Ali Banisadr

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Born in Tehran in 1976, Ali Banisadr grew up during the Islamic revolution and the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. In 1988, he and his family left Iran, first to Turkey and then to California. In 2000, he moved to New York City where he currently lives and works. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005, and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2007. Since his first solo exhibition in 2008, Banisadr has exhibited in the United States and abroad. His paintings have been featured in international surveys, such as “Love Me/Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and Its Neighbors” at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Currently his work is included in “Rebel, Jester, Mystic Poet: Contemporary Persians” at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto until June 2017. It will then travel to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in July. Among public collections owning his work are the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; The British Museum; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg. Banisadr’s first exhibition at Sperone Westwater took place in 2014. A solo exhibition of his new work will open at the gallery in May 2017. “Ali Banisadr: Trust in the Future,” a show of new paintings and work on paper, is the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and will run 4 May – 24 June 2017.

 

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Ali Banisadr
Paper Tiger, 2013
oil on linen
16 x 16 inches (40,6 x 40,6 cm)
SW 13137
Private Collection

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Ali Banisadr
It's In The Air, 2012
oil on linen
82 x 120 inches (208,3 x 304,8 cm)
Collection of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

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Ali Banisadr
Burn It Down, 2012
oil on canvas
30 x 36 inches (76,2 x 91,4 cm)
SW 12369
Private Collection

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Ali Banisadr
Hypocrisy of Democracy, 2012
oil on linen
30 x 36 inches (76,2 x 91,4 cm)
Private Collection

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Ali Banisadr
Selection, 2011
oil on linen
66 x 88 inches (167,6 x 223,5 cm)
Collection of Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria

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Ali Banisadr
Interrogation, 2010
oil on linen
48 x 60 inches (121,9 x 152,4 cm)
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Ali Banisadr

Contact, 2013

oil on linen

82 x 120 x 2 inches (208,3 x 304,8 x 5 cm)

Collection of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

 

Artist exhibitions

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Ali Banisadr
Trust in the Future
4 May – 24 June 2017
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Ali Banisadr
Motherboard
1 March - 19 April 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist publications

Artist press

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GO INSIDE NYC'S TOP 5 GALLERY SHOWS
by Samuel Cochran
23 May, 2017
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Ali Banisadr on the cover of CANVAS
Interview by Ali Y. Khadra
March/April 2017
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Ali Banisadr in Conversation with Porochista Khakpour
by Katy Donoghue
Summer 2014
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Brueghel Meets Mughal: Ali Banisadr at Sperone Westwater
By David Cohen
14 April 2014
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Ali Banisadr: Motherboard
By William Corwin
2 April 2014
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Ali Banisadr Interview
By Noah Becker
24 March 2014
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In The Garden of Earthly Delights
By Lucien Harris
March/April 2014
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Painter Ali Banisadr's Sound Inspiration
By Meghan Dailey
6 March 2014
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How Ali Banisadr Holds Memory
By Emily McDermott
28 February 2014
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