Kerry James Marshall. | Photo: Cameron Wittig, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Featured Image
Kerry James Marshall, the American figurative painter who set a record at auction this year for the most expensive work by a living black artist, has been judged the world’s most influential artist in an annual contemporary power list.
He is No 2 in the 17th edition of the ArtReview Power 100, pipped to the top spot by his dealer, the gallery owner David Zwirner.
At No 3 is #MeToo, the first time a movement has appeared on the list as opposed to an individual or a group.
JJ Charlesworth, senior editor at the magazine, said a major theme of the list, published on Friday, was “an attempt to acknowledge and note the cultural and political shifts which have been part of the narrative in the last year”.