Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Liza Essers

Gallerist - Director of Goodman Gallery

39 in 2023

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Photo: Anthea Pokroy

‘Finally, the world is really paying attention to artists from the Global South,’ Essers, who has owned Goodman Gallery since 2008, told The Art Newspaper, having long been ahead of this curve. From its base in Johannesburg, the gallery has expanded under her watch to Cape Town, then London in 2019, and this year Essers opened a viewing room in New York. There won’t be shows per se, but hangs that, she hopes, will help connect curators with gallery artists. Of course some, such as David Goldblatt, William Kentridge and Sue Williamson, need no introduction, but Goodman in giving plenty of lesser-known names international attention: Zimbabwean painter Misheck Masamvu showed in the Cape Town space in January; Zambian multimedia artist Nolan Oswald Dennis exhibited in Johannesburg in May; and Egypt-born installation artist Ghada Amer was in London in November. Continuing to branch out, the gallery staged a pop-up group show in Miami in March that showed Amer alongside Kentridge, Goldblatt, El Anatsui, Kapwani Kiwanga and others.

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