Bas Jan Ader’s art career lasted only five years. From to he played out his notions of the weight of gravity in short films that showed. In , artist Bas Jan Ader attempted to sail across the Atlantic. .. Bas Jan Ader : Death is Elsewhere (University of Chicago Press, ). Bas Jan Ader has 25 ratings and 1 review. Tosh said: I think partly due to the deaths of David Bowie and Tony Conrad, I felt great sorrow.

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Refresh and try again. The slowed-down 16mm film shows the artist leaning slightly to his right, propelling himself forward; the chair scoots from beneath him and he begins his tumbling descent to the garden ia.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

He has documented his “performances’ in photogra I think partly due to the deaths of David Bowie and Tony Conrad, I felt great sorrow reading this book on the artist Bas Jan Ader. It was an artwork meant to be private and thus practically invisible.

He was bound for Falmouth, England, on the second leg of a three-part piece titled In Search of the Miraculous. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sadly he disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean. In other words, commodities trading was a kind of art that simply existed in everyday life; it was not re-presented in an indirect, mediated form. Andrea rated it really liked it May 23, Can an object or activity meaningfully obtain the status of art without any institutional or representational apparatus that defines it as such?


Ader was never seen again. He only told a couple of friends about it, in passing, claiming it to be a work.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere by Alexander Dumbadze

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Reviews and essays are licensed to the public under a under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4. Want to Read saving…. He had one foot in Holland, and the other in Los Angeles. Goodreads helps you keep track of books deahh want to read.

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Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies. Michael rated it really liked it Mar 05, Andy Hayleck rated it really liked it May 16, This is one of the most compelling pieces of art writing that I have yet encountered.

J Wilson rated it really liked it Apr 02, Ader took on this speculative vocation with seriousness and rigor, carefully researching his investments and recording his trades and plans in a notebook.

Ader can represent the act of falling, but never recreate it fully — the air, the fear, the thud to the ground, the cold canal — for his audience.


Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere, Dumbadze

Death Is Elsewhere by Alexander Dumbadze. Three years prior to his death, Ader started to play the futures market.

On one level, he is sort of a Buster Keaton figure, but instead of laughter, his work is profoundly sad.

Gina Lewis marked it as to-read Oct 10, What is remarkable, however, is what the work represented for Ader: Conor Stechschulte rated it really liked it Dec 24, Ian Swanson marked it as to-read Jul 12, Isak rated it it was amazing Nov 14, It is not actual locations, but the state of his mind or the state of his work and how that works within an American or Europan context.

Dumbadze sometimes speculates too broadly on the meaning behind Ader’s work, but through letters, artwork and interviews by Ader’s contemporaries he illuminates the brief life of an man con-tent to let gravity take him where it would. Matthew Jesse Jackson, University of Chicago.