Art Basel Appoints Bridget Finn Director of its Miami Beach Fair

Art Basel Names Rising Dealer Bridget Finn as Director of Miami Beach Fair

December 8 – 10, 2023

Miami Beach

Art Basel Appoints Bridget Finn Director of its Miami Beach Fair
Art Basel is delighted to announce today that Bridget Finn has been appointed Director of its
Miami Beach show. In this role, Finn will steer the direction of the Miami Beach edition as it
continues to innovate, overseeing the team staging the fair, cultivating and expanding Art Basel’s
network of galleries, collectors, and artists in the Americas, and working in concert with Miami and
South Florida’s world-class museums, institutions, and cultural partners. Finn will focus on
strengthening Art Basel’s position as the premier Modern and contemporary art fair in the
Americas and global platform for the dialogue and discovery of new artistic practices and
perspectives from the region. Finn will begin her directorship in September 2023 and will be based
in New York. She will report to Vincenzo de Bellis, Director, Fairs and Exhibition Platforms, and
work closely alongside Maureen Bruckmayr, Head of Business and Management Americas.
Finn brings to the role a deep knowledge of the gallery ecosystem. Before joining the eponymous, Detroit based gallery Reyes | Finn, she directed the contemporary art program at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (2013-2017) and held several roles at Anton Kern Gallery (2007-2010) in New York. As part of a gallerist
collective, she established the collaborative curatorial project space Cleopatra’s (2008-2018) in New York, which later operated a Berlin location, working collaboratively with hundreds of artists and cultural
producers for a decade. Previously, Finn served as the Director of Strategic Planning & Projects at
Independent Curators International (ICI) (2010-2013), where she developed unique projects and formats in partnership with leading galleries, museums, auctions houses, corporations, and philanthropic
organizations to deliver contemporary art programs to broad public audiences.
Finn comes to the position with an intimate understanding of the North and South American art markets
and an extensive, established network of galleries, collectors, artists, curators, and institutional leaders
across the region, within and outside of the traditional hotspots in the U.S. A Detroit native, Finn cofounded the city-wide exhibition platform Art Mile Detroit in 2020, serving dozens of local galleries,
institutional non-profits, museums, and artist-run spaces. In 2022, she established FLOURISH, a platform that employs art to drive advancements and positive transformations for children affected by rare disease.
She currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Independent Curators International (ICI) and is active on the Advisory Committee of the Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC).
“We are thrilled with Bridget’s appointment and could not have found a better fit to lead our Miami
Beach fair,” says Noah Horowitz, CEO, Art Basel. “She is deeply committed to Art Basel’s mission and
strategic direction, and to our contributions in shaping and promoting the health and vibrancy of the
artworld ecosystem and local art scenes in Miami Beach and beyond. She has vision, ambition, and the
requisite skillset in spades to drive forward our team and our many new and longtime partners in Miami
Beach. I am immensely proud to welcome her to the Art Basel family.”
Vincenzo de Bellis, Director, Fairs and Exhibition Platforms, says: “Our Miami Beach show is
absolutely singular – in its history and topography, in its character and spirit, and in the
extraordinary community of Miami Beach that continues to shape this landmark fair and cultural
experience of unparalleled quality. Bridget is a lifelong partner to and champion of galleries and
artists. She brings invaluable leadership experience, a wide network of collectors, galleries, artists, and
cultural partners, and unfettered enthusiasm for and conviction in Art Basel’s purpose and vision. I am
confident that she will take our show and all that makes it unique into an even stronger, brighter future.”
Of being named the Director of the stalwart Americas edition, which in 2022 celebrated its
milestone twentieth anniversary, Finn says, “I am deeply honored to assume this role, and to join
in the transformative journey of Art Basel Miami Beach since it was launched more than 20 years
ago – the global anchor for the North and South American creative community and industry, in the
heart of the incredible city of Miami Beach. I look forward to the many collaborations and contributions
that lie ahead with our galleries, patrons, and partners, as we look towards the next 20 years with limitless possibilities. We will continue to propel the show to new heights of artistic excellence and profound impact.”
Finn will lead the Miami Beach show in 2024. She will attend the 2023 edition in December, which is
spearheaded by de Bellis. She joins Art Basel alongside the recently appointed Maike Cruse, Director, Art Basel Basel; Clément Delépine, Director, Paris+ par Art Basel; and Angelle Siyang-Le, Director, Art Basel
Hong Kong.

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