Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr was born in Tehran in 1976 and moved to California with his family when he was a child. He lives and works in New York. 

Banisadr once remarked that his childhood memories, notably of the Islamic revolution and the brutal Iran-Iraq war, were a mix of images, half abstract and the other half with recognizable forms. Present in all of his works is a sense of sound and movement that is due to the way in which Banisadr condenses his imagery, and chooses a wide range of colours to bring his subject to life.

In motion and evolving throughout the process of creation, Ali Banisadr’s work is characterized by an instability that fascinates the viewer and showcases the very essence of imagination. The scenes that Ali Banisadr paints fit within the art history narrative, from Jérôme Bosch to Francis Bacon, bearing this ability to transport us into realms where beauty borders on horror, order on disorder, and where the depths of the sea merge with the farthest reaches of outer space.

The origin of chaos is perhaps what ultimately enables us to see the artist, like an imperfect symphonythe one who orchestrates forms and colours, slow and intense movements, to reach a disconcerting harmony that freezes within time, the creative explosion that unfurls under our gaze.

Disguised beneath the magnificence of the paintings’ overall design – despair, isolation and terror are conveyed. Ali explains, “I became fascinated with all histories of war, conspiracies, colonialism and corruption. 

Awards

2010


New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting 


 


2007 - 2008


Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, New York, USA 


 


2006


Travel Grant to Normandy, France, at the Château Balleroy 


Prince of Wales / Forbes Foundation


Solo exhibitions

2015


In Medias Res, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


At Once, BlainSouthern, London, UK


 


2014


Motherboard, Sperone Westwater, New York, NY, USA 


 


2012


We haven't landed on earth yet, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2011


It Happened and It Never Did, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY, USA


 


2010


Evidence, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2008


Paintings, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY, USA


Group exhibitions

2017


Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians, Agha Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada


Iranian Voices: recent acquisitions of works on paper, The British Museum, London, UK 


 


2016


A Question of Perspective, Grimm, Amsterdam, Netherlands


My Abstract World, Me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany


 


2015


Charity for the Refugees, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2014


Eurasia: A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Love Me/ Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors, Heydar Alivey Center, Baku, Azerbaijan 


Between Worlds, Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India


 


2013


Love Me/ Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors, The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale,Venice, Italy


Expanded Painting, Prague Biennale 6, Prague, Czech Republic


Cinematic Visions: Painting at The Edge of Reality, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK


A Selection of Recent Acquisitions from The Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California, USA


Disaster / The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Safar/Voyage, Museum of Anthropology at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada


Frauen Liebe und Leben (The Klöcker collection), Lehmbruck Musem, Duisburg, Germany


Dynasty, Hotel Particulier, New York, NY, USA


Tectonic, The Moving Museum, Gate Village DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


 


2012


Contemporary Iranian Art in the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


Peekskill Project V, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA


Hue and Cry, Sotheby’s (S2 Gallery) New York, NY, USA


The Sound of Painting, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, Italy


Lucie Fontaine : Estate Vernissage, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Referencing History, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


 


2011


XXSmall, Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art at Haags Gemeente Museum, The Hague, Netherlands 


East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy


Visions, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy


 


2010


Hareng Saur: Ensor en de hedendaagse kunst, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent at S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium


Contemporary Notes, Assar Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Ghosts (Mauricio Anzeri, Ali Banisadr, and Nick Goss), Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy


 


2009 


Epic Painting, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA


Raad O Bargh, Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg, Austria


Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK


Raad O Bargh: 17 Artists from Iran, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2008 


Weaving The Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA


Small is Beautiful (2), Flowers Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Post Graduate Fellows Exhibition (Ali Banisadr, David Pettibon, MaryRaap), New York Academy of Art, NY, USA


Utopia Dystopia, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY, USA


 


2007    


Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Homecoming, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA


Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY, USA


CAA Exhibition, Hunter College/Time Square Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2006  


Tribeca Ball, Skylight, New York, NY, USA


Summer Painters, Château de Balleroy, Balleroy, France


 


2005   


In Exile, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Bibliography

PRESS


 


2014


Lilly Wei, « Ali Banisadr : Interview », Studio International (June 2014)


Randy Kennedy, « Art Scool Creates a New Reality », The New York Times (May 21, 2014)


Katy Donoghue, « Ali Banisadr in conversation with Porochista Khakpour », Whitwall Magazine (May 2014)


David Cohen, « Brueghel meets Mughal : Ali Banisadr at Sperone Westwater », Art Critical (April 2014)


William Corwin, « Ali BanisadrMotherboard », The Brooklyn Rail (April 2014)


Lucian Harris, « Inthe Garden of Earthly Delights » Harper’s Bazaar Art (Cover) (March/April 2014)


Noah Becker, « Ali Banisadr Interview », Whitehott Magazine (March 2014)


Meghan Dailey, « Painter Ali Banisadr’s Sound Inspiration », The Wall Street Journal (March2014)


Norm Havecroft, « Meet NYFA Artist : Ali Banisadr », NYFA (March 2014)


Emily Mcdermott, « How Ali Ali Banisadr Holds Memory «, Interview Magazine (March 2014)


Danielle Murat, « Ali Banisadr’s Motherboard at Sperone Westwater », M Daily (March 2014)


 


2012


Nicola Trezzi, “Ali Banisadr”, Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)


Rebecca Ann Proctor, “Historical Relayerings”, Canvas (May 2012)


Pamela A Lewis, A defiant Beauty: Contemporary Iranian Art from the permanent collection at the Met”, Galo Magazine (March 2012) 


Jonathan Beer, “Conversation with the Unnamed: Ali Banisadr”, Art-Rated (January 2012) 


Cover of Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)


Nicola Trezzi, “Ali Banisadr”, Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)


Jane Neal, “What Lies Beneath”, Flash Art International Magazine (July-September 2012)


Shirine Saad, “Impulse to Paint”, Aishti Magazine (April/May 2012)


 


2011


“Top 100 Artists” (Ranked #1), Flash Art International Magazine (November 2011)


Margherita Artoni, “Visions”, Flash Art International Magazine (November 2011)


Marco Tagliafierro, “East Ex East”, Artforum (October 2011)


Damiano Gulli, “East Ex East”, Flash Art Magazine, Italy (October 2011)


Christopher French, “Ali Banisadr”, ARTnews (September 2011)


Media Farzin, “Profile: Clamour and Colour Ali Banisadr”, Canvas Magazine


(September 2011)


Amanda Church, “Ali Banisadr”, Art in America (June 29, 2011)


Vaziri, Katayoun. "Interview: Ali Banisadr : It Happened and It Never Did", BBC


Persia (TV), Tamasha, (May, 5. 2011)


Olivia Sand, “Profile: Ali Banisadr”, Asian Art Newspaper (February 2011)


Augustin Besnier, “Ali Banisadr Evidence”, Paris Art, (January 2011)


 


2010


Valerie de Maulmin., “Les arcanes poetiques d’ Ali Banisadr”, Connaissance des Arts,


Paris (November, 2010)


"Prima candelina coi fantasmi: una mostra astratta e figurativa" il Giornale, Italy


(September, 15, 2010)


Chiara Badinella e Fabrizio Affronti, “Ali Banisadr: Un caos controllato in procinto di


andare a pezzi” , Flash Art Magazine, Italy 286 (August/September 2010) issue


Vahid Sharifian, “Interview with Ali Banisadr”, Tandis Magazine, Tehran (May, 2010)


Alexandra Cheney, “All’s Fare in Art”, Wall Street Journal, (May, 9, 2010)


Chiara Badinella e Fabrizio Affronti, “Grandi Masteri, Fonte Perenne”,


La Casana, (March, 2010) Italy


Genie Godula, “Ali Banisadr”, France 24 (Video), (February, 12, 2010)


Sophie De Santis, “Ali Banisadr”, Le Figaro, (February, 23,2010)


Catherine Rigollet, “Ali Banisadr”, L’agora Des Arts, (March, 2010)


Nicolas Villodre, “Ali Banisadr”, Paris Art, (March, 2010)


 


2009


Tom Jeffreys, "Unveiled New Art From The Middle East," Spoonfed, (January, 29,


2009)


Santevecchi Guido, "Arte Shock Per I' Islam Senza Veli," Corriere Della Sera, (January,


31, 2009)


Neal Brown, "Middle Eastern Promise," The First Post, (February,2, 2009)


Philippe Dagen, "Le Moyen-Orient détrône la Chine chez Saatchi, collectionneur avisé,"


Le Monde, (February,6, 2009)


“Thunder and Lightning”, Wall Paper (February, 20, 2009)


Alireza Amirhajibi, "Iranian Raad O Bargh in Paris and London," Etemad Melli,


(February 2009)


Eric Van Tuijn, “The Middle East Unveiled”, MetropolisM (March 2009)


Philippe Dagen, “Raad O Bargh”, Le Monde (March, 8, 2009)


Fiona Gruber, “New Middle Eastern Art”, ABC Radio National, (March, 15, 2009)


Emily Verla Bovino, “Raad O Bargh”, Frieze Magazine, (April, 2009)


Morad Montazami, Review, ArtPress, (May 2009)


“Donner Und Blitz Aus Dem Iran”, Der Standard, Austria (July, 29, 2009)


Robert Ayers, Modern Painters, (November, 2009)


 


2008


Karen Rosenberg, "Ali Banisadr," The New York Times, (7 November 2008)


Greg Lindquist, “Ali Banisadr,” The Brooklyn Rail, (December 2008 – January 2009)


Halasz, Piri. "Detour Through Chelsea," (An Appropriate Distance) From the Mayor's


Doorstep, No. 81:1 December, 2008


James Wagner, “Ali Banisadr at Leslie Tonkonow”, Jameswagner.com (December,


2008)


 


PUBLICATIONS


 


Eurasia. A View on Painting (exhibition catalogue). Paris: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2014


Jeffrey Deitch, « Sound of Painting », Sperone Westwater, 48 pages (March 2014)


Michael Peppiatt, “Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art”, Gatehouse Publishing, 240 pages (January 2014)


Nicola Trezzi, "Ali Banisadr": Tectonic, 405 Pages (April 2013)


Giancarlo Politi, Helena Kontova, Nicola Trezzi, "Expanded Painting": Prague Biennale 6, 205 Pages (June 2013)


Nicholas Cullinan, Negar Azami, Dina Nasser-Khadivi, Nada Raza, "Love me Love me Not": Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours, The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale Catalogue, 164 pages (June 2013)


Philippe Dagen, Raimund Stecker, Denise Wendel-poray, "Frauen Liebe Und Leben", Lehmbruck Museum, Hatje Cantz, 288 Pages


Fereshteh Daftari, Jill Baird, "Safar/Voyage", Published by UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver 121 pages (April 2013)


Michael Bracewell, "Disaster: The End of Days”, Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (March 2013)


Margherita Artoni, The Sound of Painting, Published by Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, 75 pages (Novemnber 2012)


Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, "Hue + Cry”, Published by Sotheby's S2, New York (October 2012)


Maryam Ekhtiar, Greg Lindquist, “We Haven’t Landed on Earth Yet”, Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, D.A.P. (June 2012)


Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, "Hue + Cry”, Published by Sotheby's S2, New York (October 2012)


Margherita Artoni, The Sound of Painting, Published by Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, 75 pages (November 2012)


Michael Bracewell, "Disaster: The End of Days”, Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac (March 2013)


Philippe Dagen, Raimund Stecker, Denise Wendel-poray, “Frauen Liebe Und Leben”, Lehmbruck Museum, Hatje Cantz, 288 Pages (April 2013)
Jane Neal, "East ex East", Published by Brand New Gallery, Milan, 104 pages (June 2011)


Nicola Trezzi, "Visions", Published by Monica De Cardenas, Milan, 55 pages : Ali Banisadr, Jules De Balincourt, Tomory Dodge, Barnaby Furnas, Ryan Mosley (September 2011)


Ali Banisadr: Paintings (New York: Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 2008)


Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East (London: The Saatchi Gallery, London, 2009), 33–36.


Raad O Bargh, Text by Vali Mahlouji (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2009)  20-23.


Different Sames: New Perspectives on Contemporary Iranian Art, ed. Hossain Amirsadeghi (London: TransGlobe Publishing Ltd., 2009)


Epic Painting, Bucknell University/Samek Art Gallery, 2009 (Essay by Dan Mills)


Ali Banisadr, Text by Fereshteh Daftari,  Published by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2010, 52 pages


Hareng Saur : Ensor and Contemporary Art, distributed by Ludion, S.M.A.K. and MSK Ghent, 2010,  240 pages  (Texts by Pierre Alechinsky, Susan Canning, Robert Hoozee, Timothy Hyman, Yang Jiechang, Bart Koubaa, Thomas Kowalski, Enrique Marty, Emilio López-Menchero, Raymond Pettibon, Elly Strik, Koen Theys and Philippe Van Cauteren)


Public and private collections

AUSTRIA


Museum der Moderne, Salzburg


Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg


Museum der Moderne, Salzburg


 


BELGIUM


Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels


 


GERMANY


Würth Collection, Künzelsau


Olbricht Collection, Berlin


 


ITALY


Francois Pinault Foundation, Palazzo Grassi, Venice


 


NETHERLANDS


Miniature Museum, The Hague


 


UK


British Museum, London


Saatchi Gallery, London


 


USA


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY


Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California


Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, California


Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York


LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California