Apollo is proud of its past. Founded in 1925, it stakes a claim to be the oldest continuously published art magazine in the world. All the same, those titles that survive, and indeed thrive, in an age in which the market for print continues to erode must look to their future ambitions as much as dwelling on past achievements.
It’s with an eye to legacy that we’ll be launching the Apollo 40 Under 40 in September, in association with AXA ART Insurance. This new supplement, which will appear annually, will feature 40 people below the age of 40 who have already begun to make waves in the art world – be they artists, curators, dealers, academics or collectors. This year’s supplement will cover Europe, with future editions dedicated to North America, the rest of the world and eventually the pick of global talent.
The art world is a sector in which experience counts for a great deal, but which also desperately needs to recognise and promote its young talent as it looks for innovation and dynamic leadership, as well as to the stewardship of its own future. Who is poised to become the director of Tate Modern or the Louvre in 10 or 20 years time? Which artists look set to achieve greatness in their own lifetimes? Which gallerists will foster those artists’ careers? And who will be the great donors and philanthropists of the emerging generation?
It gives me great pleasure to announce the panel of distinguished judges for the inaugural Apollo 40 Under 40:
- Luca Massimo Barbero, Director of the Institute of Art History, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice
- Emilie Gordenker, director of the Mauritshuis, The Hague
- Isaac Julien, installation artist and filmmaker
- Thaddaeus Ropac, owner of Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg and Paris
- Martin Roth, director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
This panel currently has the daunting task of selecting 40 individuals from a longlist compiled out of scores of nominations we received from across Europe. Evaluating the future is no easy assignment, but I hope it’s also grounds for pleasure and great optimism.