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Bas Jan Ader: <I>In Search of the Miraculous</I> (<I>AFTERALL</I>)

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In 1975 Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea while trying to sail from the East Coast of the United States to Europe as part of a project titled In Search of the Miraculous. Ader's considerable influence on later conceptual artists stems from the way in which he used the cool analytic and antisubjective aesthetics of conceptual art to explore experiences that would seem definit

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Paperback, 64 pages
Published May 5th 2006 by Afterall Books
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Tosh
Sep 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Fans of Herzog maybe into Bas Jan Ader's conceptual art works. An amazing artist that is now phantom like due to his death while crossing the Atlantic on a small boat. To look at his work it is like seeing ink disappearing from a page. There is something beautiful and quite moving about his aesthetic and how that work is conveyed after his death.
Nathaniel
Sep 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
In depth study of the conceptual framework of bas jan ader’s in search of the miraculous. verwoert does a good job in trying to pull ader out of the tragic artist role that his death bestowed on him and placing the project within the conceptual role that it meant to enact.
Eugene
May 10, 2008 rated it liked it
would love to love this "one work" series (which includes one on hollis frampton, whom i'm also a fan of) ...and bas jan ader's kinda super heroic ...but this book was disappointing--full of PhD-speak and turgid dissertation prose. good photos tho.


Joseph Mosconi
Apr 11, 2007 rated it it was ok
A good if obvious and not too compelling overview of Bas Jan Ader's work.
Penny
Dec 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Wow, I can't wait until December 19th.
I can't wait to read this book!

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