Ian Kiaer: Endnote, tooth

Ian Kiaer: Endnote, tooth
Library Shelf Location 18.KIAE
Publication Date 15 Sep 2020

Endnote, tooth is a project Ian Kiaer began several years ago and whose configuration changes with the circumstances. Drawing on the notion of marginal endnotes in books, it references the utopian concepts of the Austrian American architect Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965). In the late 1940s, Kiesler – an atypical figure whose writings were a significant influence on postwar art, architecture and design – came up with the (unrealised) Tooth House, a residence modelled on the human tooth and integrated into its environment.
Guided by his reading of art history and architecture, and by the structural concerns underlying his own ideas, Kiaer has been developing an approach to painting as a «minor form». Each of his installations has a title linking it to a thinker, architect, philosopher or utopianist, with everyday objects and found materials assembled in such a way as to raise the question of their use and their appearance.
Here he continues his explorations of modernist architectural styles, taking as his cornerstone the Monsanto panoramic restaurant overlooking Lisbon, built by the architect Chaves da Costa in 1968. Intended as the embodiment of modernity, luxury and power as seen by Portugal’s «New State» dictatorship (1933–1974), the building is now abandoned and as a ruin continues to ask questions of its history, politics and present position as a critical monument.

Ian Kiaer lives and works in London and Oxford. Venues for past solo exhibitions include the Neubaeur Collegium in Chicago, Lulu in Mexico City, the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, the Aspen Art Museum, Kunstverein Munich and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin. He has also taken part in group shows at Kunstshalle Berlin, MUDAM Luxembourg, the Rennes Biennial, Tate Britain, the British Art Show, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the 10th Lyon Biennial.

ISBN 9783948212018
Quantity 1
Pages 320pp, 25cm x 30cm
Editors Ian Kiaer, Isabelle Alfonsi, Connor Linskey
Authors Christiane Rekade, Francois Piron, Fabrice Hergott
Format Softcover
Publisher Archive Books
Related Artist Ian Kiaer
Category Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keywords Installation, mixed media, Abstract painting
Language English

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