The 100 Most Powerful Women in Art: Part Three

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Welcome to Part Three of artnet News’ list of powerful women in the art world. There are so many ways to exercise influence and power in the art world but one thing is abundantly clear: Women play a leading role. artnet News continues its yearlong celebration of women in the art world with “The 100 Most Powerful Women in Art.” Our list, which is divided into three parts, is arranged alphabetically to avoid the perception of a ranking: We are celebrating the achievements of women in the art world, period.

The list was developed in consultation with art world denizens throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. They helped us compile a working list of the most powerful women in the art business. From the initial list of more than 300 names, the editors at artnet News chose 100. If you missed the first two parts of the list, “The 100 Most Powerful Women in Art: Part One” and “The 100 Most Powerful Women In Art: Part Two,” we invite you to take a look and see who’s who. Read the third and final section of our list, below, to find out who is playing at the top of her game.

66. Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Cofounder of the Cisneros Foundation
67. Ann Philbin, Director of the Hammer Museum
68. Lisa Phillips, Director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art
69. Eva Presenhuber, Gallerist
70. Pussy Riot, Artist Collective
71. Mari Carmen Ramírez, Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas
72. Doreen Remen, Cofounder of the Art Production Fund
73. Andrea Rosen, Gallerist
74. Mera Rubell, Collector
75. Beth Rudin DeWoody, Collector
76. Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Kunsthalle Zurich
77. Elizabeth Sackler, President and CEO of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
78. Patrizia Sandretto, Founder of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
79. Esther Schipper, Gallerist
80. Annabelle Selldorf, Principal of Selldorf Architects
81. Cindy Sherman, Artist
82. Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Masters
83. Roberta Smith, New York Times Art Critic
84. Nancy Spector, Director and Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
85. Monika Spruth, Gallerist
86. Ali Subotnick, Writer and Curator
87. Swoon, Artist
88. Ann Temkin, Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art
89. Mickalene Thomas, Artist
90. Yvonne Force Villareal, Cofounder of the Art Production Fund
91. Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center
92. Francesca Von Habsburg, Collector
93. Sheena Wagstaff, Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
94. Kara Walker, Artist
95. Dorsey Waxter, President of the Art Dealers Association of America
96. Cheyenne Westphal, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art
97. Manuela Wirth, Gallerist
98. Anita Zabludowicz, Collector
99. Lynn Zelevansky, Director of the Carnegie Museum of Art
100. Dasha Zhukova, Founder of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

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