Art & Auction Releases 2012 Top-10 List of Most Powerful People in the Art World


Art & Auction magazine have released the 2012 top-10 list of most powerful people in the art world in their December “Power 100” issue. The list includes power-players like Christie’s CEO Steven Murphy, Larry Gagosian and Eli Broad.

The number one most powerful person in the art world is Christie’s chief executive office, Steven Murphy, according to Art & Auction magazine’s newly released December “Power 100” issue. Murphy joined legendary auction house Christie’s in 2010 and topped the list that included the likes of David Zwirner, Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Larry Gagosian.

The Power 100 issue was launched at a private party at the Haven Lounge in Miami on December 4, just in time for the kick off of Art Basel Miami Beach, according to Bloomberg.

Editor-in-Chief of Art & Auction said in an interview, “Steven’s investments transformed Christie’s. In the past 12-18 months, Christie’s has eclipsed Sotheby’s as the most important auction house.” In part, this transition was due to Christie’s increase in private sales and online platforms “to attract younger global collectors”.

Five of the top-10 most powerful people in the art world are dealers, and billionaire Eli Broad is the only collector on the list this year. Recommendations from approximately 50 art world professionals were submitted to Art & Auction magazine and those recommendations were subsequently dwindled down to 100, and then 10 were ranked for the top-10 list.

The full list includes:

  1. Steven Murphy
  2. Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani
  3. Larry Gagosian
  4. Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp
  5. Kevin Ching
  6. Marc Glimcher
  7. David Zwirner
  8. Christian Deydier
  9. Emmanuel Perrotin
  10. Eli Borad

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