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Kate Middleton And Pussy Riot Top Influential Art Power List

13-10-2012
 
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The Duchess of Cambridge and Russian 'Punk Art band' Pussy Riot have topped the The ArtLyst alternative list of movers and shakers in the art industry. The list has been published for the second year to run consecutively with the Frieze Art Fair in London. The list states; "Instead of a Machiavellian Power List that has more in common with  the Times ‘Rich List’. This year we have put together a Resourceful PowerLyst that celebrates exactly what it says on the tin – not those with the fiscal muscle to bend the artworld into whatever shape they please, but those with the creative power and ability to influence and augment the British and international art scenes through merit alone".

Kate Middleton was nominated in a readers poll which received over 10,000 responses from readers and members of the popular online art information website. She was put up for the honour for her involvement with raising the profile of the National Portrait Gallery an institution that she became an official patron of in January. The Duchess attended several opening nights including the Lucian Freud portrait exhibition which was the most popular painting exhibition which was we'll received by the public and critics alike. The kate Middleton factor proved its weight in gold for raising the profile of the already successful NPG who welcomed its unprecedented two millionth visitor in March. This was a milestone which set up the highest annual figures in the Gallery’s history.

The Duchess of Cambridge also made the more unusual choice of supporting The Art Room a small charity dedicated to helping children between the ages of five and 16 years with emotional difficulties. They strive to develop confidence and social skills via the medium of art. In particular, the organization works with children who suffer from conditions such as Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. Working primarily through existing schools, the charity sets up ‘rooms for art’ that provide children with a focal point and safe place, hoping to teach its beneficiaries life skills, such as the ability to focus and work through disputes, all by using different forms of art.

The ArtLyst Power 100 list was topped by Pussy Riot, this year. The Russian guerilla art movement and band's three members were imprisoned for two years, based on their involvement in an “anti-Putin” ‘art performance’ piece. Their brief, obscenity-laced performance, which implored the Virgin Mary to "throw Putin out", infuriated the Russian Orthodox Church. The leader, Patriarch Kirill stated it amounted to an act of blasphemy. Along with other members of their band, the women staged a performance of their song in front of the altar in the historical cathedral, on 21 February. Mr Putin was elected for a second term as president two weeks later.

The three members of  Pussy Riot Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 were convicted and jailed for motivated hooliganism by religious hatred and for offending the feelings of Russian Orthodox believers. Yekaterina Samutsevich was later released on a technicality. The remaining band members will now serve a two year sentence.

Catherine Cambridge was number eight on the list, while Pussy Riot topped the ArtLyst Power 100 The Alternative 2012 Visual Art Power List this year.

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