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Bas Jan Ader

Bas Jan Ader [Paperback]

Author : Verwoert, Jan

In 1975 Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea while trying to sail from theEast Coast of the United States to Europe as part of a project titled In Search ofthe Miraculous. Ader's considerable influence on later conceptual artists stems fromthe way in which he used the cool analytic and antisubjective aesthetics ofconceptual art to explore experiences that would seem definitively subjective--theemotional intensity of tragedy and the romantic quest for the sublime. In Search ofthe Miraculous was conceived as a three-part project: a lonely nighttime walk fromthe hills of Los Angeles down to the sea, documented in photographs; the Atlanticcrossing; a night walk through Amsterdam, mirroring the LA photographs.Thecircumstances of his disappearance have led many interpreters to identify Ader (as aperson) with the role of the tragic romantic hero. The cult status of the artist asa hero whose work is authenticated through his death, however, has obscured the factthat Ader's art was a critical investigation of precisely those romantic motives hispersona has now come to be identified with. This book unpicks these ties in Ader'swork in order to highlight the specific and unique way in which Ader explores theexistential and emotional with an artistic approach that is as conceptual andanalytic as it is poetic and personal.Afterall Books are distributed by The MITPress.

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  • Author:
  • Verwoert, Jan
  • ISBN:
  • 1846380022
  • isbn-13
  • 9781846380020
  • Publisher:
  • Afterall Publishing
  • Cover:
  • Paperback
  • Pub. Year:
  • 12-05-2006
  • SKU
  • 9781846380020
  • Number of Units
  • No
  • Pages:
  • 72