Black Lives Matter movement ranks as most influential art in 2020

Black Lives Matter movement ranks as most influential art in 2020

- Black Lives Matter movement has claimed the number one spot in an annual power list that ranks movers and shakers of the contemporary art world

- This is the first time ever a movement has taken the number 1 spot on the list

- The movement tops the 19th Power 100 list published by ArtReview, an international contemporary art magazine based in London

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The Black Lives Matter movement has made it to the very top of the list of the who's who or in this case, whose what of the art world. The list was compiled by London's contemporary art magazine, ArtReview.

This is the first time in history that the magazine has had a movement as opposed to a person or art group at the top spot in its 19th year of publishing the auspicious list of game-changers in the art world.

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MoMA director Glenn D. Lowry topped the list in 2019, gallerist David Zwirner in 2018, and artist Hito Steyerl in 2017. This year Black Lives Matter movement joins the list of influentials after streets were swept by protests of those in support of the movement that was sparked by the death of George Floyd, a young man whose life was taken by a police officer in the US earlier this year.

One Tweep had this to say about the list:

@JulieLomax said:

"I’m also pleased to see artist Brook Andrew on the list who arguably made one of the most important biennials since Okwui Enwezer’s Documenta for @biennalesydney 2020 #nirin #ArtistAsLeader @an_artnew
Black Lives Matter movement ranks number 1 in ArtReview's influential list
BLM takes the top spot on ArtReview's influential arts and movements list. Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Earlier this year Briefly.co.za reported that following the death of George Floyd, many people have organised protests to demand racial equality across the world. However, one protest organised by an eight-year-old, Nolan Davis in Missouri, captured the attention of many as hundreds of children showed up.

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According to a report by CNN, the children marched the streets chanting the phrase that has now become famous, "Black Lives Matter."

"We are the children, the mighty mighty children. Here to tell you, Black lives matter!" chanted the children as they matched down in Kirkwood.

Speaking before the march, Davis said he was worried about black people in the community being hurt just because they are different.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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