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Pussy Riot Joins Power Art List, Led by Documenta Curator

A Russian court sentenced three members of an all-female punk group to two years in prison for inciting religious hatred and hooliganism. Photographer: Andrey Smirnov/AFP via Getty Images
A Russian court sentenced three members of an all-female punk group to two years in prison for inciting religious hatred and hooliganism. Photographer: Andrey Smirnov/AFP via Getty Images

Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Pussy Riot, the female Russian punk rock band with two members still in jail, landed on ArtReview’s annual ranking of the 100 most influential people in the art world, the Power 100, published today.

The band was 57th on a list topped by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, curator of Documenta 13. The contemporary art show is held every five years in Kassel, Germany.

Art dealer Larry Gagosian came in second, up from 4th last year. The head of the Qatar Museums Authority -- Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, daughter of the Emir of Qatar -- soared to 11th position from 90th.

ArtReview Editor Mark Rappolt said in an interview that Pussy Riot were “not on the list for their music. It’s much more for the fact that they raised the issue of freedom of speech and expression, which sometimes get ignored.”

Last week, a Russian court released one Pussy Riot performer while upholding a two-year jail sentence against another two.

The five-member band had played in a major Christian Orthodox place of worship in February and urged the Virgin Mary to “expel” President Vladimir Putin. In August, a Moscow court jailed three of the members on charges of hooliganism and of stirring religious hatred.

This year’s Power 100 winner Christov-Bakargiev was chosen for successfully curating the 13th edition of Documenta, which conveyed “a very optimistic message for art: that art can have a role in society and not just be something that hangs in a rich man’s house,” said Rappolt.

Last year’s winner, the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, slid to third position on the 2012 list, while German painter Gerhard Richter rose from 11th to 6th.

Dealers Iwan Wirth and David Zwirner ranked fourth and fifth. Tate Director Nicholas Serota came in at No. 8, followed by Museum of Modern Art Director Glenn D. Lowry at No. 9.

Every year, Art Review gathers an international panel of art-world professionals to pick the 100 most influential people in their field.

Below is the complete list, with last year’s ranking in brackets:

1. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev [14]
2. Larry Gagosian [4]
3. Ai Weiwei [1]
4. Iwan Wirth [8]
5. David Zwirner [9]
6. Gerhard Richter [11]
7. Beatrix Ruf [10]
8. Nicholas Serota [6]
9. Glenn D. Lowry [3]
10. Hans Ulrich Obrist & Julia Peyton-Jones [2]
11. Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani [90]
12. Anton Vidokle, Julieta Aranda & Brian Kuan Wood (e-flux) [5]
13. Cindy Sherman [7]
14. Alain Seban & Alfred Pacquement [12]
15. Adam D. Weinberg [13]
16. Annette Schoeholzer, Marc Spiegler & Magnus Renfrew [20]
17. Marc Glimcher [15]
18. Marian Goodman [27]
19. Massimiliano Gioni [80]
20. Jay Jopling [31]
21. François Pinault [19]
22. Klaus Biesenbach [16]
23. Matthew Slotover & Amanda Sharp [24]
24. Barbara Gladstone [22]
25. RoseLee Goldberg [18]
26. Eli & Edythe Broad [17]
27. Patricia Phelps de Cisneros [25]
28. Bernard Arnault [29]
29. Nicholas Logsdail [30]
30. Liam Gillick [32]
31. Ann Philbin [33]
32. Victor Pinchuk [35]
33. Maja Hoffmann [37]
34. Tim Blum & Jeff Poe [39]
35. Marina Abramovic [23]
36. Dakis Joannou [40]
37. Udo Kittelmann [43]
38. Monika Sprüth & Philomene Magers [44]
39. Matthew Marks [45]
40. Gavin Brown [46]
41. Damien Hirst [64]
42. Rosemarie Trockel [41]
43. Wolfgang Tillmans [Reentry]
44. Agnes Gund [38]
45. Chus Martínez [NEW]
46. Isa Genzken [Reentry]
47. Iwona Blazwick [42]
48. Anne Pasternak [57]
49. Sadie Coles [60]
50. Daniel Buchholz [61]
51. Toby Webster [62]
52. Adam Szymczyk [49]
53. James Lingwood & Michael Morris [55]
54. William Wells & Yasser Gerab [56]
55. Michael Ringier [58]
56. Theaster Gates [NEW]
57. Pussy Riot [NEW]
58. Jeff Koons [66]
59. Steve McQueen [59]
60. Takashi Murakami [47]
61. Boris Groys [53]
62. Emmanuel Perrotin [51]
63. Richard Chang [73]
64. Tim Neuger & Burkhard Riemschneider [77]
65. Slavoj Zizek [65]
66. Thaddaeus Ropac [67]
67. Chang Tsong-zung [70]
68. Elena Filipovic [89]
69. Tino Sehgal [Reentry]
70. Christian Boros & Karen Lohmann [92]
71. Luisa Strina [NEW]
72. Claire Hsu [70]
73. Jose Kuri & Mónica Manzutto [NEW]
74. Brett Gorvy & Amy Cappellazzo [68]
75. Tobias Meyer & Cheyenne Westphal [69]
76. Budi Tek [NEW]
77. Walid Raad [75]
78. Cuauhtemoc Medina [NEW]
79. Massimo De Carlo [78]
80. Bernardo Paz [76]
81. Christine Tohme [72]
82. Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi & Maurizio Rigillo [79]
83. John Baldessari [Reentry]
84. Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi [NEW]
85. Dasha Zhukova [81]
86. Vasif Kortun [82]
87. Anita & Poju Zabludowicz [94]
88. Candida Gertler [71]
89. Gisela Capitain [NEW]
90. Carol Greene [NEW]
91. Franco Noero & Pierpaolo Falone [98]
92. Jacques Rancière [NEW]
93. Miuccia Prada [85]
94. Maureen Paley [91]
95. Don, Mera, Jason & Jennifer Rubell [87]
96. Paul Chan [NEW]
97. Victoria Miro [93]
98. Adriano Pedrosa [NEW]
99. Johann Koenig [96]
100. Gregor Podnar [100]

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To contact the writer on this story: Farah Nayeri in London at Farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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