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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Johanna Wallin marked it as to-read Jan 08, Bryan rated it really liked it Jan 31, He was bound for Falmouth, England, on the second leg of a three-part piece titled In Search of the Miraculous. Art historian Dumbadze paints a jam portrait of the young artist; his childhood during World War II in Amsterdam, his youthful days at Otis Art Institute, his quest for truth through philosophy, his love of Marcel Duchamp, and his participation in the Los Angeles art scene. Reviews e,sewhere essays are licensed to the public under a under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.

Bas Jan Ader

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: A lot of work deals with space and falling – meaning that gravity itself pulls you down.

Dillon marked it as to-read May 21, 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. This is one of the most compelling pieces of art writing that I have yet encountered. Based on what criteria does one recognize a particular activity as artwork and not another? The author Alexander Dumbadze does an excellent job in placing Ader’s work slsewhere the context of s America as well as noting the mysterious aspect of his work.


From to he played out his notions of the weight of gravity in short films that showed him hanging from trees Broken Fall, Organicbiking into an Amsterdam canal Fall 2, Amsterdam or sitting in a chair atop a roof before propelling to the ground Fall 1, Los Angeles.

Yet, I can see the Los Angeles side of his work as well. Jurg Haller marked it as to-read Sep 14, Dumbadze, in a focused, meticulously researched study, zooms in on the years Ader spent in Los Angeles, from towhen the city jaan still considered by many to be a cultural outlier.

Julia Prudhomme added it Dec 30, Yet whether it was an art project or not, only Duchamp knew. American Art Art–General Studies. Peter Bakker marked it as to-read Aug 08, Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr.

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Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere by Alexander Dumbadze

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. The Surrealism Reader Dawn Ades. Travis rated it really liked it May 08, Isak rated it it was amazing Nov 14, The damaged boat was found south of the western tip of Ireland nearly a elaewhere later. There is something very European about his work.


Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

Adairbear marked it as to-read Aug 23, A Publication bass the College Art Association. Coco Kneepkens rated it liked it May 09, Whereas the existing literature on the xeath ignores this activity, Dumbadze supplies ample deqth that Ader considered it part of his art practice, even as he made no plans to disseminate or present the work as such. Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies.

Terence rated it really liked it Oct 22, Jasmin rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Romy added it Dec 04, Dumbadze ultimately maintains that the fall works should be understood as articulations of the philosophical positions regarding free will and determinism as proposed by Albert Camus and Hannah Arendt.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

Nikki Moore rated it liked it Aug 28, The Invention of Art Larry Shiner. 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 canal.

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