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Gallery co-presidents Iwan and Manuela Wirth were named #1 on ArtReview
’s annual Power 100 survey this morning, making them only the second commercial gallerists—along with Gagosian—to hold the top spot. The recognition no doubt stems from Hauser & Wirth’s boundary-pushing emphasis on curating institutional-quality shows in its spaces worldwide. They’ve extended that practice to art fairs, too, as evidenced by their FIAC presentation. Mounted by former MOCA L.A.
chief curator-cum-Hauser & Wirth partner Paul Schimmel, the show quietly reflects back on the January terrorist attack against Parisian satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo
“As soon as it came out, I knew that this was something that I wanted to do and I asked a member of our staff to go and acquire these issues right off the newsstand,” says Schimmel of the exhibition’s central stack of Charlie Hebdo’s January 14th issue, which depicted the Prophet Mohammed holding one of the “Je Suis Charlie” signs that became a calling card of support for the slain staffers. “It was a political assassination of artists,” Schimmel adds of the attacks. “Throughout the history of art, artists have been incarcerated, killed, and, maybe most tragically, made unable to speak.”