Ali Banisadr - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Sperone Westwater, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    'S-Hertogenbosch, Het Noordbrabants Museum, Ali Banisadr: Foreign Lands, April 6–August 25, 2019, p. 52 (illustrated, pp. 22, 53)
    Vienna, Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien zu Gast im Theatermuseum, Bosch & Banisadr, Ali Banisadr: We Work in Shadows, September 9–December 1, 2019, pp. 24, 68 (illustrated, pp. 47)
    Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Ali Banisadr / MATRIX 185, October 22, 2020–February 14, 2021, n.p. (illustrated)

  • Literature

    Loren Olson, ed., Ali Banisadr, New York, 2021, p. 213 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Ali Banisadr

    Ali Banisadr is an Iranian-American contemporary artist working in New York. Taking influence from the annals of art history as well as from memories of his childhood during the Iran-Iraq War, Banisadr creates harrowing whirlwinds of chaos and color on the surface of his canvases. He frequently describes his work in terms of tone, volume, and temperature; each canvas begins as Banisadr, who has synesthesia, reflects on the sounds and vibrations of his wartime childhood and develops the chaos until he has calmed the composition to a state of intelligibility.  

    Banisadr borrows equally from Persian miniature painting, Old Masters, and Abstract Expressionists alike. His dynamic Boschian compositions exist in a state of hazy uncertainty between abstraction and figuration, recreating the frenzied sensory traces of war. His work is represented in the collections of major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the British Museum, London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.  

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Foot Soldier

signed, titled and dated "Ali Banisadr "Foot Soldier" 2016" on the reverse
oil on canvas
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
Painted in 2016.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,900

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 19 May 2022