Documenta 13 Curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev Tops 2012 ArtReview Power 100 List

This morning, for the first time since ArtReview began publishing its Power 100 list of art world movers and shakers more than a decade ago, its top spot was occupied by a woman: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who curated this year’s attendance record-setting Documenta 13 exhibition — which Modern Painters‘s Steven Henry Madoff deemed “the most important exhibition to date of the 21st century” — spanning three continents.

While the number one may be a surprise — last year Christov-Bakargiev landed at 14 — the next two slots are familiar faces: last year’s top seed, artist and activist Ai Weiwei in third position, and mega-gallerist Larry Gagosian in second.

The rest of the list boasts the typical ArtReview mix of curators, museum directors, gallerists, collectors, and big-name artists, with a few critics and scholars thrown in for good measure. For complete analysis of this year’s list, check out ARTINFO UK‘s full breakdown, which includes the entire list.

— Benjamin Sutton