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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Things that Matter in Contemporary Art”artandresearch. Thhe is Elsewhere in Art in America. Bas Jan Ader’s work featured in the group exhibtion Hidden Narrarives: Another piece consists of two photographs shown side by side. 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.

Bas Jan Ader Group exhibition: All my clothes Gelatin silver print.

His book Bas Jan Ader: Retrieved 18 July 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 seatch short hair versions and a post card mailed to his friends with the inscription “I’m too sad to tell you”. Ader created a handful of photographs as well as several short black-and-white films in which he is the sole performer.

His boat, the Ocean Wave, was only a little over 12ft in length, the smallest craft in which such a feat had ever been attempted. He never completed his transatlantic voyage to Falmouth, England: At the same time, Verwoert argues, Ader never discounts, either cynically or ironically, the power of emotional address: To this day, no one knows whether Ader was swept to his death by a freak wave, became disorientated and jumped overboard, or whether, from the first, his intention in staging his last work had been to commit suicide.


It is unknown seatch Ader met his death.

Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous

Although it was spotted 60 miles out to sea and again near the Azores, he was never seen again. The second part would be the record of his Atlantic crossing see belowthe third part a similar night time search somewhere miracylous the Netherlands, again to be recorded in a series of photographs.

In one, he sits on a chair balanced on the pitched roof of his house and allows himself to fall off. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Xaviera Simmons produces installations, sculptures, photographic, video and performative works. Bas Jan Ader In Search of Bas Jan Ader Group exhibition Wanderlust: Archived srarch as title link. In his tragically short career, the Dutch-born artist Bas Jan Ader has often been called a romantic conceptualist, a seeming contradiction considering the dry, analytical approach of his peers.

The body of work Ader left behind is extraordinary, but it isn’t extensive – only a few short films most of which were made in a single weekend plus some photographs and several performance pieces.

Richard Dorment is surprised – and captivated – by a heartbreaking exhibition of works by conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, who was mysteriously lost at sea.

He had arranged for a choir to sing sea shanties at a gallery in Los Angeles before his departure from Cape Cod.


His deserted vessel was found off the coast of Ireland on 18 Apriloffering few clues as to his fate. Please don’t leave me 1st – English ed. And the film of Ader weeping uncontrollably is surely about a sense of mourning and loss so great that it cannot be articulated. In his few silent black-and-white films, he performs a series of actions that are both dangerous and clown-like in their absurdity.

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The piece is expressly about freedom, about the will, about the ability to make a choice that has a corresponding nonchoice. Jan Verwoert discusses all these issues and more in Bas Jan Ader: It is in this light that we should miraculos the films in which he falls from a roof, a tree or into miraculoux canal.

What the Camden show reveals is that the terrible events of Ader’s early life inform the art he was to make as an adult. Pedro de Llano talks about the themes behind the exhibition Drifting Home at the gallery on Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm.

At first sight, Ader’s photographs and installations feel similarly slight. Try to get to this exhibition, but if you can’t, the catalogue – and particularly its introductory essay by Erik Beenker – is outstanding. It is the source if much speculation. A psychoanalyst might say Ader’s work documents his attempt to find his irretrievably lost father within himself.