Is Gerhard Richter The World’s Most Important Artist?

Gerhard Richter, 2005 Photo: Hans Peter Schaefer via Wikimedia Commons
Gerhard Richter, 2005 Photo: Hans Peter Schaefer via Wikimedia Commons

According to German monthly, Manager Magazin, Gerhard Richter is the world’s most important artist. The 82-year-old German tops the magazine’s 45th annual “Kunstkompass” listing for the second year in a row. Three other Germans—Rosemarie Trockel (4th), Georg Baselitz (5th), and Anselm Kiefer (6th) found their way into the top ten. The US took second and fifth place with Bruce Nauman and Cindy Sherman respectively.

Kunstkompass is considered the country’s most important ranking for postwar and contemporary art—and, with 1000 artists ranked, it is one of the world’s longest. Rather than a focus on market value, the magazine bases its ranking on an undisclosed point system placed on various types of solo exhibitions, critical reception, and institutional acquisitions.

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