Over the past two weeks, ARTINFO has published the nine-part series of one of Art+Auction’s most significant annual features: the Power List, our survey of the art world figures who have had the strongest impact over the past year. As we explained in the Introduction, we canvassed experts throughout the art world, touching upon all corners of the art field: Auction Power, the Power of Tradition, Power Collectors, Design Power, Power Dealers, Power Patrons, Power Players, Power to Watch, and Power Personalities.
As the results went up, feedback poured in from our readers on their votes for our daily Users’ Choice polls. We learned that the Power to Watch readers are most eager to follow is High Line curator Cecilia Alemani, with Heather Flow not too far behind; votes that came in were equally split on the most important art act of 2012, between Brenda Valansi and Elisangela Valadaresa’s creation of ArtRio and Tony Karman’s launch of Expo Chicago. The act of patronage you found most impressive, overwhelmingly, was Yvon Lambert’s donation of his $121-million contemporary collection to France.
The 2012 acquisition that shocked readers most was Leon Black’s purchase of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” for a cool $120 million. The traditionalist our readers most appreciated was the most Acquavella Family, which scored with their induction of James Rosenquist into their stable of artists. Emmanuel Di Donna’s abundance of Surrealist masters trailed at a close second place.
To see the full coverage of our Power 2012 feature, click here. And, as always, we’re looking forward to seeing what unfolds in the new year.
As a bonus, here's a video of one of our Power players, Pearl Lam of the eponymous gallery: