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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What I find interesting jna his work, is that it does remind me of Keaton, who I think is the great American artist of the 20th century. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: Adairbear marked it as to-read Aug 23, He had one foot in Holland, and the other in Los Angeles. Gina Lewis marked it as to-read Oct 10, What is remarkable, however, is what the work represented for Ader: Death Is Elsewhere Chicago: Please send comments about this review to editor.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

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Visit the CAA Website. Andy Hayleck rated it really liked it May 16, The Invention of Art Larry Shiner. Johanna Wallin marked it as to-read Elsewyere 08, Tibbe marked it as to-read Dec 21, Since his untimely death, Ader has achieved mythic status in the art world as a figure literally willing to die for his art.

He concentrates tremendous psychological energy in the telling of a taut and revealing story. The damaged boat was found south of the western tip of Ireland nearly a year later. Ader was never seen again. David Sankey rated it it was amazing Feb 09, Adr the film the work?

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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.

On one level, he is sort of a Buster Keaton figure, but instead of laughter, his work is profoundly sad. Since eleewhere untimely death, Ader has achieved mythic status in the art world as a figure literally willing to die for his art. It’s fascinating to know about his Los Angeles existence, and how he mixed in with other artists of that time and place.

His trading activity also involved regular visits to an office on Wilshire Boulevard, where he would place orders with brokers over the telephone.

Based on what criteria does one recognize a particular activity as artwork and not another? The deagh 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 Conceptualism to gamble with. Yet Dumbadze goes on to make a persuasive case, bringing a wide variety of artists into his discussion. Yet, I can see the Los Angeles side of his work as well. 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 elsewher artist Bas Jan Ader.

The author tells his tale with sensitivity and insight, his considerable erudition deployed lightly, conveying complex concepts in prose that is clear, elegant and engaging From to he played out his notions of the weight of gravity in short bax 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.

Kristie Bailey marked it as to-read Mar 22, This book will be valued by anyone with an interest in Bas Jan Ader or who wishes aeer understand more about his profoundly challenging art practice. Romy added it Dec 04, He was bound for Falmouth, England, on the second leg of a three-part piece titled In Search of the Miraculous. Dumbadze ultimately maintains that the fall works should be understood elsewheee articulations of the philosophical positions regarding free will and determinism as proposed by Albert Camus and Hannah Arendt.

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Jason Arnold rated it liked it Jul 24, David marked it as to-read Jan 30, Recent Books baa the Arts. Eivind Nakken rated it really liked it Jul 02, Madeline W marked it as to-read Jul 29, Libby Shockman marked it as to-read Jan 03, Because the text trails off in each subsection rather than coming jxn a conclusion, this central issue feels perpetually and unsatisfactorily unresolved. 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.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

Julia Prudhomme added it Dec 30, To ask other readers questions about Bas Jan Aderplease sign up. Michael rated it really liked it Mar 05, 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.

The damaged boat was found south of the western tip of Ireland nearly a year later. The author Alexander Dumbadze does an excellent job in placing Ader’s work in the context of s America as well as noting the mysterious aspect of his work.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Apr 14, Tosh rated it really liked it.