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Finding great art at Art Basel Miami Beach takes stamina and focus: More than 260 galleries from around the world showed work by more than 2,000 artists. That does not include the many satellite fairs, including NADA, Art Miami, Art Asia, Pulse, Red Dot, Aqua and more. Trevor Schoonmaker, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, simply used his feet–for a total of about 30 hours of walking.  He took a pass on the glitz, but enjoyed connecting with friends and colleagues. He also loved the performances this year.

Below, and pictured above, is Trevor’s Top Ten list of the best of Art Basel Miami Beach 2011:

1. Sanford Biggers and Moon Medicine, “Mixtape”  (Art Public performance on the beach)
2. Wangechi Mutu, Victoria Miro (main fair, booth K14, Art Basel Miami Beach)
3. Radcliffe Bailey, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (main fair, booth B21, Art Basel Miami Beach)
4. Catherine Opie, Regen Projects, Los Angeles (main fair, booth C14, Art Basel Miami Beach)
5. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (main fair, booth B21, Art Basel Miami Beach)
6. Ai Weiwei, Mary Boone Gallery, New York (main fair, booth F08, Art Basel Miami Beach)
7. Lorraine O’Grady, Alexander Gray Associates, New York (main fair, booth K3, Art Basel Miami Beach)
8. William Scott, Creative Art Growth Center, Oakland, CA. (Le Jardin, P16, NADA fair)
9. Pieter Hugo, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg/Cape Town (main fair, booth L01, Art Basel Miami Beach)
10. Steve Roden, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (main fair, booth N31, Art Basel Miami Beach)

Bonus track: NAS at Ricochet Bar and Lounge, Miami (December 1 performance with Theophilus London and a DJ set by Mark Farina while Luis Gispert and Rashid Johnson provided artistic entertainment)

IMAGES: 1. Sanford Biggers and Moon Medicine. Photo by Michael Palma. 2. Wangechi Mutu, “My Daytime Prayers,” 2011. Mixed media collage, 12 ¼ x 16 1.8 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro. 3. Radcliffe Bailey, “Triangular Trade,” 2011. Piano keys and metal, approximately 80 X 80 inches with a 30-inch protruding shelf. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. 4. Catherine Opie, “Burnt House from Burlington and Ninth Street,” 1990. Chromogenic print and mixed media, 40 x 90 x 3.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects, Oakland. 5. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, “Watcher,” 2011. Oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 51 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. 6. Ai Weiwei, Furniture works, “Grapes,” 2008. 17 Stools from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), 167 x 180 x 157 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. 7. Lorraine O’Grady, “Miscegenated Family Album (Ceremonial Occasions II), L: Devonia attending a wedding; R: Nefertiti performing an Aten ritual,” 1980/1994. Cibachrome Prints 26 x 37 inches, Edition of 8 with 1AP (Ed. 3/8). Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Gray Associates. 8. William Scott. Courtesy of the artist and Creative Art Growth Center, Oakland, CA. 9. Pieter Hugo, “Nasra Yeti,” part of Permanent Error project. Courtesy of the artist and Michael Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg/Cape Town. 10. Suite of works on paper by Steve Roden, courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Bonus track: NAS screen grab from video.

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