Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous. Jan Verwoert. One Work Series. Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea in while attempting to sail from the east coast . May 9, In Search of the Miraculous, the last and most poignant work by the Dutch-born artist Bas Jan Ader, was intended to be a performance in three. In Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea while trying to sail from the East Coast The fulsome documentation of Ader’s In Search of the Miraculous-a multipart.

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For some, I realise, such a biographical interpretation diminishes Ader’s art, which should be allowed to stand on its own.

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Bas Jan Ader Nightfall Black and white film, silent, 16mm film and digital media Nas duration: Mondo New York film. Implied in this was a rejection of Romanticism. Another piece consists of two photographs shown side by side.

Courtesy Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Bas Jan Ader Primary time. The second part would be the record of his Atlantic crossing see belowthe third part a similar night time search somewhere in the Netherlands, again to be recorded in a rhe of photographs.

Bas Jan Ader works in Dizziness: Themes of noble tragedy, majestic triumph, even grand failure: Metro Pictures, NYC, had a mini – survey of his work during summer, Four hundred and seventy three copies of Reader’s Digest magazine, compost comprised of soil and grass seeds, plastic sheeting, light from various sources.

Acer from the original on His book Bas Jan Ader: His work was enormously influential, but of limited popular appeal.

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The artist was lost at sea in during the middle part of what was to be his grand trilogy of works In search of the miraculous. He never completed his transatlantic voyage to Falmouth, England: His conclusion is based on interviews with people in Spain who saw his retrieved boat before it was stolen. Only a few express grief outright. This page was last edited on 29 Novemberat Please don’t leave mitaculous 1st – English ed.


Ader, though, understood these taboo subjects as abstract ideas and urgently tested their validity. Since Ader lived only to age thirty-three [and therefore had a relatively small oeuvre], Verwoert discusses a number of other works. It is the source of much speculation.

In he made the work ‘In search of the miraculous One night in Los Angeles ‘, a series of photographs showing a lonely figure wandering through the night in L. Ouspensky ‘s mystical book In Search of the Miraculous. In these falling pieces, Ader’s medium is the force of gravity, which launches him into the unknown – much as Yves Klein jaan done in his famous photograph ofLeap into the Void.

His parents were both Calvinist ministers.

The artist who sailed to oblivion

Whatever else is true about Ader, I think it is safe to say he was a profoundly depressed man. In his film Nightfall, he lifts a concrete paving slab and allows it to fall on to the only light source in a dark interior, a cluster of light bulbs – an act symbolic of sudden and violent death. In his few silent black-and-white films, he performs a series of actions that are both dangerous and clown-like in their absurdity. Bas Jan Ader Pliure.

His idealistic parents had turned their home into a refuge for Jews, hiding them from the Nazis and so saving their lives. Retrieved 4 July Instead it is freedom itself that controls the situation; it is this quality that doomed Ader.


Click below to see the ArtNews article. It is going East and passes the border. Black and white film, silent, 16mm film and digital media. One of his most famous works, I’m too sad to tell youconsists of a 3-minute silent black-and-white movie of him crying, several photographs long hair and short hair versions and a post card mailed to his friends with the inscription “I’m too sad to tell you”.

Bas Jan Ader In search of the miraculous Performance in three parts unfinished Documented by slides, an audio tape, the invitation card to Claire S. I wonder if the little heart that has beaten with mine, has stopped.

He also paid dearly for his art.

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In short, he is a classic cult figure, an artist’s artist. Bas Jan Ader photo work in “Pandora’s Box: Determinism lurks, but it is of a different kind, not something malicious like gravity or potentially random like God. Bas Jan Ader Art Ltd. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Bas Jan Ader Reader’s Digests digested Installation Four hundred and seventy three copies of Reader’s Digest magazine, compost comprised of soil and grass seeds, plastic sheeting, light from various sources Documented by two 35mm slides and one preparatory drawing, now lost.

Retrieved 18 July The voyage was to be the central element in the performance. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

In Pictures – the story of love and romance: Then it will stop. Xaviera Simmons produces installations, sculptures, photographic, video and performative works. Bas Jan Ader Primary time Installation view: