Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2022 – History Has Its Eyes On You

Sonia Boyce © Artlyst 2022

Presenting the much-coveted Alt Power 100 Artlyst 2022. This is Artlyst’s way of acknowledging our industry’s hard work and achievements, as we see and curate it.  As most major art exhibitions and events have slowly resurfaced post pandemic, it was possible to travel freely and see first hand major art events.

As always, the Alt Power 100 Artlyst brings a clear and fresh perspective to the table, honouring the known faces of our industry while championing the personalities behind the scenes curating, organising, and helping to enrich our communities.  – Paul Carter Robinson Artlyst CEO – Sara Faith Associate Editor (Top Photo: Sonia Boyce © Artlyst)

The Artlyst Alt Power 100 Top 10

1. Sonia Boyce –  Artist and joint winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Biennale

2. Simone Leigh – Artist and joint winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Biennale

3. Cecilia Alemani – Artistic Director 2022 Venice Biennale

4.  Nan Goldin Photographer/Activist responsible for bringing down the corrupt Sackler family dynasty.

5. Veronica Ryan – Winner of 2022 Turner Prize

6. Katy Hessel – Author of The Story of Art Without Men

7. William Kentridge  His retrospective exhibition at the Royal Academy is monumental.

8. Cornelia Parker CBE RA – English visual artist, best known for her sculpture and installation art. 2022 Tate Britain exhibition

9. Theaster Gates – Creator of the 2022 Serpentine Pavilion

10. Viktor Pinchuk – Donated proceeds from the sale of a $10m Jeff Koons to support Ukrainian soldiers and civilians needing prosthetics.

Viktor Pinchuk
Viktor Pinchuk Photo © Artlyst

Alt Power 100 2022 Artlyst A-Z Order

1. Sir David Adjaye OBE RA – Ghanaian British architect, designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. In 2021, David Adjaye revealed his design for the District Hospitals project across Ghana, Accra and The Africa Institute in Sharjah, UAE.

2. Alayo Akinkigbe – Art curator and historian, celebrated for the @ablackhistoryofart Instagram account

3. Cecilia Alemani – Director 2022 Venice Biennale

4. Jane Alison – Head of Visual Arts Barbican since 2013. In 2021 the Barbican featured retrospectives of Jean Dubuffet and Isamu Noguchi

5. Sepake Angiama – Curator and educator, initiator of Under the Mango Tree: Sites of Learning. She likes to work with artists who disrupt or provoke the social sphere through actions, design, dance and architecture.

6. Michael Armitage – Artist, became a Royal Academician in 2022

7. Maria Balshaw CBE – Director of Tate since 2017, first female Director of the Tate

8. Banksy – Political street artist. Active in 2022 with mural installations on bombed out buildings in the Ukraine

Rana Begum with mesh cloud No.1048, 2020 (all images: Angus Mill photography)

9. Rana Begum RA – Artist for her show at Pizhangar Manor and Art Gallery

10. Erica Bolton/Jane Quinn – PR gurus at Bolton & Quinn Ltd.

11. Osei Bonsu – Curator of International Art, Tate Modern responsible for organising exhibitions, developing the museum’s collection, and broadening the representation of African and African diaspora artists.

12. Dr Bruce Boucher – Director of the Sir John Soane’s Museum.

13. Sonia Boyce OBE – British Afro-Caribbean artist and Professor of Black Art and Design at University of the Arts London- selected by the British Council to represent Britain at the 59th Venice Biennale and winner of the Golden Lion award 2022

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14. Sir Frank Bowling OBE RA – Guyana-born British Artist – knighted at the age of 87 in a ceremony at Windsor Castle

15. A A Bronson – Artist, healer, curator, founder member General Idea whom had a retrospective at National Gallery Canada June – November 2022

16. Matthew Burrows MBE – Artist/ Founder of the Artists Support Pledge hashtag that continues to help thousands of artists during the pandemic

17. Guy Casely-Hayford OBE – British curator cultural historian, broadcaster and lecturer with Ghanaian roots and Director of V&A East

18. Sheryll Catto – Co-Director ActionSpace, a charity that advocates for diversity within the contemporary visual arts sector, supporting neurodivergent artists to develop their artistic practice.

19. Aaron Cezar – Director of Delfina Foundation, an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to facilitating artistic exchange and developing creative practise through residencies, partnerships and public programming.

20. Martin Clark – Director of the Camden Arts Centre

21. Edith Devaney – Writer, curator, former Contemporary Curator and Head of Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, recently appointed as David Hockney’s Managing Director

22. Edmund de Waal CBE – Artist, master potter, author. In 2021 he published his latest book, Letters to Camondo, which formed the basis for an exhibition in Paris, The Hare with Amber Eyes exhibition opened at The Jewish Museum New York, The Living Hand exhibition opened at Henry Moore Foundation

Olafur Eliasson Ice Watch
Olafur Eliasson  Photo © Artlyst

23. Olafur Eliasson Danish-Icelandic Artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art that employed basic materials such as light, water, and air temperature.

24. Ekow Eshun – Journalist, broadcaster, curator, Chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, curator of The Black Fantastic at Hayward Gallery

25. Alex Farquharson – Director Tate Britain

26. Hedwig Fijen – Director of Manifesta, European Nomadic Biennial

27. Gabriele Finaldi – Director of the National Gallery, London

28. Forensic Architecture – Research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London, investigating human rights violations, including violence committed by states, police forces, militaries, and corporations.

29. Ryan Gander – Artist elected Royal Academician 2022

30. Theaster Gates – American social practice installation artist. 2021 saw the start of a multi-venue presentation of his work at the Whitechapel Gallery, which will continue at the V&A and Serpentine galleries in 2022.

31. Liz Gilmore – Director Hastings Contemporary – exhibitions in 2022 included Making Waves, Seafaring and Ibrahim El-Salahi.

32. RoseLee Goldberg – Founding Director and Chief Curator of Performa. The 2021 edition was a free event that took place entirely outdoors in New York.

Nan Goldin
Nan Goldin

33. Nan Goldin – American photographer who highlighted the OxyContin epidemic and isolated the Sackler family’s role as the manufacturers. The Met dropped the Sackler name from its building, as did the Louvre and numerous other global institutions following the lead. The documentary film of her activism has been shortlisted for an Oscar.

34. Jane Hamlyn – Chair Paul Hamlyn Foundation Director of The Frith Street Gallery.

35. Michael Heizer – American land artist specializing in large-scale and site-specific sculptures unveiled his mile and a half wide project in Central Eastern Nevada

36. Margot Heller OBE – Director of South London Gallery, was responsible for embedding the gallery in its local community while establishing its international reputation.

37. Nathaniel Hepburn – Director Sussex Modern and Charleston Farmhouse

38. Katy Hessel – British art historian, broadcaster, writer and curator. Her bestselling book The Story of Art without men was voted Waterstones book of the year

39. Joe Hill – Director of Towner Gallery, Eastbourne – to host 2023 Turner Prize Exhibiton

40. Paul Hobson – Director of Modern Art Oxford.

41. David Hockney OM CH RA – British painter, His new immersive experience in London will be mega!

A major new Jenny Holzer exhibition at Blenheim Palace has been announced for September.
Jenny Holzer photo courtesy Blenheim Palace

42. Jenny Holzer – American Artist – winner of the 2022 Whitechapel Art Icon Prize

43. Tristram Hunt – Director of V&A since 2017

44. Waldemar Januszczak – English Art Critic and television documentary producer and presenter

45. Arthur Jafa, an American video artist, in 2022 he showed at LUMA in Arles

46. Sir Isaac Julien CBE RA – British Filmmaker and installation artist – knighted in 2022

47. Samson Kambalu – Fourth plinth commission 2022

48. William Kentridge – South African artist for his show at the RA

49. Simone Leigh – First Black woman to represent the USA at the 59th Venice Biennale – joint winner of Golden Lion award 2022

50. Clare Lilley – Appointed Director of YSP in 2022, curator of Frieze Sculpture

Hugh Loch Photo © Artlyst
Hugh Locke Photo © Artlyst

51. Hugh Locke – Tate Britain Commission 2022

52. John Mackechnie – Director of Glasgow Print Studio celebrating 50th anniversary

53. Seema Manchanda – Director of The Showroom, chair of the Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG), a national race equality charity.

54. Tim Marlow – Critic, broadcaster and Director of The Design Museum

55. Sarah McCrory – Director of Goldsmith’s CCA Gallery set up to enhance Goldsmiths’ reputation for excellence and innovation in the arts.

56. Ibrahim Mahama – Ghanaian author and artist of monumental installations, At Frieze London this year he partnered with Deutsche Bank, will partner to support the fourth iteration of its Emerging Curators Fellowship, an initiative aimed at supporting emerging curators who identify as Black or people of color and are based in the U.K.

57. Frances Morris – Outgoing Director of Tate Modern

58. Sarah Munro – Director of the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

59. Andrew Nairne OBE – Director Kettle’s Yard

60. Helen Nisbet – Curator of Art Night which for the first time took place across the UK for a full month

Cornelia Parker CBE RA Photo © Artlyst
Cornelia Parker CBE RA Photo © Artlyst

61. Cornelia Parker CBE RA – English visual artist, best known for her sculpture and installation art. 2022 Tate Britain exhibition

62. James Payne – Great Art Explained video series created by artist/art historian James Payne to demystify some of the world’s great works of art. Recently launched Great Art Cities explained on youtube.

63. Adriano Pedrosa – Artistic Director Venice Biennale 2024 currently Artistic Director of Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo

64. Sir Jack and Lady Frances Petchey (Frances Segelman Sculptor) philanthropic inspiring young inner-city people to achieve

65. Michael Petry – Multi-media artist, writer and curator. Director of MOCA London, co-founder of the Museum of Installation

66. Heather Phillipson – Artist working in a variety of media including video, sculpture, music, large-scale installations, nominated for 2022 Turner Prize

67. Viktor Pinchuk – Donated proceeds from the sale of a $10m Jeff Koons to support Ukrainian soldiers and civilians needing prosthetics.

68. Ingrid Pollard – Artist and photographer. nominated 2022 Turner Prize

69. Victoria Pomery OBE – CEO of The Box, Plymouth

Ralph Rugoff – Director of Hayward Gallery Alt Power 100 2019 Artlyst
Ralph Rugoff Photo © Artlyst

70. Ralph Rugoff, Director Hayward Gallery

71. Veronica Ryan – OBE  Montserrat-born British sculptor. winner 2022 Turner Prize

72. Rebecca Salter PRA – Artist President of the Royal Academy of Arts

73. Rebecca Scott and Mark Woods – Artist power couple – founders of Cross Lane Projects in Kendal Cumbria

74. Sir Nicholas Serota – Chair of Arts Council England

75. Stephen Snoddy – British artist and Director of The New Art Gallery Walsall

76. Barak adé Soleil / Chinasa Vivian Ezugha – Co-Directors LADA (Live Art Development Agency) supporting contemporary culture’s most radical and inventive artists, practices and ideas.82.

77. Yinka Shonibare CBE RA – British-Nigerian Artist. In 2022 he opened new spaces in Lagos to promote creativity and sustainability

78. Anthony Spira – Director of MK Gallery, 2022 Turner Prize Judge

79. Alexander Sturgis – Director of Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Bridget Riley Photo © Artlyst
Bridget Riley Photo © Artlyst

80. Bridget Riley CH CBE – English Op Art painter who turned 91 this year. Currently has a show at Art Institute Chicago.

81. Bob and Roberta Smith OBE – Contemporary British Artist is known for painting slogan-bearing signage to support various political causes.

82. Deborah Swallow – Outgoing Director of Courtauld including the gallery.

83. Gilane Tawardros – New Director Whitechapel Art Gallery

84. Paul Thompson – Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, the world’s most influential postgraduate institution of art

85. Jeremy Till – Head of Central Saint Martins

86. Wolfgang Tillmans – German photographer. Retrospective at MOMA, New York in 2022

87. Russell Tovey / Robert Diament – Talk Art podcast by actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament

88. Dr Nicola Triscott – CEO FACT, Liverpool the UK’s leading organisation for the support and exhibition of art, film and new media.

Gavin Turk
Gavin Turk Photo © Artlyst

89. Gavin Turk – Artist – YBA whose work goes from strength to strength

90. Fatos Ustek – Independent Curator/writer, She is founding co-director of FRANK Fair Artist Pay, with artists Anne Hardy and Lindsay Seers. Named as 2023 curator of Frieze Sculpture

91. Cecilia Vicuña – Artist Hyundai Commission Tate Modern 2022

92. Simon Wallis – Director Hepworth Wakefield

93. Kara Walker – American contemporary painter, silhouettist, printmaker, installation artist and filmmaker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work.

94. Clarrie Wallis – Director of Turner Contemporary

95. Sin Wai Kin – Artist nominated for 2022 Turner Prize

96. John Waters – Cult film director donated 372 works of art by 125 artists to the Baltimore Museum of Art

97. Zoé Whitley – Director of Chisenhale Gallery

lynette-yiadom-boakye,Tate Britain
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Tate Britain Photo © Artlyst

98. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye – British painter and writer whose 2021 exhibition has returned to Tate Britain

99 Anita and Poju Zabludowicz – Collectors, Founders the Zabludowicz Collection, London a free exhibition space

100. Mariam Zulfiqar – Director of Artangel

And Special mention to :  Dame Paula Rego –Portuguese-British painter who died earlier this year

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