Nan Goldin, Faith Ringgold and More Artists Featured on ‘Time’ Magazine’s Annual 100 Most Influential People of the Year List
Weather The magazine has released its 2022 list of the 100 “most influential” people of the year, and in addition to bold names like Volodymyr Zelensky, Zendaya and Kris Jenner, there are some notable stars from the art world, including Faith Ringgold, Maya Lin, Francis Kéré, Nan Goldin and Elizabeth Alexander.
The annual list is divided into categories of Artists, Innovators, Titans, Leaders, Icons and Pioneers, with photographs accompanied by short essays written by other cultural and political luminaries.
In the Artists section, artist Faith Ringgold is described by Thelma Golden, director and curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, as a “Renaissance woman born in Harlem during her own Renaissance” who “painted, sculpted, wrote, sewed and instigated change throughout his life.
Now 91, Ringgold is finally elated by the mainstream art world after decades of marginalization. Her poignant quilts, paintings and sculptures have been the subject of two recent international exhibitions: a career retrospective at the New Museum and a survey at the Serpentine Galleries in London that traveled to the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland.
Elsewhere on the list are architects Francis Kéré and Maya Lin. Kéré, who designed the Serpentine Pavilion in 2017, is the first black person to win the Pritzker Prize, the field’s highest honor. The Burkinabe social activist “is a trailblazer for his longstanding commitment to formalizing space for social and environmental good,” writes architect David Adjaye in the magazine (who made the list himself in 2017), adding that “his legacy lives on not only in his constructed work but also in his general practice and methodological spirit.
Maya Lin, writes novelist Celeste Ng, is an architect whose work “reveals inconvenient truths long ignored.” In its installation of 2021 Ghost forest. Lin took over Madison Square Park and planted a grove of 49, 40-foot-tall white cedars from New Jersey’s Pine Barrens, which is being decimated by a saltwater flood that is drowning native trees. The project, which was conceived before the pandemic, was even more moving when it debuted in May 2021, as if each tree – described by Lin as a “sentinel” – bore witness to the traumas unfolding around it.
Elizabeth Alexander, poet, essayist and philanthropist, has been recognized by playwright Lynn Nottage, who describes Foundation President Andrew W. Mellon as someone who “has been truly invested in creating spaces that reflect the rich diversity of the country and reimagined the way we can embrace our cultural narratives, whether through physical monuments or the way we tell our stories.
As well as leading the nation’s largest funder of arts and education, in recent years Alexander has introduced the art world to the work of her late husband, Ficre Ghebreyesus, a native chef and painter. Eritrean woman who died suddenly at the age of 50. In 2016, Alexandre published The light of the worlda Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir documenting the aftermath of Ghebreyesus’ death and honoring their life together.
Finally, in the “Trailblazers” section, photographer and activist Nan Goldin is recognized for her successful campaign to get museums to cut ties with the Sackler family, which owned Purdue Pharma, makers of the opioid OxyContin, to which Goldin was addicted for years. many years. Patrick Radden Keefe, the journalist who documented the Sacklers’ nefarious marketing campaigns in the book Empire of Pain—which includes accounts of the Sacklers hiring a private detective to track Goldin—writes about the artist’s “elaborately choreographed series of protests” staged in museums around the world.
“With her impeccable eye and the zeal of a survivor, Goldin framed each protest like a photograph,” he wrote. Finally, “it worked. she shone a spotlight on the family, who recently reached settlements obliging them to pay $6 billion to help address the crisis. She pioneered a powerful new form of activism and started an urgent conversation about tainted money in the arts.
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