Contemporary Conversations: The Art of Curating

P resented in partnership with Samsung, Sotheby’s partner for the New York Marquee Sales this November, join us to explore some exciting recent developments in the curatorial field around modern and contemporary art, focusing on the work of three extremely talented international curators. Art historian, critic and curator Mark Godfrey, curator at Barbican Art Gallery Eleanor Nairne, curator at the New Museum Margot Norton and Worldwide Head of Gallery & Private Dealer Services at Sotheby’s Noah Horowitz discuss the process of curating exhibitions of artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lee Krasner, Sarah Lucas, Franz West and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as the new trends in curating that have emerged since the pandemic.

Meet the Panel

Eleanor Nairne, Curator at Barbican Art Gallery

Curator at Barbican Art Gallery, London, where her exhibitions include ‘Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty’ (2021), 'Lee Krasner: Living Colour' (2019), and 'Basquiat: Boom for Real' (2017). Eleanor is also a writer for the Art Newspaper, the New York Times and the London Review of Books and was previously Curator of The Artangel Collection at Tate, working with artists including Jeremy Deller, Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler and Catherine Yass.


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Margot Norton, Curator at the New Museum

Margot Norton is Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum, New York. Most recently she curated Lynn Hershman Leeson: Twisted and the 2021 edition of the New Museum Triennial: Soft Water Hard Stone, co-curated with Jamillah James. Norton joined the New Museum in 2011 and has curated exhibitions with Carmen Argote, Judith Bernstein, Diedrick Brackens, Pia Camil, Sarah Charlesworth, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, Nathaniel Mellors, Laure Prouvost, Pipilotti Rist, Mika Rottenberg, and Kaari Upson. In October 2017, she curated “Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours,” the Eighth Sequences Real Time Art Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the Georgian Pavillion at the 2019 Venice Biennale with artist Anna K.E.. Before joining the New Museum, Norton was a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has contributed to and edited numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, and regularly lectures on contemporary art and curating. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York.


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Noah Horowitz, SVP, Worldwide Head of Gallery & Private Dealer Services

Noah has served as Worldwide Head of Gallery & Private Dealer Services at Sotheby’s since September 2021. In this capacity, he steers Sotheby’s business strategy and relationships with the international dealer community. Prior to this, he spent over a decade in the art fair space, most recently as Director Americas for Art Basel where he led the Miami Beach show and contributed to the organization’s global strategy as a member of its Executive Committee. Previously, he held a four-year tenure as Executive Director of The Armory Show in New York, after directing the first ever online-only fair, VIP Art Fair, from 2010-11. He has a Ph.D. in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and is the author of ‘Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market’ (Princeton University Press, 2011). His writings and commentary on art and economics have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, Texte zur Kunst and The Art Newspaper, amongst others. Noah is also a member of the Manhattan Chapter of Young Presidents Organization.


Mark Godfrey, Art Curator

Mark Godfrey is an independent curator based in London. His recent curated and co-curated projects include 'Laura Owens and Vincent Van Gogh' in Arles; Jacqueline Humphries's survey at the Wex in Columbus, Ohio, and Anicka Yi's Turbine Hall commission at Tate Modern where he worked as Senior Curator from 2007-2021.


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