trash, becoming one of the most talked-about spectacles in the show.


Power Outage

Brandeis University
Deaccessioning was taken to an extreme in January when cash-poor Brandeis threatened to close its Rose Art Museum and sell the collection. It backed down, but the museum is still in a muddle, and the university’s president has resigned.

Chanel Mobile Art
The economic downturn put the brakes on this brainchild of Karl Lagerfeld and Zaha Hadid, in which Hadid’s spaceshiplike structure held a traveling show of such artists as Daniel Buren, Wim Delvoye and Yoko Ono. After 2008‘s stops in Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, Chanel canceled 2009 appearances in London, Moscow and Paris.

Georges Delettrez
Under his tepid presidency, Hôtel Drouot’s sales plummeted, and much-needed renovations were put off.

Shepard Fairey
The street artist, arrested on old warrants for tagging on the opening night of his big show at ICA Boston, was winning the fair-use lawsuit over his famous Obama Hope poster — until it turned out he’d fibbed to his lawyers about which shot by AP photographer Mannie Garcia had served as his source.

Grosvenor House Fine Art & Antiques Fair
The Marriott Group shuttered the 75-year-old London fixture in July.

Annie Leibovitz
The celebrity photographer’s money troubles landed her in a lawsuit with lender Art Capital Group and almost cost her ownership of her oeuvre.

Ezra Merkin Having lost millions for his clients in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, the financier was deprived of his Rothkos and Giacomettis after being sued by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. They were sold through PaceWildenstein, reportedly for $310 million.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
The 42-year-old Canadian firm, which often partnered on sales with Sotheby’s, filed for bankruptcy in October.


Young Power


Kathy Grayson & Nicola Vassell

Jeffrey Deitch can’t rule the downtown art scene all by himself. Assisting him at the gallery is a dynamic directorial duo, each with a sharp eye for new talent. Among their efforts: "It Ain’t Fair," a freewheeling side project shown in conjunction with last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach. This fall Grayson curated "New York Minute," a group show that brought work by Nate Lowman, Ryan McGinley, Terence Koh and others to the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome.

Sean Horton
While still in his 20s, the New York dealer began showing emerging artists in his Lower East Side gallery, Sunday. Now he has branched out to a second space, Horton Gallery, in Chelsea.

Yasmil Raymond
The new Dia Art Foundation curator has a tough act to follow in Lynne Cooke, who left for the Reina Sofía, in Madrid, last year. But Raymond proved her curatorial chops at the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis, with shows of such artists as Tomás Saraceno and Tino Sehgal.

Sunny Rahbar & Claudia Cellini
As Middle Eastern art takes off internationally, two intrepid women behind Dubai’s Third Line gallery are building a base for it at home. Rahbar, who was raised in Dubai, and the Italian-American Cellini show up-and-coming artists like Farhad Moshiri and just attended their first Frieze Art Fair.

João Ribas
The Portuguese-born 30-year-old recently left his post at the Drawing Center, in New York, to serve as curator of exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tirdad Zolghadr
In 2009 this tireless Tehran-born writer, co-curator of the 2005 Sharjah Biennial and documentary filmmaker added to his résumé curator of the first-ever Venice Biennale pavilion for the UAE.


Legal Power


Charles & Thomas Danziger
A+As Brothers in Law see themselves as transactional attorneys in the art world, but lately they have spent a lot of time rescuing collectors, dealers and museums from recession-related troubles.

Lawrence Kaye
Among Kaye’s specialties is the recovery of art stolen during the Holocaust.

Ralph Lerner
Specializing in tax and estate matters, Lerner has built a powerful list of collector clients, including Steven A. Cohen.

John Silberman
The most prominent New York attorney representing artists, Silberman recently added the Dan Flavin estate to his client list, which also includes Richard Serra, the de Kooning estate and collectors.

Ronald Spencer
An attorney with the New York-based firm Carter Ledyard & Milburn, Spencer wields serious art world power derived largely from his representation of both the Andy Warhol Authentication Board and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Peter Stern
He counsels artists, collectors, dealers and museums but also plies the nonprofit side; after serving 10 years as chairman of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, he became chairman emeritus this past July.


Power Exhibitions

"Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures," the L.A. County Museum of Art
Linking political and cultural systems, this landmark survey of postwar German art showed the dramatic differences and surprising parallels between art production in East and West Germany.

"The Generational: Younger than Jesus," the New Museum, NY
This inaugural triennial took the pulse of artists under 33 and posed the question: Can any artist have as big an impact as, well, Jesus?

"Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice," the Boston Museum of Fine Art
The highly regarded show, assembled in partnership with the Louvre, traced four decades of feverish competition among three passionate painters as they explored the sumptuous possibilities of the newly embraced medium of oil.

"James Ensor," MoMA, NY
This retrospective thrilled viewers with its beautiful yet macabre paintings, reacquainting the world with how the Belgian artist helped define modernity.

"Jeff Koons Versailles," France
It’s hard to say what Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette would have made of a giant lobster hanging in the royal apartments, but a kitsch kinship emerges between Koons’s oversized pop symbols and the palace’s baroque grandeur.

"Vermeer’s Masterpiece: The Milkmaid," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Whether an example of 17th-century voyeurism or an homage to the working class, the Dutch master’s most celebrated painting, owned by Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, joined five Vermeers from the Met’s collection for a recession-friendly miniexhibition that drew viewers in droves.

"Georgia O’Keeffe: Abstraction," The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
The radicalism of the American modernist’s early abstractions has stunned viewers more familiar with the flowers and skulls she painted in New Mexico.

"Pop Life: Art in a Material World," Tate Modern, London
With Andy Warhol’s late works as its starting point, this controversial show finally gave the artist-as-brand phenomenon its due. 


Rogue Power

Art Capital Group
The litigious New York lending operation called photographer Annie Leibovitz on her default of a $24 million loan.

Jeffrey du Vallier d’Aragon Aranita
The French Polynesian-born artist vanished after launching MOCA China in Hong Kong late last year. In January the museum folded, with massive debt, and Aranita, although traced to Hawaii, is still MIA.

Frédéric Mitterrand
Making French museums free for all young Europeans was an early coup for France’s new culture minister, who is also an outspoken gay-rights activist, but François Mitterrand’s nephew has made a few faux pas, like defending Roman Polanski’s rape of a 13-year-old girl and confessing to being an enthusiastic patron of Bangkok’s boy brothels.


Fairs Power


Stéphane Custot & Patrick Perrin
Introducing fine art into DesignArt London, which runs during Frieze, and renaming it Pavilion of Art & Design London, to evoke Perrin’s French edition, was risky, but it paid off. The duo garnered kudos for their discerning vetting committee, while exhibitors parted profitably with their Warhols and Picassos.

Jennifer Flay
The 35-year-old FIAC has been rejuvenated. The credit goes partly to its move from the dreary Porte de Versailles back to its former digs in the opulent Grand Palais but even more so to director Flay, who initiated a special selling exhibition, featuring such heavy hitters as Gagosian and PaceWildenstein, and spiffed up the Paris institution’s emerging-art offerings.

David Lester
A recession can’t stop David and Lee Ann Lester’s momentum. In February they revived the Palm Beach International Fine Art Fair, which they had just bought back, and in August they took over London’s Olympia just as Grosvenor House folded.

Annette Schönholzer & Marc Spiegler
The Art Basel co-directors have reconfigured the layout of their Miami Beach event to improve the experience for fairgoers and exhibitors alike. They also courageously admitted that the Art Supernova section was a misstep.


Power Directors


Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
This summer Walmart heiress Alice Walton tapped the former Toledo Museum of Art director to head her massive (and still-forthcoming) Bentonville, Arkansas, museum.

Thomas Campbell, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The former tapestries curator shot up the power scale this year when he succeeded Philippe de Montebello.

Dimitrios Pandermalis, New Acropolis Museum
With the recent unveiling in Athens of the Bernard Tschumi-designed museum, director Pandermalis might be one step closer to coaxing the Elgin Marbles back to Greece.

Timothy Rub, the Philadelphia Museum of art
The ambitious Rub left his directorial post at the Cleveland Museum of Art midexpansion to fill the late Anne d’Harnoncourt’s top spot in Philadelphia.

Ralph Rugoff, the Hayward Gallery
The American curator-director brings the best to London. This year’s blockbusters included "Walking in My Mind" and a major Ruscha retrospective.

Nicholas Serota, Tate Galleries
As if the Tate director were not powerful enough already, this summer he secured lifetime tenure at the London institution.

Olga Viso, The Walker Art Center
Viso has kept the Minneapolis mainstay relevant and afloat — even taking a pay cut so that she can still mount major exhibitions.


Social Networking Power


Jerry Saltz

In his criticism, Saltz has always tried to gauge the art world’s Zeitgeist. Lately he’s found the ideal research tool in the social networking site Facebook, where he asks his nearly 5,000 friends to comment on everything from the dearth of work by women artists at New York’s MoMA to the right-wing talk-show host Glenn Beck’s recherché views on art.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art
The museum took the initiative to develop ArtBabble.org, an online hub for museums to post art-related video content. The site launched in April with several other eager museum partners, including the Los Angles County Museum of Art, moma in New York, SFMOMA and the Smithsonian.

Ai Weiwei
This past September the Beijing-based artist, never one to shy from controversy, posted on his Twitter account photographs of himself in a German hospital being treated for head injuries sustained during an encounter with Chinese police preventing him from testifying at an activist’s trial.

The Brooklyn Museum
Under director Arnold Lehman, the museum has long been concerned with community outreach. Now it’s taken that mission into the blogosphere with 1stfans Twitter Art Feed, updating readers on everything from the trials of exhibition installation to the discovery of emerging artists. Plus, it’s a pioneer of interactive smartphone gallery tours.


Concentrated Power


Greece

With an active collector base, including powerhouses like Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art founder Dakis Joannou (above with Jeff Koons), recently elected Guggenheim trustee Dimitris Daskalopoulos and Dinos Martinos; a just-opened Gagosian outpost, run by shipping heiress Marina Livanos, and Bernard Tschumi-designed New Acropolis Museum, both in Athens; and a tough-as-nails culture minister, Antonis Samaras, this Mediterranean country is poised for a cultural renaissance.

Hong Kong
Chinese buying habits, particularly when it comes to wine, furniture and antiques; blue-chip shows such as this summer’s "Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation," at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, featuring Prince, Basquiat and Koons; and the growing Hong Kong International Art Fair, which this year attracted such participants as Gagosian Gallery and White Cube, have made the city an art superpower.

SFMOMA
This Mario Botta-designed, highly innovative museum has managed to thrive in the recent downturn, thanks to the administrative talent of director Neal Benezra; the exhibition savvy of the new senior curator, Gary Garrels; and the financial acumen of board chairman Charles Schwab. A 13,000-square-foot expansion is in the works, and with the passing this fall of collector, Gap founder and longtime sfmoma supporter Donald Fisher, the museum has inherited a massive art trove with which to fill it.


Advisory Power

Peter Doroshenko
As president and artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre, in Kiev, Doroshenko has the ear of the Ukrainian megacollector Viktor Pinchuk, not to mention his purse strings.

Sandy Heller
When the financial industry crashed last fall, some thought Heller would drop off the map, since his art advisory caters to hedge funders. But he was still dashing around Frieze Art Fair, in October, working behind the scenes and making ever more selective purchases.

Mary Hoeveler
Leaving Citibank to start her own art advisory in spring 2008, just as the market was about to crater, may have looked risky. But even in the depths of the downturn, Hoeveler has continued to pursue opportunities for her clients. In the process, she helped California Light and Space artist Douglas Wheeler achieve an auction record when she paid $290,500 for one of his early Plexiglas and neon pieces at Christie’s in May.

Barry Rosen
An art historian rarely wields real power in the art world, except when he manages the very valuable estates of Eva Hesse, Allan Kaprow and Lee Lozano.

Allan Schwartzman
Art+Auction contributing editor Schwartzman boasts such high-powered clients as Howard Rachofsky, in Dallas, and serves as curator for the Brazilian collector Bernardo Paz’s Inhotim Contemporary Art Center.

Phillippe Ségalot
Note to any adviser seeking the top spot in the pecking order: It helps to have as a client one of the world’s most influential collectors, say, the French billionaire François Pinault, plus access to some of the most coveted modern and postwar pieces the minute they come to market.

Thea Westreich
The New York art world veteran, who runs Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services with her husband, Ethan Wagner, has long been an art-fair presence and an active bidder in the salesrooms. This summer she curated a major show at Stonescape, the Napa Valley winery of longtime clients Norah and Norman Stone.

Profiles by Marisa Bartolucci, Meghan Dailey, Sarah Douglas, Simon Hewitt, Meredith Mendelsohn, Judd Tully and Rachel Wolff.

"The Power List" originally appeared in the December 2009 issue of Art+Auction. For a complete list of articles from this issue available on ARTINFO, see Art+Auction's December 2009 Table of Contents.