Ali Banisadr - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Monday, November 11, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Brand New Gallery, Milan
    Private Collection, Europe

  • Exhibited

    Milan, Brand New Gallery, East Ex East, June 9 – July 30, 2011

  • Literature

    J. Neal, East Ex East, Milan: Brand New Gallery, 2011, pp. 22-23 and 100 (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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The Shadow

oil on panel
15 7/8 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed and dated "ALI BANISADR 2011" on the reverse.

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $68,750

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York 12 November 2013 11AM