Cecilia Alemani

Director of New York’s High Line and Art Basel Cities

Since becoming inaugural director of New York’s High Line Art programme, in 2011, Alemani has developed a model for contemporary art in public spaces – with recent commissions including work by Phyllida Barlow and Dorothy Iannone – that has been widely imitated. She was also curator of the artist projects strand at Frieze New York from 2012 to 2017, and in 2017 she also organised the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Her latest foray into new exhibition formats came as artistic director of Art Basel’s first Cities project, for which she oversaw a weeklong, citywide public art programme in Buenos Aires featuring work by 18 artists including Maurizio Cattelan, Stan VanDerBeek and Barbara Kruger in September. Having worked with museums, fairs and foundations across the world on exhibitions, projects and public programmes, and with a reputation for innovation and flexibility, Alemani is well adapted to the changing landscape of contemporary art.