Taymour Grahne is an independent, London-based art advisor with a focus on contemporary art. In 2020, he founded Taymour Grahne Projects, a London-based project space with a full year-round exhibition program.
Between 2013 and 2017, Taymour founded and directed Taymour Grahne Gallery in New York, where he presented an ambitious and rigorous exhibition program, which featured shows by some of the most exciting emerging and mid-career artists of today, including Maia Cruz Palileo, Hassan Hajjaj, Nicky Nodjoumi, Whitney Bedford, Zineb Sedira, and Radames Juni Figueroa, among others.
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.
In 2017 he moved back to London to focus on his art advisory practice, in addition to organizing pop up exhibitions with solos by some of today’s leading emerging artists including GaHee Park, Dominique Fung, Matthew F Fisher, and Nadia Ayari, among others.
In 2020, Taymour opened a project space in London, which houses his art advisory offices in addition to an exhibition space called Taymour Grahne Projects. where he will curate solo and group exhibitions.
Taymour 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.
He 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.
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:
1) Art Advisory and Collection Management
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.
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 at his project space (Taymour Grahne Projects), 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.