Ai Weiwei is named ArtReview’s ‘most powerful artist’

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been named the most powerful person in the art world, according to a poll compiled by ArtReview magazine.

But Mr Ai, who was released in June after being detained for more than 80 days by Chinese authorities, told the BBC he does “not feel powerful at all”.

The magazine said he was chosen by the panel because of his political activism, as much as his artwork.

China criticised the selection saying it was based on “political bias”.

In a statement, ArtReview magazine said: “[His] activities have allowed artists to move away from the idea that they work within a privileged zone limited by the walls of a gallery or museum.”

“It’s expanding the possibilities of what you can do with art, and as an artist how you can use your voice,” it added.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15285939

by The Punjapit Alliance

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