ArtReview Says: Powerful Lowry, Diminished Damien

rsz 89434416 ArtReview Says: Powerful Lowry, Diminished DamienMoMA Director Glenn Lowry is the second most influential person in the art world, according to the “Power 100” in ArtReview‘s November issue–he’s topped only by Hans Ulrich Obrist of London’s Serpentine Gallery.

Artist Damien Hirst was ranked first last year, but has since fallen to number 48, a precipitous decline that Bloomberg explains as a reflection of his being out of sync with the times:

Hirst was “very clever about experimenting with the market, and that’s not where art is right now,” said [ArtReview editor Mark] Rappolt.

It’s hard to get people to pony up fat museum donations these days, but it’s harder to get them to buy diamond-encrusted skulls.

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