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The Top Most Powerful in the Art World

Arts Review Art World 5 most powerful people 2016

Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London
Adam Szymczyk, artistic director of Documenta 14, Germany
Iwan & Manuela Wirth, major gallerists with spaces in Zürich, London, New York, Los Angeles and Somerset
David Zwirner, head of a New York, London and soon-to-be Hong Kong gallery empire
Nicholas Serota & Frances Morris, outgoing Tate director and new director Tate Modern

Artsy in connection with UBS has posted for 2016 a list of the top Living Artists, Curators and Emerging Artists. It makes an interesting comparison with those from the Huffington Post top 17, ArtNet top 100, Blouin Art Info top 370

Guardian Art World most powerful people 2014


Gerhard Richter
Ai Wei Wei
Jeff Koons
Cindy Sherman
Damien Hirst
sa Genzken
Matthew Barney

a al-Mayassa Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
Anges Gund
Jay Z
Peter Bradt
Dakis Joannou
Jose Mugrabi and sons
Eli Brand
Leonardo DiCaprio
Victo Pinchuk
Steve Martin

Larry Gagosian
Marian Goodman
David Zwirner
Iwan Worth
Gavin Brown
Jay Jopling
Dominique Lévy
Sadie Coles
Barbara Gladstone
Nicolas Logsdail
Eva Presenhuber
Elvind Furnesvik
Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers
Toby Webster

Private dealers and Auction Houses
Daniel Loeb
Francois Pinault
Tobias Meyer
Ségalot, Top Ten most significant commercial contemporary art spaces 2014
(in alphabetical order):
David Zwirner
Gagosian Gallery
Galerie Perrotin
Galleria Continua
Hauser & Wirth
Lehmann Maupin
Marian Goodman Gallery
Matthew Marks Gallery
White Cube
Tristram Fetherstonhaugh

Previous years:

The Top 6 Most Powerful Collectors in the Art World 2013

Blouin ArtInfo: Art+Auction

1. Jeff Koons, artist
2. David Zwirner, gallerist
3. Steven P. Murphy, chief executive of Christie’s International
4. Iwan & Manuela Wirth, galleriest
5. Massimiliano Gioni, curator and contemporary art critic
6. Larry Gagosian, galleriest
7. Wang Yannan, President China Guardian
8. Leon Black, Collector, co-founder Apollo Global Management LLC
9. Sheikha al-Mayassa, Chair, Qatar Museums Authority
10. David Bennett, Chair, Europe & Middle East, International Jewelry, Sotheby’s

Art Review Magazine top most powerful people in the art world for 2013

Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, head of Qatar Musums Authority
David Zwirner,
Steven P. Murphy,
chief executive of Christie’s International
 Iwan & Manuela Wirth,
Hans Ulrich Obrist & Julia Peyton-Jones
- Switzerland/curator
Nicholas Serota -
UK Museum director
Beatrix Ruf -
German Musuem Director
Glenn D. Lowry -
United States/museum director
Ai Weiwei -
Chinese artist
Massimiliano Gioni
, curator and contemporary art critic

Art Price Top Ten Selling Artists in 2013
Andy Warhol
Pablo Picasso
Zhang Daqian
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Qi Baishi
Francis Bacon
Gerhard Richter
Roy Lichtenstein
Zao Wou-K
Claude Monet

The Top 10 Most Powerful figures in the Art World 2012

Art Review Magazine based this list on commercial clout, intellectual influence and popularity.:

1. Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev - United State/curator
2. Larry Gagosian - United States/gallerist (up from 4st)
3 Ai Weiwei - Chinese artist (new to top 10)
4. Iwan Wirth - Switzerland/gallerist
5. David Zwirner
- Germany/gallerist
6. Gerhard Richter -
7. Beatrix Ruf -
German Musuem Director
8. Nicholas Serota -
UK Museum director
9. Glenn D. Lowry -
United States/museum director
10. Hans Ulrich Obrist & Julia Peyton-Jones
- Switzerland/curator

Art Price Top Ten Sculptures sold in 2012

Wall Street Journal 2011 Read about some of the top collectors buying strategies

Forbes Top Billionaire Collectors 2010

  1. Roman Abramovich, Russia steel czar
  2. Bernard Arnault France, Louis Vuitton, Moet & Chandon brands
  3. François Pinault, French retail giant
  4. Joseph Lau,  Hong Kong real estate
  5. Philip S. Niarchos Greece shipping magnate
  6. Eli Broad, America, home building and insurance tycoon
  7. Debra and Leon Black, Ameroican art collector
  8. Alexandra and Steve Cohen, American hedge fund king
  9. Emily and Mitchell Rales, America, equity group holding company

Art+Auction Most Powerful People in 2009