New York

Ian Kiaer

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Art that springs from an immersion in historical research tends to reward the viewer in inverse proportion to the depth and reliability of the findings themselves. It is as if, in championing some highly specialized or unjustly neglected cultural figure, the artist forgets his or her own responsibility to pose questions and becomes instead an amateur biographer who digs for the truth but is unable to communicate it in a form that is also art. On paper, British sculptor Ian Kiaer threatens to fall into this category, so it is a pleasant surprise when he emerges from the library with his own sensibilities not just intact but strengthened.

“Endless Theatre Project,” Kiaer’s US solo debut, is inspired by the architectural theories of Claude-Nicholas Ledoux and Frederick Kiesler, specifically their radical ideas about theater design. Both men wanted to bring the audience closer to the stage and

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