Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, sister of Qatar’s Emir and chairwoman of the Qatar Museums Authority, tops ArtReview’s 2013 ranking of the art world’s 100 most influential figures, the Power 100, published today.
People are upset over the recent rash of celebrities using Kickstarter, the mass-fundraising website, to crowdfund projects. Spike Lee, who bought a mansion built by the Vanderbilt family on New York's Upper East Side, raised $1,418,910 for his coming vampire film. Zach Braff, who reportedly made $350,000 an episode for his role on "Scrubs," has completed a campaign to fund his new movie that netted $3,105,473. Most recently, Marina Abramovic, who just bought a loft in SoHo for $2.65 million, raised $661,452 to fund her $19 million Marina Abramovic Institute in Hudson, New York.
Lady Gaga arrived at the Watermill Center benefit Saturday night toward the end of the cocktail hour, which meant that whatever she saw of the performance art in the woods around the property, investment bankers and hedge fund managers had seen it before her.
Attendance at the Museum of Modern Art dropped 11 percent last season to 2.8 million, as the previous year’s marathon motionlessness of Marina Abramovic and designs from movie director Tim Burton proved to be hard acts to follow.