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The fascinating new show at Le Bal presents the work of Dutch conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader, who was born in 1942 and emigrated to California in 1963 and then lost at sea in 1975, alongside that of Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, a Swiss artist duo born in 1979 and now living in Berlin and considered as one of the most promising teams in contemporary photography. “Both hover between the Old World and the New. Both activate the ‘readymade’ substance of an object or a body placed before a photographic lens or a movie camera. Both simultaneously convey the cold nature of conceptual art and the absurdity of burlesque comedy. Both seek harmony and find it using a paucity of means. And both deliberately provoke the ‘accidentally true’.” (Diane Dufour).
Until 25 Aug. Noon-8pm (10pm Thu). Weekends, 11am-8pm (7pm Sun). Closed Mon, Tue.
Le Bal, 6 impasse de la Défense, 18th.

© Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Happy Ending, 2005, The Great Unreal series Courtesy RaebervonStenglin, Zurich

I’m too sad to tell you (1971) – Bas Jan Ader

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