In the art world, the question of who shapes public taste is a perennial favourite. Magazines like to rank the heavyweights. Last year’s ArtReview’s Power 100 included an assortment of global dealers and collectors; Ai Weiwei and Pussy Riot made it too. While such ladders of influence invariably include museum staff and art historians, it is clear that Jenny Holzer’s aphoristic ‘Truism’, Money Creates Taste, was prescient.
Kelly Gellatly (ed.): 101 Contemporary Australian Artists
101 Contemporary Australian Artists
edited by Kelly Gellatly
National Gallery of Victoria, $49.95 hb, 237 pp, 9780724103621
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Doug Hall was director of the Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA 1987–2007, and Australian Commissioner Venice Biennale 2009 and 2011. He lives in Melbourne and is a regular art critic for the Australian Financial Review.
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