london

Ian Kiaer

Bloomberg SPACE

The first gallery in Bloomberg Space, little more than a lobby, is a singularly unsuitable place for the display of art. With its shiny black floor and track lighting, it is coolly corporate in feel. Its irregular, small area is overwhelmed by a double-height ceiling and a corner of floor-to-ceiling glass. A footpath cuts diagonally through the tiny space, with its one oddly oblique wall, making it uncomfortable to stop and actually look at the artworks forced into its corners.

Into this unwelcoming place, Ian Kiaer has heroically installed his understated art. A painter by training and disposition, Kiaer is noted for his combinations of painting—flat monochromes, abstract patterns, or even flimsy pieces of dyed fabric, such as the lilac rectangle in Offset/Black Tulip (Yellow) (all works 2009)—with sculptural forms and readymade objects: chairs, rubber mats, and so on. Sometimes he includes

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