Sheikha Al-Mayassa named the most influential personality in the art world

October 25, 2013 12:14 pm

Sheikha Al-Mayassa named the most influential personality in the art world

Doha 25th October 2013: Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the chairperson of the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), has been named the most influential personality in the art world, according to annual ranking of ArtReview magazine.

Al-Mayassa topped the list because of to her organisation’s vast purchasing power, ArtReview said in its annual “Power 100″ listing of the most powerful figures.

Sheikha Al-Mayassa first appeared on the list in 2011 at number 90 and raised her rank to number 11 last year. American dealers David Zwirner, Iwan Wirth and Larry Gagosian are the next three art personalities on the ranking.

It has been estimated that Her Excellency spends more than £600m a year for buying western modern and contemporary art. Mark Rappolt, the editor of ArtReview, said the numbers spoke for themselves in terms of the sheikha’s “sheer buying power and what that means for the market”.

He added the ranking showed there were two different ways of looking at the contemporary art sector this year. One sees art as “an interchangeable exchangeable commodity”, and other is on ideas and aesthetics.

There is a dominance of that sense of art as being something that is exchanged, as the art market and art scene has globalised, What’s  going on in Qatar indicates that, according to Rappolt.

According to ArtReview Magazine, those included in the list are evaluated on their influence, production and contributions in the art world during last 12 months.

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