Marion Van Wijk, Netherlands, 2015.
Softcover, 192 pp., 19 colored, b/w illustrations, 9.5 x 6.75 x 0.5 inches.
Marion van Wijk, artist/performer, has been researching Ader’s life and work for a number of years. Not a factual biography of Ader, because there are quite a few gaps caused by his numerous travels, but it is a ‘biographic’ book in which images play an important role. Bas Jan Ader’s most significant work is presented in a separate section. Marion van Wijk was also involved in the VPRO documentary Here is always somewhere and the exhibition and catalogue Please don’t leave me (Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen), both about Bas Jan Ader. Appreciation for the work of Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975) has only increased since his disappearance during a solo sailing journey on the Atlantic Ocean in 1975. Today he is considered to be one of the most significant Dutch artists of the twentieth century.