day 1440_june 16, 2012

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artBasel 2012  The first thing one came across this year at artBasel was the Schaulager satellite temporary pavilion.  Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, it was a blend between their new VitraHaus building, the existing Schaulager Museum and the vernacular barns of Switzerland.  One of the more impactful designs this year considering that artUnlimited fell a bit short in comparison to years past.  Although, there were a few pieces at artUnlimited that struck me.  One being by Walid Raad titled Cotton Under my Feet, 2007, which was a series of 96 inkjet prints centering around the events of 9/11.  The artist could not remember the exact color of blue the sky was on that fateful day.  Over the years and through assimilation from the terrorist trials he has ‘narrowed it down to ninety-six shades of blue.’  Another piece that captivated me was Thousand, by Philip-Lorca diCorcia.  A thousand Polaroids mounted on aluminum taken throughout a twenty-five year career.

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