ALI BANISADR AND PATRICIA HICKSON, THE EMILY HALL TREMAINE CURATOR OF CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE WADSWORTH ATHENEUM MUSEUM OF ART, DISCUSS HIS NEW PAINTING 'RED', ALONGSIDE SELECT WORKS BY MAX ERNST, AND BANISADR’S UPCOMING MATRIX EXHIBITION THIS FALL.
Ali Banisadr’s latest painting, Red, embodies the existential force of the natural world and the artistic urge to reconcile chaos through the act of creation. Banisadr began the large-scale painting in late 2019 before stepping away from the work in January 2020. Despite its appearance of completion, Banisadr “had a sense that I needed to do more to it.” After the global pandemic struck and countries across the world went into lockdown, he says, “the work made sense to me in a new way.” Banisadr then revisited the painting with renewed dedication, finishing at the end of March 2020.
Protean brings together a selection of post-war and contemporary works that explore the primordial development of both language and physical being. The presentation’s title takes its name from the shape-shifting Greek sea god, Proteus, who came to be regarded as a symbol of the original matter from which the world was created. Alluding to the dawning of life and guided by metaphysical reference, the presentation invites contemplation on the ways in which artists continue to grapple with ontological inquiry.
Video of live conversation with special guest Ali Banisadr and host David Anfam to discuss creative life in the context of our new social reality. This gathering will conclude with a poetry reading by a member of our staff.
With his first German solo show at Blain|Southern Berlin open until 17 November, the New York-based artist discusses using drawings to make sense of his intense childhood in Iran and sound being a guiding force