Written by John Yau and Joe Lin Hill, Introduction by Negar Azimi
Ali Banisadr's first major monograph delves into the Iranian painter's influences and practice.
Preeminent Iranian-American artist Ali Banisadr's canvases depict a complex swirl of action and abstracted figuration across a stagelike picture plane. Varied histories inform these paintings, ranging from the artist's synesthesia, to Persian miniatures, to the multi-figure works of Brueghel and Bosch, and the gestural imaginations of Willem de Kooning and Max Ernst.
Born in Tehran in 1976, Ali Banisadr grew up during the Islamic revolution and the eight-year Iran-Iraq War. In 1988, he and his family emigrated to Turkey and then to California. In 2000, he moved to New York City where he currently lives and works.
About The Author
Joe Lin-Hill is Deputy Director of the Albright-Knox Museum. Dr. Lin-Hill previously served on Robert Storr's curatorial support team for the 2007 Venice Biennale. John Yau is an American poet and critic who lives in New York. He has published over fifty books of poetry, artists' books, fiction, and art criticism. Negar Azimi is a writer and the senior editor of Bidoun. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Harper's, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine.