ArtForum Review

ArtForum Review

CATHRYN DRAKE, "ALI BANISADR THE BENAKI MUSEUM"

April 1, 2021

The Art Newspaper Podcast: A Brush with...Ali Banisadr

The Art Newspaper Podcast: A Brush with...Ali Banisadr

An in-depth podcast conversation on the artist's big influences, from Sufi poetry to Hieronymus Bosch. Hosted by Ben Luke.

Ali Banisadr: "Beautiful Lies"- Solo Museum exhibitions

Ali Banisadr: "Beautiful Lies"- Solo Museum exhibitions

Palazzo Vecchio and Museo Bardini , Florence, Italy

April-August 2021

This year, Italy marks the 700th anniversary of the death of the medieval poet and philosopher Dante Alighieri, known as the Father of the Italian language, with a programme of commemorative events throughout 2021.

Ali Banisadr, Beautiful Lies will take place across two locations in Florence.

At the Palazzo Vecchio, Banisadr will present a trilogy of paintings inspired by Dante's Inferno and produced over the past year. This group of paintings will be installed across from Donatello's 'Judith and Holofernes'; in the prestigious Sala dei Gigli.

At Museo Bardini the artist will present 20 paintings from different periods, installed in dialogue with the museum's historical permanent collection.

As I fell into the rabbit hole of studying everything Dante, I realised that it kept going deeper and deeper. I am fascinated by how Dante was able to bring together fragments of knowledge from many different places and to make such an encyclopedic visionary world. His poems were intended to make it into our present day history, which is exactly what I have tried to do over the past year with this series of paintings based on Dante's Inferno. The series of works I have made will be shown in Dante's hometown, Florence at Palazzo Vecchio and Museo Bardini on the 700th year anniversary of his Death. The title of the show is "Beautiful Lies" which is what Dante had said about his own works and about allegorical poems, which hold truth within allegory as they unfold. I believe that Epic poems hold the essence of all the stories we have been telling ourselves, which is very important in my own work. 

— Ali Banisadr, 2021

The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue

Victoria Miro on Vortic

February 24-April 30, 2021

An exhibition of work by 19 artists celebrating the colour blue.
Milton Avery, Jules de Balincourt, Ali Banisadr, NS Harsha, Secundino Hernández, Ilse D’Hollander, Chantal Joffe, Isaac Julien, Idris Khan, John Kørner, Chris Ofili, Celia Paul, Grayson Perry, Howardena Pindell, Tal R, Paula Rego, Do Ho Suh, Sarah Sze, Flora Yukhnovich.

Ali Banisadr Interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan, Bomb Magazine

Ali Banisadr Interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan, Bomb Magazine

Finding Hope in the Chaos

"Epic Iran" at Victoria & Albert Museum

"Epic Iran" at Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A Museum, London, UK

February 13- August, 2021

Exploring 5,000 years of art, design and culture, Epic Iran will shine a light on one of the greatest historic civilisations, its journey into the 21st century and its monumental artistic achievements, which remain unknown to many.

A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean

A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean

Orlando Museum of Art

January 29 - May 2, 2021

A Boundless Drop to a Boundless Ocean presents artworks by 21 US-based artists of Arab and Iranian heritage shown simultaneously in galleries at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Tahrir Cultural Center of the American University in Cairo. Curated by Dr. Shiva Balaghi, with support from Coralie Claeysen- Gleyzon, the exhibition will be on view from January 29 through May 2, 2021. The exhibition’s title, taken from Kahlil Gibran, describes an immigrant's journey as a creative negotiation between the past and the present, between here and there. Along the way, diasporic artists create their own visual language that conveys meaning across cultural, linguistic, and social borders. Featured artists include Shiva Ahmadi, Diana Al-Hadid, Farah Al Qasimi, Siah Armajani, Ali Banisadr, Huguette Caland, Ala Ebtekar, Lalla Essaydi, Amir H. Fallah, Kahlil Gibran, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Sherin Guirguis, Pouran Jinchi, Hayv Kahraman, Arghavan Khosravi, Youssef Nabil, Jordan Nassar, Shirin Neshat, Nicky Nodjoumi, Kour Pour, and Michael Rakowitz.

Group Exhibition: Le Cinquiéme Printemps

Group Exhibition: Le Cinquiéme Printemps

Custot Gallery, Dubai

March 14-June 26, 2021

Ali Banisadr and Idris Khan discuss the mystery of blue with art critic Ben Luke

Ali Banisadr and Idris Khan discuss the mystery of blue with art critic Ben Luke

Join Ali Banisadr and Idris Khan to discuss the importance of blue in their practice with art critic and host of The Art Newspaper's podcasts Ben Luke, on the occasion of online exhibition The Sky was Blue the Sea was Blue and the Boy was Blue.

Wednesday 24 February, 6pm GMT on Vortic collect

From the earliest uses of lapis lazuli in Ancient Egypt, through the Renaissance when the semi-precious stone was used to create ultramarine, a colour so venerated it was reserved to represent the Virgin and denote her heavenly robes, to Picasso's Blue Period and Yves Klein's patented IKB, blue has occupied a special place in visual culture.

Registration details released on Wednesday 24 February, 12pm GMT

Ali Banisadr & Robert Hobbs in Conversation

Ali Banisadr & Robert Hobbs in Conversation

Hosted by Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, CT

November 23,2020

Ali Banisadr composes abstract dreamscapes that describe his impressions of the trauma of the war and conflict he experienced as a child in his native Tehran. The artist considers his MATRIX installation, as well as his relationship to art history and sound in discussion with distinguished critic and professor emeritus of art history Robert Hobbs.

Icons: Wall Street Journal

Icons: Wall Street Journal

Peter Saenger, Icons: "Worlds Within Wolrds", Wall Street Journal" (October 24-25, 2020)

October 25, 2020

Solo Museum show

Solo Museum show

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

October 22, 2020 ‒ February 14, 2021

Occupying the “between space” of fantasies and dreams, Ali Banisadr’s lively paintings explore intangible worlds balancing figuration and abstraction, order and disorder, energy and entropy. The artist’s process is rooted in synesthesia—an internal response to sound that takes visual form as energy and rhythm in his painterly compositions. This creative approach began in Iran when he was a boy, in response to Iraqi bombings. Fleeing to Turkey, then California, and now living in New York, Banisadr’s life experiences have fueled his interest in different cultures, art history, and the current events that inform his art. Hallucinogenic or monochromatic color palettes heighten the drama of veiled masses in motion or commotion as if on a stage. He differentiates individual figures by pattern and style, variously applying paint with brushes, rags, and sticks. Like an all-seeing eye, Banisadr observes and considers societies past, present, and future and acts as a social critic on the human condition.

Known for his wide-ranging sources of inspiration, Banisadr asked to curate a small selection of Wadsworth collection works that illuminate his artistic interests. Within the MATRIX gallery, Banisadr has assembled prints, drawings, paintings, and a construction dating from the 16th to the 20th century from a variety of cultures. These include a panel painting after Hieronymus Bosch, Caprichos prints by Francisco Goya, woodblock landscape prints by Utagawa Hiroshige, and an assemblage by Joseph Cornell. Whether abstract or representational, Banisadr finds a kinship in their subject matter: strangely vivid worlds often animated with disturbing creatures.

Taking a broader view of the collection, Banisadr has also created a video collage of works on view throughout the museum that inspire him. Interested in showing his artist’s eye, the collage presents specific details in works of art where his focus is drawn. Banisadr’s video collage will be accessible both in the gallery and remotely on the Wadsworth’s social media channels and on thewadsworth.org.

Solo Museum show

Solo Museum show

"Beyond the Sea" Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

November 3, 2020- February 21, 2021

The Benaki Museum is hosting Ali Banisadr’s first solo exhibition in Greece entitled Ultramarinus – Beyond the Sea, at the Spyridon & Eurydice Costopoulos Gallery, Museum of Greek Culture, curated by Polina Kosmadaki, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Head of the Benaki Museum  Paintings, Drawings and Prints Department.

The exhibition title refers to Ultramarine, the blue colour pigment used as early as the Middle Ages, which was originally extracted from the gemstone lapis lazuli and is believed to encapsulate all shades of water and skies. Artists such as Kandinsky associated Ultramarine with the awakening of the transcendental element. Moreover, in Eastern philosophy, this colour is linked to the sixth chakra (or “third eye”), the awakening of “elevated consciousness”. 

The religious, cultural and supernatural connotations of such a unique colour are crucial to Banisadr’s expressive works, in which interrelations with ancestral forms of painting are consolidated. In this exhibition, the dialogue between key works of the artist’s oeuvre and Islamic and Chinese ceramics of the Benaki Museum collections serves as a foothold for projecting the past onto the present. The free associations of forms, sources and various narratives are driven by this powerful colour which dominates Banisadr’s ardent landscapes. In particular, a section of the exhibition features works in blue and white, which act as a kind of essay on the symbolism and “magical” properties of the colour blue.                            

Online Viewing Room

Online Viewing Room

Ali Banisadr: From Painting to Printing, Online Viewing Room, Cristea Roberts Gallery, London

July 28- August 10, 2020

Paintings and works on paper by Ali Banisadr, who was born in Tehran in 1976, are characterised by dreamlike, hallucinatory and often seemingly chaotic landscapes. Inspired by childhood memories, imaginary scenes, the history of painting and sound, these themes underscore his paintings which have been the subject of numerous solo and group international exhibitions and which are housed in some of the world's most important museum collections. 

Some of the world’s greatest artists photographed in lockdown by Maryam Eisler

Some of the world’s greatest artists photographed in lockdown by Maryam Eisler

Lux Magazine

Art Basel OVR Event: Ali Banisadr In Conversation With Patricia Hickson

Art Basel OVR Event: Ali Banisadr In Conversation With Patricia Hickson

June 22, 2020

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 : RED

Ali Banisadr : RED

Online Viewing Room at Kasmin Gallery

June 18, 2020

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.

 

The New Social Environment #42: Ali Banisadr

The New Social Environment #42: Ali Banisadr

The Brooklyn Rail live conversation, Hosted by David Anfam

May 13, 2020 1PM EST

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.

 

EP: 41 - ALI BANISADR - ZEN AND THE SYMPHONIC TIME MACHINE

EP: 41 - ALI BANISADR - ZEN AND THE SYMPHONIC TIME MACHINE

Art Grind Podcast

March 20, 2020

Bosch & Banisadr: Ali Banisadr: We Work in Shadows

Bosch & Banisadr: Ali Banisadr: We Work in Shadows

JULIA M.NAUHAUS, GEMÄLDEGALERIE, ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, VIENNA, AT, 88 PAGES

September 2019

Ali Banisadr: Foreign Lands

Ali Banisadr: Foreign Lands

ROBERT HOBBS, "THE ART OF SENSATION", PUBLISHED BY HET NOORDBRABANTS MUSEUM, DEN BOSCH, THE NETHERLANDS, WBOOKS, 80 PAGES

April 2019

LANDSCAPE PAINTING NOW: FROM POP ABSTRACTION TO NEW ROMANTICISM

LANDSCAPE PAINTING NOW: FROM POP ABSTRACTION TO NEW ROMANTICISM

EDITED BY TODD BRADWAY. TEXT BY BARRY SCHWABSKY. CONTRIBUTIONS BY SUSAN A. VAN SCOY, ROBERT R. SHANE, LOUISE SØRENSEN.

March 2019

The Brooklyn Rail Cover

The Brooklyn Rail Cover

Ali Banisadr in conversation with Phong Bui in the October 2018 issue

October 2018

Frieze Video "Ali Banisadr: The World Upside Down"

Frieze Video "Ali Banisadr: The World Upside Down"

October 15, 2018

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 

Ali Banisadr: Volume 2 Monograph

Ali Banisadr: Volume 2 Monograph

DAVID ANFAM, AZAREEN VAN DER VLIET OLOOMI, NEGAR AZIMI,PUBLISHED BY BLAINSOUTHERN, 236 PAGES

September 2018

New Publication

New Publication

CHAOS AND AWE: PAINTING FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (MIT PRESS)

March 2018

MARK W. SCALA, MEDIA FARZIN, SIMON MORLEY

Copublished with the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN

 

New Publication

New Publication

The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art

October, 2017

FOREWORD BY THOMAS P. CAMPBELL INTRODUCTION BY CHRISTOPHER NOEY, THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, PHAIDON

Bloomberg Documentary on Ali Banisadr

Bloomberg Documentary on Ali Banisadr

Brilliant Ideas

March 2016

The Artist Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Artist Project at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ali Banisadr on Hieronymus Bosch's The Adoration of the Magi

March 2016