Continuing our focus this week on arts and culture at Speakers Corner, the BBC reports this week that Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota has been named the most powerful figure in the art world
Sir Nicholas topped ArtReview magazine's annual Power 100 list for helping Tate . He has been the Tate's director since 1988 and oversaw the opening of Tate Modern in 2000. Tate Modern is the most visited contemporary art gallery in the world, with almost 4.9 million people passing through its doors in 2013, and had its most popular ever exhibition – Henri Matisse: The Cut-outs, curated by Serota – this year.
Sir Nicholas, 68, who has appeared in the top 10 of every list since it launched in 2002, is the first representative of a public museum to reach the top spot. ArtReview said that he was ranked number one this year "on account of the way in which Tate has, since the launch of Tate Modern, consistently deployed an international - rather than a national - perspective on art production".
The Top 10
1. Nicholas Serota, museum director - British (last year: 6)
2. David Zwirner, gallerist - German (2)
3. Iwan Wirth, gallerist - Swiss (3)
4. Glenn D Lowry, museum director - American (8)
5. Marina Abramovic, artist - Serbian (11)
6. Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones, curators - Swiss / British (5)
7. Jeff Koons, artist - American (56)
8. Larry Gagosian, gallerist - American (4)
9. Marian Goodman, gallerist - American (14)
10. Cindy Sherman, artist - American (13)
The full list can be found on the ArtReview website.
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