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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Peter Bakker marked it as to-read Aug 08, The people who lent Duchamp money did so knowing that a signed slip of paper was worth more than the amount they were giving the father of Deatu to gamble with. This is one of the most compelling pieces of art writing that I have yet encountered.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

It is not actual locations, but the state of his mind or the baz of his work and how that works within an American or Europan context. Refresh and try again. Tom Buchanan rated it liked it Feb 22, Since his untimely death, Ader has achieved mythic status in the art world as a figure literally willing to die for his art.

University of Chicago Press He concentrates tremendous psychological energy in the telling of a taut and revealing story. Birth of an Art Capital and the Pacific Standard Time initiative spearheaded by the Getty Foundation across Southern Californian institutions from to click here for review.

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

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He had one foot in Holland, and the other in Los Angeles. Michael rated it really liked it Mar 05, Because the text trails off in each subsection rather than coming to a conclusion, this central issue feels perpetually and unsatisfactorily unresolved.

Alicia Little marked it as to-read Jun 28, I only came upon his work maybe 20 years ago, which is odd, because he was very much of a Los Angeles based conceptual artist. Reviews and essays are licensed to the public under a under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4. Lists with This Book. Trivia About Bas Jan Ader: Three years prior to his death, Ader started to play the futures market.

Dewth slowed-down 16mm film shows the artist leaning slightly to his right, wder himself forward; the chair scoots from beneath him and he begins his tumbling descent to the garden below. The twenty-four-second film Fall 1, Los Angelesfor example, shows Ader seated on a chair tumbling off the roof of a house, whereas the even shorter Fall 2, Amsterdam portrays the artist atop a bicycle veering into a Dutch adwr. Matthew Jesse Jackson, University of Chicago.

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Dena rated it liked it Nov 12, Robin J rated it it was amazing Mar 27, Lindsay marked it as to-read Dec 10, Isak ls it it was amazing Nov 14, Visit the CAA Website. Erik Day marked it as to-read Dec 03, Romy added it Dec 04, Although the book could have benefited from a greater contextualization of Ader in critical discourses on Conceptual art that emerged on the East Coast in the late s, the appearance of a Los Angeles-centric monograph deserves celebration.

It’s fascinating to know about his Los Angeles existence, and how he mixed in with other artists of that time and place. J Wilson rated it really liked it Apr 02, Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods jaan art history and visual studies. Whereas the existing literature on the artist ignores this activity, Dumbadze supplies ample evidence that Ader considered it part of his art practice, even as he made no plans to aser or present the work as such.

He only told a couple of friends about it, in passing, claiming it to be a work.

The result is one of the most enjoyable and affecting academic studies you might hope to read.