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Although there were no particular trends defining the art scene over the past 12 months, 2018 was still memorable thanks to career retrospectives of artists ranging from big art-historical names like the French 19th-century painter, Eugène Delacroix, to completely obscure figures like Hilma af Klint—whose previously little-known forays into abstract painting during the early 1900s scrambled the standard narrative of the genre. The year also saw the first visit to NYC of a Renaissance masterpiece (appropriately titled the Visitation, by the Italian Old Master Jacopo da Pontormo), as well as a first for the august Metropolitan Museum of Art, as it opened its doors to outsider art in a major survey of self-taught African-American artists from the Deep South. All in all, there was a bounty of fantastic work on offer, so without further ado, here is our recap of the best art shows of 2018.