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By Wendy

After three days at Art Basel Miami Beach, Kim Rorschach’s feet are buzzing.
The director of the Nasher Museum is in Miami taking in the annual spectacle, along with Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art and tens of thousands of art dealers and collectors, artists and other museum people.

“We’re tired but happy,” she said, by phone from Miami today. “Lots of interesting things to see.”

The heart of the biggest contemporary art fair in the world is the Miami Convention Center, packed with seemingly miles of  gallery booths. Kim’s faves from the week: a monumental new sculpture by Mark Bradford at Sikkema-Jenkins, Nick Cave‘s Sound Suits at Jack Shainman and Nari Ward at Lehmann Maupin. Kehinde Wiley’s brand new equestrian portrait of Michael Jackson, Kim said, is “kind of unbelievable.”

Art Basel Miami is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and tell folks about the Nasher Museum’s upcoming exhibitions, including “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl,” Kim said. “It’s a great way to see what’s going on, to keep up with artists and new works.”

No one can get to it all. The Art Basel Miami experience includes huge shipping containers of art on the beach, dozens of satellite fairs, Miami-based museums with special exhibitions and the private homes and museums of Miami-based collectors.

Highlights: The Rubell Family Collection with the new exhibition of work by 74 artists, “Beg Borrow and Steal”; the Dennis and Debra Scholl Collection, with a new installation at their home curated by Trevor Schoonmaker; satellite fairs Scope Miami and Art Asia Miami.

If you’ve never been, or if budget cuts kept you away from Miami this year, read Walter Robinson’s column on Artnet.com to get the skinny.

IMAGE: Nasher Museum friends gather around Nick Cave’s Sound Suits at Jack Shainman Gallery at Art Basel Miami Beach. Photo from Kim’s phone.

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