Ali Banisadr - New Now London Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 2015

  • Exhibited

    New York, Leslie Tonkonow, It Happened and It Never Did, 3 March - 23 April 2011

  • Literature

    Jessica Smith, Emily Jackson, Noura Al-Maashouq and Ali Banisadr, One Hundred and Twenty Five Paintings, London, 2015, pp. 122, 236 (illustrated, p. 122)

  • 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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It Happened 2

signed, titled and dated 'ALI BANISADR 2011 "It Happened 2" 2011' on the overlap; further signed 'ALI BANISADR' on the stretcher
oil on linen
20 x 25 cm (7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.)
Painted in 2011.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £47,880

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London Auction 13 July 2021