Women: 5 legends and 5 faces of the future of the art market

All these women are, or promise to be, the girlbosses of the art world

Women: 5 legends and 5 faces of the future of the art market


It's not that we need an excuse to celebrate the professional (and personal) success of women, but we're not going to miss a good chance not to do it. On the occasion of Women's Day this March 8, we recount the 5 female legends in the arts business and the 5 women who promise to be the next generation of girlbosses in the world.

Although the number of men leading the great institutions of success in the art world (as in the other sectors) remains higher, we cannot forget that behind the scenes of the numerous galleries, museums and artistic institutions There are also multiple names of women with an important voice in the art market today.

Sheikha Al-Mayassa Bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums

Belonging to the "royal family" of the Emirates, Sheikha Al-Mayassa is considered one of the most influential people in the art world, leading the Qatar Museums, Qatar Leadership and the Doha Film Institute. His work has focused on breaking down barriers and initiating conversations through the diversity of visual arts in Qatar. Its future project, Qatar Vision 2030, will allow the connection between communities of different cultural areas.


Marian Goodman, Founder of Marian Goodman Gallery

Graduated in history of are by the University of Columbia in 1963 but the only woman of her promotion, at 90 years old she remains one of the most respected gallery owners in the world today. With headquarters in New York and a couple of branches in Paris and London, this absolute girlboss can boast of having worked throughout her career with such media characters as Joseph Beuys, Steve McQueen and Maurizio Cattelan.

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Dasha Zhukova, Creator of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and Garage Magazine

I create the museum as a non-profit organization in Moscow in 2008, being this not only an exhibition space, but also a place for education, research and publication. She also directs, since 2011, the publisher of the renowned Garage Magazine and is the creative director of St. Petersburg’s New Holland Island, an enclave that was transformed into an island of art.


Jinqing Caroline Cai, President of Christie’s China

She was in charge of directing the first auction for Christie’s in China in 2013, with earnings of $ 25 million. Under his leadership, Christie’s China has broken sales records and has managed to open new galleries throughout the country.

Victoria Siddall, Director of Frieze Fairs

After 10 years of work at Frieze, he achieved his leadership by opening new doors for the renowned company. She now directs Frieze London, Frieze New York, Frieze Masters and Frieze Los Angeles, and is also the chair of the board of directors of Studio Voltaire in London.


The new faces of the future of the art market:


Mary Ellis Bunn, Founder of the Museum of Ice Cream

After graduating from NYC and Parsons School of Design, he knew how to find an empty niche in his demographic sector in the cultural landscape of New York City. Knowing that ice cream was a product that always remained at a good point of sale during the previous economic crises, he decided to join forces with Manish Vora and created an experience dedicated to the favorite dessert of the majority. The Museums of Ice Cream was an absolute success and today continues to grow, with several pop-ups throughout the country and with a high popularity rate in social networks.

Marine Tanguy, Founder of MTArt Agency

When he created his art agency in 2015, he already had his first gallery in Los Angeles (he opened it with only 23 years!). The agency focuses its efforts on promoting artistic careers, building them, making them grow and accelerating their successes.



Kelly Ying, Co-founder of ART021 Art Fair

With one foot in the world of fashion and another in the world of art, Kelly Ying is one of the most prolific young collectors in China. In 2013 he co-founded ART021, a contemporary art fair based in Shanghai and Jing Art in 2018 with a location in Beijing.


Elena Soboleva, Online Sales Director at David Zwirner

She started in the art sector in 2012, working as a contemporary art epecialist in Artsy and a few years later she made the leap with David Zwirner as the gallery's first online sales director. Part of his job success is due to his Instagram account, which has doubled his followers since he was hired, with more than 20k followers.


Sutima Sucharitakul, founder of Nova Contemporary

In 2016, it opened the doors of the Nova Contemporary gallery in Thailand, expanding the horizons of Thai artists to global recognition. Since the beginning of the gallery, he has participated with Nova in art fairs of the renowned Art Basel Hong Kong.

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