Sam Francis popped up everywhere at Art Basel Miami Beach. The often-defined Abstract Expressionist’s work was peppered in with Contemporary artworks in numerous fairs, but my favorite was the 4-canvas piece at Hollis Taggart Galleries at Art Miami. Considered one of the premier colorists of the twentieth century, Sam Francis is best known for dramatic, lushly painted works comprised of vivid pools of color, thinly applied. Drips, gestures, and splatters of paint in his work have led many critics to identify him as a second-generation Abstract Expressionist, but Francis has also been compared to Color Field artists on the basis of large, fluid sections of paint that seem to extend beyond the confines of the pictorial surface. He often uses bright, contrasting jewel tones, and the piece at the fair was a prime example of my favorite genre of his works.