Tate Modern, The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei, Sunflower Seeds. October 12, 2010 – May 2, 2011
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei tops Art Review’s Power 100 list this year. The richest artist in China is also the most politically outspoken one — a lesson that might be learned by more artists around the world. Art Review’s top 25 power brokers include mega-dealer Larry Gagosian, Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, Pace Gallery second-in-command Marc Glimcher, PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach, and Performa director and curator RoseLee Goldberg. Nine high-profile players working with Artspace round out the list: artists Liam Gillick, Anish Kapoor, Takashi Murakami, Gerhard Richter, and Cindy Sherman; gallerists Jay Jopling, Nicolai Wallner, and David Zwirner; and Creative Time director Anne Pasternak.
Born in England in 1964, Liam Gillick emphasizes his roots in postwar Europe and his consequent distrust of authority as major influences in his curatorial techniques and artistic practices. Currently working in London and New York, “engaged with the processes of the everyday,” he rejects the use of the term “contemporary art” as historical and redundant.
Remake (Flash Art July–September 2002) by Jonathan Monk
Founded in March 1995 by Casey Kaplan, the gallery began as a one-room, 500-square-foot space located on an upper floor of a cast-iron loft building in SoHo. It has since expanded into a 5,000-square-foot, street-level gallery containing three separate exhibition spaces on West 21st Street in Chelsea.