12/19/2012 11:05 am ET Updated Feb 18, 2013

The 30 Best Exhibitions Of 2012

A strange year in the New York art world, 2012 opened with Damien Hirst's shock-and-awe Spot painting extravaganza at all 11 Gagosian galleries. It came to an uncomfortable close with a hurricane-ravaged Chelsea and an Art Basel Miami Beach that felt oddly unhinged, excessive even by the standards of that event. In between, though, there have been some fine moments.

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