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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Dumbadze, in a focused, meticulously researched study, zooms in iz the years Ader spent in Los Angeles, from towhen the city was still considered by many to be a cultural outlier. His trading activity also involved regular visits to an office on Wilshire Boulevard, where he would place orders with brokers over the telephone.

A Publication of the College Art Association. Alicia Little marked it as to-read Jun 28, J Wilson rated it really liked it Apr 02, Dena rated it liked it Nov 12, Jason Arnold rated it liked it Jul 24, He was bound for Falmouth, England, on the second leg of a three-part piece titled In Search of the Miraculous. Bas Jan Ader’s art career lasted only five years. Ian Swanson marked it as to-read Jul 12, Recent Books in the Arts. Lists with This Book. Conor Stechschulte rated it really liked it Dec 24, 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.


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. Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Nikki Moore rated it liked it Aug 28, Madeline W marked it as to-read Jul 29, The result is one of the most enjoyable and affecting academic studies you might hope to read.

Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere

University of Chicago Press: Marcia rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Isak rated it it was amazing Nov 14, 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. Death Is Elsewhere by Alexander Dumbadze.

On one level, he is sort of a Buster Keaton figure, but instead of laughter, his work is profoundly sad. He was bound for Falmouth, England, on the second leg of a three-part piece titled In Search of the Miraculous.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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. Terence rated it really liked it Oct 22, Which sounds crazy, but Ader was an experienced man of the high seas, so if anyone could have done this, he could.

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. Trivia About Bas Jan Ader: Libby Shockman marked it as to-read Jan 03, 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 Brian added it May 29, It’s fascinating to know about his Los Angeles existence, and how he mixed in with other artists of that time and place.


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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. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Us was an artwork meant to be private and thus practically invisible. Rob marked it as to-read Jun 18, Andy marked it as to-read Nov 02, Andrew Perchuk, Getty Research Institute.

It is not elsewheee locations, but the state of his mind or the state of his work and how that works within an American or Europan context. Lindsay marked it as to-read Dec 10, 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.

Jasmin rated it it was amazing Aug 22, Hardcoverpages.