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artnet News' editors and contributors pick their favorites from a year's worth of memorable art.

Katharina Grosse, “Rockaway!” (2016), from MoMA PS1 at Gateway National Recreation Area at Fort Tilden, New York July 3–November 30, 2016

I was surprised at how few works had stuck in memory after a long year covering galleries, museums, and art fairs, but Katharina Grosse’s inspiring site-specific spray painted mural on an crumbling, abandoned Army building out in the Rockaways stuck with me long after the summer heat had faded.

A meditation in white, pink, and red, the piece referenced the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, which rocked the surrounding area, and was meant to read like waves of paint crashing over the derelict structure. The work lent a surreal beauty to the space, which was slated to be destroyed following the exhibition’s run.

—Sarah Cascone

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