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The year in, and beyond, the galleries of New York: A relatively concise chronicle of highlights and a top 10 list Related Press The year in, and beyond, the galleries of New York: A relatively concise chronicle of highlights and a top 10 list 23 December 2016, ARTnews

Not so long ago, it seemed that new galleries would keep sprouting up forever in New York, and that existing ones would keep on expanding. Over the past 12 months, though, some have closed. Growth has slowed, sales are down, and people are nervous, especially in the wake of the disastrous U.S. presidential election. But all of that was belied by...

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In Search of Bas Jan Ader, the Artist Who Disappeared at Sea Related Press In Search of Bas Jan Ader, the Artist Who Disappeared at Sea 30 November 2016, Hyperallergic

On April 18, 1976, approximately 150 nautical miles from the southwest coast of Ireland, the crew of a Spanish fishing trawler, the Eduardo Pondal, spotted an object floating in the water. As the crew approached, they saw that it was a small sailing boat. The vessel was floating vertically, its bow completely submerged. After hoisting the boat...

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Practicing falling: Bas Jan Ader at Metro Pictures Related Press Practicing falling: Bas Jan Ader at Metro Pictures 31 July 2016, Art Critical

In 1975, Bas Jan Ader disappeared while sailing the Atlantic. This sail was the second part of his trilogy In Search of the Miraculous. Part one is comprised of 18 black-and-white photographs of the artist walking through various parts of Los Angeles at night. The third part never happened. Metro Pictures’ exhibition includes several...

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The fall: Bas Jan Ader at Simon Lee, London Related Press The fall: Bas Jan Ader at Simon Lee, London 29 July 2016, Art Critical

The distinguishing feature of Bas Jan Ader is the way he brings personal feeling and its hinterland of autobiography into a conceptual practice. That’s what makes him a 'Romantic,' topped off by the mysterious manner of his death. Add the counter-intuitive combination of Modernist art history (with Piet Mondrian as focal point) and...

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After the falls: Bas Jan Ader at Metro Pictures, New York Related Press After the falls: Bas Jan Ader at Metro Pictures, New York 15 July 2016, ARTNews

This moving, elegantly orchestrated exhibition of work by the Dutch-born, Los Angeles–based artist Bas Jan Ader (1942–75) is a lens trained on the California of the late 1960s through the mid-’70s, when the state was still a place for cultural renegades. The intimate scale of the work and its casual production stand as antidotes...

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What to see in New York art galleries this week Related Press What to see in New York art galleries this week 11 July 2016, The New York Times

The Dutch-born artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) had a minor international following in the 1970s, disappeared from the radar in the 1980s, and reappeared in the 1990s as a myth. The myth is based on a relatively small body of work, much of it on view now in a Metro Pictures show that amounts to a rough-cut career survey. Mostly, though, the...

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Restoring the tragicomic tone to Bas Jan Ader Related Press Restoring the tragicomic tone to Bas Jan Ader 20 February 2015, Los Angeles Times

Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975), the Dutch-born Conceptual artist who lived in Los Angeles, produced a modest body of work that has been largely overtaken by the mythic aura surrounding his death.

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Bas Jan Ader: Quicksilver and Gone Related Press Bas Jan Ader: Quicksilver and Gone 1 August 2013, Border Crossings

We are media saturated and mired in a surfeit of images. Representation abounds. We encounter and are faced with one another and the details of lives too hasty and spliced onto fleeting activity to cohere into meaning. We want to see and be aware of everything—archiving or stockpiling pictures and information for some other, later time and a...

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