Noah Horowitz, who recently resigned as Art Basel’s director of Americas, has moved Sotheby’s where he will take on the newly created position of worldwide head of gallery and private dealer services.
Horowitz’s new role will “focus on leading Sotheby’s strategy and building out our relationships with galleries and dealers” according to a Sotheby’s spokesperson, giving the auction house a potential leg-up on market’s current infatuation with the emerging artists that have been dominating auction sales for the last year.
“I’m enormously excited to be joining Sotheby’s at this decisive moment for our industry and look forward to leveraging the unique combination of talent, expertise, resources and digital know-how at hand,” says Horowitz, who will be reporting to Brooke Lampley, Sotheby’s chairman and worldwide head of sales for global fine art.
Horowitz, who resigned from Art Basel on 2 July, oversaw the fair’s Miami Beach show since 2015, firmly established Basel’s presence in New York and launched their Art Market report, which is written by Clare McAndrew. Since the coronavirus pandemic, he oversaw the fair’s virtual presence. “I’ve always taken a great interest in digital possibilities and, given my background, I was involved in leading the discussions about these at Art Basel since the first week I joined [in 2015],” he told the Financial Times in June.
He came to Art Basel from New York’s Armory Show, which he helped to revitalise as its director from 2012 until summer 2015. In 2011 he was the director of the first ever online art fair in 2011, the VIP Art Fair.
Horowitz officially joins Sotheby’s on 20 September.