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The hunt for great art was on for Trevor Schoonmaker at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. The 11th edition of the fair featured more than 260 galleries from around the world showing work by more than 2,000 artists. Trevor, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum, walked through the fair for at least nine hours over two days. He also checked out Project Miami and Untitled, two new satellite fairs, and visited the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. He connected with dozens of galleries, museum colleagues, collectors, Duke alums and artists.

Below, and pictured above, is Trevor’s Top Ten list of the best of Art Basel Miami Beach 2012:

1. Barkley L. Hendricks, Triple Portrait: World ConquerorJack Shainman Gallery, New York (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach)
2. Wangechi Mutu, Who Can’t Fly, Victoria Miro, London (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach)
3. Romare Bearden, Fishing and Crabbing, Three Mile Creek, DC Moore, New York (Project Miami)
4. Whitfield Lovell, Kin series, DC Moore, New York (Project Miami)
5. Kara Walker, Untitled, Sikkema Jenkins, New York (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach)
6. Bruce Conner, Thirteen Color Punk Photos, Paula Cooper, New York (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach)
7. Ed Ruscha, Honk, Gagosian Gallery, New York (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach)
8. Dave Muller, Lift Off, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach)
9. Kemang Wa Lehulere, Sketch for a Future Song, 1, Lombard Freid Projects, New York (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach)
10. Dario Robleto, The Minor Chords Are Ours and Will The Sun Remember At All, Inman Gallery, Houston (Project Miami)
Bonus Track: Studio of William Cordova, North Miami.

Image credits: 1. Barkley L. Hendricks, Triple Portrait: World Conqueror, 2011. Oil, aluminum leaf, variegation leaf, and combination gold leaf on cotton canvas, 60 x 40  inches, 62 x 42 1/4 x 2 inches framed. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 2. Wangechi Mutu, Who Can’t Fly, 2008. Watercolor and mixed media collage on paper. Diptych, overall size 61 x 36.2 cm, 24 x 14 1/4 inches. Courtesy of Victoria Miro, London. 3. Romare Bearden, Fishing and Crabbing, Three Mile Creek, c. 1965. Collage and colored pencil on board, 9 3/4 x 11 5/8 inches. DC Moore Gallery (Project Miami). 4. Whitfield Lovell, Kin series, Conte on paper. Left: Kin IX (To Make Your False Heart True), 2008. Conte on paper, sterling silver canteen, 30 x 22 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches, DC Moore Gallery (Project Miami). 5. Kara Walker, Untitled, 1996. Ink, paper, graphite on paper, 85.25 x 72.25 inches, 216.5 x 183.5 cm. Sikkema Jenkins gallery, New York. 6. Bruce Conner, Thirteen Color Punk Photos, 1978-2012. Portfolio of 13 pigmented ink jet prints, paper size 22 x 17 inches (55.9 x 43.2 cm), edition 3 of 5, 2 AP. Paula Cooper, New York (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach). 7. Ed Ruscha, Honk, 1962. Gagosian Gallery, New York (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach). 8. Dave Muller, Lift Off, 2012. Acrylic on paper,  72 1/2 x 68 5/8 inches, framed (189.2 x 174.3 centimeters), DM 961. Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. 9. Kemang Wa Lehulere, Sketch for a Future Song, 1. Lombard Freid Projects, New York (main fair, Art Basel Miami Beach). 10. (Foreground) Dario Robleto, The Minor Chords Are Ours, 2010. Vintage Mason jars, vintage wooden spools, stretched audio tape, minor chords, linseed oil, willow, 60 x 23 x 23 inches. (Background) Dario Robleto, Will The Sun Remember At All, 2011-12. Suite of 9 archival digital prints on Epson Somerset Velvet 255gsm paper, 1/4, each print 23 x 23 inches. Inman Gallery, Houston (Project Miami). Photo by Trevor Schoonmaker. Bonus track: William Cordova’s studio in North Miami. Photo by Trevor Schoonmaker.

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