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Chinese 'dissident' Ai Weiwei named art world's most powerful figure

Beijing, Thu, 13 Oct 2011 ANI

Beijing, Oct 13 (ANI): Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei, who was imprisoned earlier this year has been named the most powerful person in the art world.


Ai Weiwei was ranked as the top artist in the annual Power 100 list, compiled by ArtReview, after he spent more than two months in detention this summer.he Beijing-based artist, who last year paved Tate Modern's monumental Turbine Hall with 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds was ranked number one as a result of his activism.


ArtReview pointed out that artists no longer worked in 'a privileged zone' defined by galleries or museums.


"Ai has promoted the notion that art's real context is not simply 'the market' or 'the institution', but what's happening now, around us, in the real world," the magazine said.


Damien Hirst, famous for his pickled sharks, is the only other artist to have previously topped the list, in 2005 and 2008.


The top ten artists were:


1. Ai Weiwei


2. Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones


3. Glenn D Lowry


4. Larry Gagosian


5. Anton Vidokle, Julieta Aranda and Brian Kuan Wood


6. Sir Nicholas Serota


7. Cindy Sherman


8. Iwan Wirth


9. David Zwirner


10. Beatrix Ruf (ANI)


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