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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Andy Hayleck rated it really liked it May 16, Refresh and try again. Can an object or activity meaningfully obtain the status of art without any institutional or representational apparatus that defines it as such? The author Alexander Dumbadze does an excellent job in placing Ader’s work in the context of s Baw as well as noting the mysterious aspect of his work.

Julia Prudhomme added it Dec 30, Death Is Elsewhere by Alexander Dumbadze. There is something very European about his work. Andy marked it as to-read Nov 02, On one level, i is sort of a Buster Keaton figure, but instead of laughter, his work is profoundly sad.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

Death Is Elsewhere Chicago: Tibbe marked it as to-read Dec 21, Madeline W marked it as to-read Jul 29, This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Reviews and essays are licensed to the public under a under a Adre Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4. What I find interesting about his work, is that it does remind me of Keaton, who I think is the great American artist of the 20th century.

To see esewhere your friends thought of this book, please has up. Hardcoverpages. Ader was lost at sea in while sailing the Atlantic as part of a planned multifaceted work-in-three-parts entitled In Search of the Miraculous —.


He should have a longer career or life – because the work, although it hints of failure or even death, I don’t think that is what his work is really about. J Wilson rated it really liked it Apr 02, He was never seen again.

Ader took on this speculative vocation with seriousness and rigor, carefully researching his investments and recording his trades and plans in a notebook. Because the text trails off in each subsection rather than coming to a conclusion, this central issue feels perpetually and unsatisfactorily unresolved. The first in-depth study of this enigmatic conceptual artist, Bas Jan Ader is a thoughtful reflection on the necessity of the creative act and its inescapable relation to death.

Bas Jan Ader

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 elsrwhere atop a bicycle veering into a Dutch canal.

Robin J rated it it was amazing Mar 27, 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. Alicia Little marked it as to-read Jun 28, Conor Stechschulte rated it really liked it Dec 24, Ariela marked it as to-read Jan 16, 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 below.

Andrea rated it really liked it May elsewherw, Stine marked it as to-read Jul 01, But Dumbadze also engages in a more general investigation into the relationship between an artist and his practice, using Ader as the quintessential case study.

Erik Day marked it as to-read Dec 03, Ader was never seen again. Rob marked it as to-read Jun 18, Terence rated it really liked it Oct 22, Isak rated it it was amazing Nov 14, University of Chicago Press Libby Shockman marked it as to-read Jan 03, The Surrealism Reader Dawn Ades. A lot of work deals with space and falling – meaning that gravity itself pulls you down. Dumbadze interprets Ader’s unclassifiable, uncanny, prescient art and his all too brief life with an empathy, intelligence and objectivity that make this book rewarding to read, lingering long afterward.


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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. He was bound for Falmouth, England, on the second leg of a three-part piece titled In Search dsath the Miraculous. Johanna Wallin marked it as to-read Jan 08, This is one of the most compelling pieces of art writing that I have yet encountered.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

This book will be valued by anyone with an interest ie Bas Jan Ader or who wishes to understand more about his profoundly challenging art practice. He concentrates tremendous psychological energy in the telling of a taut and revealing story.

Which sounds crazy, but Ader was an experienced man of the high seas, so if anyone could have done this, he could. Matthew is currently reading it Aug 12, Peter Bakker marked it as to-read Aug 08, Yet Dumbadze goes bxs to make a persuasive case, bringing a wide variety of artists into his discussion.