The top tastemakers in culture in 2013 - part I
An influential bunch
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani is the 14th child of Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the former Emir of Qatar, and the eldest daughter of the Emir with his second wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned. Chair of the Qatar Museums Authority and infamous art collector, Sheikha Al-Mayassa, has made it as number one on our top tastemakers in culture for 2013.
Known as "the art world's most powerful woman", the Sheikha has been developing Doha as the epicenter for art in the Middle East, making the capital city the owner of some of the worlds most renowned art pieces from artists like Picasso and Paul Cezanne. She has also hosted a series of exhibitions in the state, such as the famous collaboration with Damien Hirst and Miuccia Prada for their 'Prada Oasis and Damien Hirst's Pharmacy Juice Bar'.
This year, she also topped the list of hundred most influential people in the art publication, Art Review - becoming the second woman in their history to receive this status.
In at second place is Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City Mayor - who just completed his last term. He was first appointed to the administration of the city back in 2001 and has since been re-elected twice. Bloomberg is also known and greatly admired as a patron of the arts, and should be recognised for his work this year.
Now that his mayoral term has ended, Bloomberg will be the new chairman of the Serpentine Gallery in London. Back in 2002 co-director of the gallery Julia Peyton-Jones described Bloomberg - in an interview with New York magazine - as a man that was unusually cheerful, also noticing his simplistic but impactful take on art.
The former mayor, and new grandfather, also received a Tony award in his honour for his continued support of Broadway - making him the perfect candidate for our top tastemakers in culture list.
Moving onto our third top tastemaker in culture is Jeff Koons. New York Magazine named Koons Americas most successful artist of all time and describes him as the new Andy Warhol. This spring he had two major exhibitions in New York at competing galleries - the Gagosian and the David Zwirner gallery respectively. His famous sculptures were also present at fairs such as the Art Basel, Friez, Fiac, Art Basel Miami Beach, to name a few. Koons was also recognised this year for designing Lady Gagas album cover Artpop. In 2014 Koons will also host the largest exhibition at the New York Whitney Museum, that the museum has ever had.
Dasha Zhukova and Roman Abramovich
Russian mogul, Roman Abramovich and socialite Dasha Zhukova come in at number 4. This pair are influential people in the arts, as well as well known collectors. They also appeared on this years Art Review top 100 most influential people of 2013. Zhukova is also the editor in chief of the biannual publication Garage, igniting unique collaborations between art, fashion and literature. The publication was named after her Garage Center for Contemporary Culture - which is now a prominent venue for modern and contemporary art in Russia.
Last, but certainly not least, on our list is the New York based performance artist Marina Abramovic. The Serbian artist, raised funds via Kickstarter earlier in 2013 to open the American Institution of Performance with the help of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Her and Sex and the City star, Kim Cattrall, posed for the cover of V Magazine earlier in 2013. She also appeared in Jay-Z video performance Picasso Baby - making her our fifth top tastemaker in culture this year.
Stay tuned for part two of our top tastemakers in culture list series, coming this weekend!