Taymour Grahne is an independent, London-based art advisor with a focus on contemporary art.
He is highly sought after for his keen eye, expertise in the field of contemporary art, deep knowledge of the art market, and his strong network within the field. He is often credited with discovering artists early on in their careers.
Taymour is supportive of and involved with cultural organizations and museums globally. Taymour serves on the Director’s Circle of the Whitechapel Gallery; a member of the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA); one of The Independents at Independent Curators International (ICI); a Chisenhale Gallery patron; a Tate Young Patron; a Programming and Exhibitions Supporter at Gasworks; friend of Bidoun; and on the Guggenheim Young Collectors Council (YCC) Acquisition Committee.
Taymour is often featured in the press for his work in the art world, including in: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Huffington Post, The Brooklyn Rail, The Financial Times, WhiteWall Magazine, Hyperallergic, Artnet News, Artsy, Purple Diary, Vogue Arabia, Harper's Bazaar Art, and Art Asia Pacific, among others.
Between 2013 and 2017, Taymour founded and directed Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York, where he presented an ambitious, challenging, and rigorous exhibition program with an international roster of emerging and mid-career artists. Taymour placed artists' works into major museum collections worldwide, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The British Museum, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), California; Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, North Carolina, among others.
Taymour Grahne Gallery exhibited works by leading contemporary artists, including: Whitney Bedford, Hassan Hajjaj, Nicky Nodjoumi, Dani Orchard, Holly Coulis, Maia Cruz Palileo, Shirana Shahbazi, Yui Kugimiya, John Dilg, Corey Escoto, Nadia Ayari, Zineb Sedira, Radames Juni Figueroa, Matthew F Fisher, Raffi Kalenderian, Kamrooz Aram, Hannah Whitaker, Matthew Porter, Zarina, Michelle Grabner, Doug Ashford, Lamia Joreige, and Faycal Baghriche, among others.
Taymour received an MA in Art Business from the Sotheby's Institute of Art, and prior to that graduated from Boston University with a BA in International Relations. He has spoken about the art world at various panels and talks, including at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Kingston University, Regent's University, and at the Artsy Headquarters.
Continually discovering the most significant artists of tomorrow, Taymour travels to art fairs, auctions, biennials, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and MFA thesis exhibitions globally.
Taymour’s art advisory practice is divided into three areas of focus:
Taymour works closely with a select group of new and established international collectors to acquire works by emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists. Through extensive research, a curatorial focus, and a strong network within the art world, Taymour builds his clients collections of significance, importance, and lasting value. For a full list of these services, click here.
2) Exhibitions and curatorial
Taymour curates several yearly cutting-edge exhibitions in spaces around the world. He organizes solo and group exhibitions with some of the most exciting artists of the time and is credited with launching many artists’ careers. In addition to organizing his own shows, Taymour is often invited to curate exhibitions at galleries and alternative exhibition spaces. A full list of Taymour’s exhibitions can be found here.
3) Private Sales and Brokerage
Taymour is often sought after by collectors looking for specific key artworks, either on the primary or the secondary market. Through Taymour’s active network and strong relationships within the art world, Taymour has access to hard-to-find artworks by highly sought-after contemporary artists. Additionally, Taymour works with collectors looking to sell works from their collection.