Cecilia Alemani

Director of New York’s High Line, now taking on Art Basel’s ‘Cities’ initiative

The Italian curator has been director of New York’s High Line Art programme since 2011, and has helped to create what has become a model for public art commissioning and urban planning alike, with murals and installations by Barbara Kruger, Kerry James Marshall and Sheila Hicks. This year she also curated the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, featuring the work of Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Cuoghi and Adelita Husni-Bey. Alemani is the preeminent example of that curious entity, the ‘art-fair curator’: she has led the artist projects strand at Frieze New York since its inception in 2012, going beyond just commissioning new works designed for the fair to create an annual recreation of historical artist projects like George Maciunas’s Flux-Labyrinth (1976) or Gordon Matta-Clark’s restaurant FOOD (1971). It was also announced that Alemani will be artistic director for a week of public programming to launch Art Basel’s first ‘Cities’ project, in Buenos Aires, next year.