Ali Banisadr - Under the Influence New York Thursday, September 19, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, Ali Banisadr: Paintings, October 30 – December 20, 2008

  • Literature

    Ali Banisadr: Paintings, exh. cat., New York: Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 2008 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    I always look for openings, the part of the painting that welcomes me, the part that calls me in.
    Ali Banisadr, 2011

  • 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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What's Yours is Mine

oil on linen
24 x 18 in. (61 x 45.4. cm.)
Signed and dated "Ali Banisadr 08" along the overlap.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $81,250

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Under the Influence

New York 19 September 2013 2pm