If New York is the center of the art world—and it is—these are the buyers and collectors who run it. With input from top dealers, auction house officials and museum curators, The Observer has identified the 50 people in (and around) the city with the power to move the market.
Which isn’t to say they necessarily own the biggest collections, though many of them do. We made our picks based on influence, taste and how active they are on the scene—and behind it.
No surprise, most of the collectors come from finance and real estate, and tend to back up their personal holdings with positions on museum boards. But some of the people on this list may surprise you, as will where they’ve chosen to put their money.
(See also this week The Rise of the Art Pros, by Anthony-Haden Guest and Collectors at the Frick on The Art-Buying Itch.)