The Independent talks to Mark Rappolt, who chaired the 20-strong panel of judges who compiled the list, as he explains this year’s composition:
“The people who are the top are the people who are kind of flexible and are able to cope with a world that is rapidly changing,” said Mark Rappolt, editor of Art Review. “This is partly because of the recession, but partly because it was happening anyway, because you need to be flexible to work on a global level.
“People can nip to Berlin, or go to New York for a weekend, whereas before they had to rely on somebody else’s report from those places. This has made the list less dominated by London and New York, with a lot more Germans and others coming in. Hans Ulrich Obrist, who is at the top, has all these different hats on as a curator and a critic. This is not true of Damien Hirst. There is no ‘School of Damien Hirst’. His influence does not extend that far.”
Curators Crowned Kings of the Art World (Independent)