Art: Something New

Frederick John Kiesler has one of the smallest frames and biggest brains in contemporary art. A gentle, Vienna-born egotist, he lives in strict simplicity in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, and at 58 still steadfastly refuses to limit his ideas to the salable, the practical or even the altogether sensible. His colleagues have been both damning and deifying his theories for years. Because he keeps well ahead of his time, Kiesler has little substance to show for his notions and few laymen ever have heard of him.

Colors for Hours. Back in the 1920s Kiesler* pioneered both "floating" building (cantilevered out from masts, like...

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