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Sheikha Mayassa Tops Art Power List for $1 Billion Spend

Sheikha Mayassa
Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, daughter of the Emir of Qatar and head of the Board of the Qatar Museums Authority. Photographer: Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, sister of Qatar’s Emir and chairwoman of the Qatar Museums Authority, tops ArtReview’s 2013 ranking of the art world’s 100 most influential figures, the Power 100, published today.

Sheikha Mayassa’s notoriety soared last year when Vanity Fair magazine reported that Qatar had paid $250 million for one of Cezanne’s “The Card Players.” Having joined the list at no. 90 in 2011, she climbed to 11th position in 2012.

The Qatari royal was chosen “on account of her organization’s vast purchasing power and willingness to spend -- at a rate estimated to be $1 billion a year,” Art Review said in a news release.

Up three notches to No. 2 is New York-based gallery owner David Zwirner, followed by dealers Iwan Wirth and Larry Gagosian. Hans Ulrich Obrist and Julia Peyton-Jones, co-directors of London’s Serpentine Gallery, rank fifth, up five positions.

Several artists have landed on the list for the first time: Japan’s Yayoi Kusama (67th), Mark Leckey (82nd), Zeng Fanzhi (83rd), and El Anatsui (98th).

Steve McQueen, the visual artist who directed the movie “12 Years a Slave,” rose 23 notches to No. 36 on the list.

Also new to the list: Jennifer Flay, director of FIAC, the Paris contemporary-art fair, which takes place this week.

Last year, the list was led by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, artistic director of the 2012 Documenta exhibition in Kassel, Germany and the first woman to top the Power 100. In 2011, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei was number one.

Below is the complete list as published by Art Review, with last year’s ranking in brackets:

1.   Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (11)
2.   David Zwirner (5)
3.   Iwan Wirth (4)
4.   Larry Gagosian (2)
5.   Hans Ulrich Obrist & Julia Peyton-Jones (10)
6.   Nicholas Serota (8)
7.   Beatrix Ruf (7)
8.   Glenn D. Lowry (9)
9.   Ai Weiwei (3)
10.  Massimiliano Gioni (19)
11.  Marina Abramovic (35)
12.  Alain Seban & Alfred Pacquement (14)
13.  Cindy Sherman (13)
14.  Marian Goodman (18)
15.  Gerhard Richter (6)
16.  Marc Spiegler (16)
17.  Marc & Arne Glimcher (17)
18.  Adam D. Weinberg (15)
19.  François Pinault (21)
20.  Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (1)
21.  Anton Vidokle, Julieta Aranda & Brian Kuan Wood (12)
22.  Jay Jopling (20)
23.  Klaus Biesenbach (22)
24.  RoseLee Goldberg (25)
25.  Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (27)
26.  Maja Hoffmann (33)
27.  Matthew Slotover & Amanda Sharp (23)
28.  Eli & Edythe Broad (26)
29.  Barbara Gladstone (24)
30.  Tim Blum & Jeff Poe (34)
31.  Bernard Arnault (28)
32.  Nicholas Logsdail (29)
33.  Monika Spruth & Philomene Magers (38)
34.  Gavin Brown (40)
35.  Isa Genzken (46)
36.  Steve McQueen (59)
37.  Dakis Joannou (36)
38.  Victor Pinchuk (32)
39.  Thomas Hirschhorn (REENTRY, 44 in 2007)
40.  Theaster Gates (56)
41.  Rosemarie Trockel (42)
42.  Liam Gillick (30)
43.  Agnes Gund (44)
44.  Wolfgang Tillmans (43)
45.  Pierre Huyghe (reentry, 48 in 2006)
46.  Matthew Marks (39)
47.  Anne Pasternak (48)
48.  Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi (84)
49.  Udo Kittelmann (37)
50.  Brett Gorvy (74)
51.  Toby Webster (51)
52.  Tobias Meyer & Cheyenne Westphal (75)
53.  Michael Ringier (55)
54.  Tino Sehgal (69)
55.  Sadie Coles (49)
56.  Jeff Koons (58)
57.  Michael Govan (reentry, 40 in 2009)
58.  Emmanuel Perrotin (62)
59.  Eva Presenhuber (new)
60.  Daniel Buchholz (50)
61.  Luisa Strina (71)
62.  Takashi Murakami (60)
63.  John Baldessari (83)
64.  Ryan Trecartin (new)
65.  Chang Tsong-zung (67)
66.  Eugenio Lopez (reentry, 38 in 2010)
67.  Yayoi Kusama (new)
68.  Vasif Kortun (86)
69.  Hito Steyerl (new)
70.  Richard Chang (63)
71.  Thaddaeus Ropac (66)
72.  Tim Neuger & Burkhard Riemschneider (64)
73.  Lars Nittve (new)
74.  Jose Kuri & Monica Manzutto (73)
75.  Bernardo Paz (80)
76.  Claire Hsu (72)
77.  Massimo De Carlo (79)
78.  Staedelschule (new)
79.  Budi Tek (76)
80.  Bard College (new)
81.  Quentin Meillassoux, Graham Harman, Ray Brassier, Ian
Hamilton Grant/Speculative Realism (new)
82.  Mark Leckey (new)
83.  Zeng Fanzhi (new)
84.  Christian & Karen Boros (70)
85.  Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi & Maurizio Rigillo (82)
86.  Dasha Zhukova (85)
87.  Nicolas Bourriaud (reentry, 56 in 2010)
88.  Victoria Miro (97)
89.  Sean Kelly (new)
90.  Franco Noero & Pierpaolo Falone (91)
91.  Zhang Wei/Vitamin Creative Space (new)
92.  Anselm Franke (new)
93.  Forrest Nash (new)
94.  Sunjung Kim (new)
95.  Eugene Tan (new)
96.  Maureen Paley (94)
97.  Don, Mera, Jason & Jennifer Rubell (95)
98.  El Anatsui (new)
99.  Jennifer Flay (new)
100. Eko Nugroho (new)

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To contact the writer on this story: Farah Nayeri in London at Farahn@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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