Happy Birthday, David Zwirner! You’re (Still) the Art World’s Second Most Influential Person

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A birthday comes but once a year, as does the ArtReview Power 100. The two tend to coincide for ubergallerist David Zwirner, who has two reasons to celebrate today: his fiftieth birthday [insert Kusama-dotted sheet cake here] and clinching the number-two spot on this year’s Power 100, which appears in ArtReview’s November issue (on newsstands today). Zwirner is outranked only by Tate director Nicholas Serota, who has held onto the top slot since the London-based magazine’s list debuted in 2002. The mind boggles at the power to be concentrated when Zwirner artist Marlene Dumas’s retrospective opens at Tate Modern in February.

Rounding out the Power 100’s top ten is Zwirner’s former partner in erstwhile Zwirner & Wirth, Ivan Wirth (#3), MoMA director Glenn Lowry (#4), and Marina Abramović (#5), who the magazine describes as a “performance artist turned celebrity inspirer and admirer.” At #6, Serpentine Gallery directors Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones come down a peg from 2013, while Jeff Koons’s stellar year zooms him up to #7, just ahead of Larry Gagosian (#8), Marian Goodman (#9), and Cindy Sherman (#10).