Why Was Jasper Johns Not On ArtReview Power 100 List?

by  & Robert Grunder

Jasper Johns Lead Numerals, 1969
ArtReview has published its annual 2010 Power 100, a comprehensive list that ranks the art world's most powerful gallerists, collectors, curators and artists. According to ArtReview, the Power 100 List is ranked "according to a combination of influence over the production of art internationally, sheer financial clout and activity in the previous 12 months". 

Artists on the 2010 ArtReview Power 100 List include  Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Maurizio Cattelan and Damien Hirst.

However, the omission of Jasper Johns, ranked 74 on the 2009 Power 100 List, makes little sense. After all, 2010 has been a banner year for Jasper Johns, establishing numerous marketplace and auction records, while prices of Damien Hirst have declined -93% vs. year ago. 
Jasper Johns Savarin Monotype 
Sold for $1.3 million, record auction price for a Post-War or Contemporary Print 
Jasper Johns, considered by many, the most important living Post-War and contemporary artist, established two auction records in May 2010. The first record, Jasper Johns Flag Painting, from the Estate of Michael Crichton, fetched $28.6 million, an all time auction world record auction price for the artist. Also, a record price was achieved for Post-War & contemporary prints when Jasper Johns Savarin Monotype (ULAE S36) fetched $1.3 million at Christie's, also from the Estate of Michael Crichton.

Jasper Johns' absence from the Power 100 List is more puzzling since ArtReview ranks Steven A. Cohen in the 32nd place; after all, Mr. Cohen purchased  Jasper Johns important 1958 Flag painting for a reported $110 million earlier in the year from Jean-Christophe Castelli. 

Complete Power 100 List here.

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