Iwona Blazwick

Director of Whitechapel Gallery

Thanks to the fanfare surrounding the reopening of London’s Whitechapel Gallery in 2009 – following an expansion programme that almost doubled its floorspace – director Iwona Blazwick shot up a dizzying 67 places in last year’s Power 100. While the Whitechapel’s extensive publishing programme and Blazwick’s ongoing support of prizes for filmmaking (the Jarman Award) and women artists (Max Mara Prize) continue to make her a dominant force on the London scene, and while the institution has promoted female artists (this year shows for admittedly established names such as Elizabeth Peyton, Sophie Calle and Alice Neel), other areas are filled out by budget-friendly British Council collaborations or, more awkwardly, private collections – currently that of Dimitris Daskalopoulos.