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German artist Hito Steyerl tops ArtReview's (worthy) Power 100

still from How Not to Be Seen courtesy the artist

That eagerly awaited art world list, the ArtReview Power 100, has just been revealed—and the no.1 spot has gone to a rather unlikely candidate, the German artist and film-maker Hito Steyerl. The people who picked this year’s stellar line-up evidently felt that the artist is making her mark. “Art is powerful. Or at least it’s the construct of powerful forces, not always of the positive kind. This is something Steyerl recognises,” says a rather earnest ArtReview statement. The list this year is indeed very worthy with Donna Haraway, the feminism scholar, at no.3 and the French sociologist Bruno Latour at no.9. Other important artists pop up on the list of key players: Pierre Huyghe gets the no.2 ranking (both him and Steyerl, described as an "artist-as-theorist", made stand-out works for this year’s Skulpture Projekte Münster). Kara Walker (no.56) and Kerry James Marshall (no.68) also make the list (naturally, Ai Weiwei is included—at no.13). David Zwirner is the highest placed dealer at no.5 but the New York-based gallerist Gavin Brown zooms into the power premier league with an entry at no.10.