Ali Banisadr’s (BFA 2005 Illustration) painting Interrogation (2010) was recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is currently on view through September 3 in the Museum’s exhibition “Contemporary Iranian Art from the Permanent Collection.” Banisadr’s personal history, the history of art, and the history of modernity always inform his paintings, drawings, and other works on paper, and through the influence of Abstract Expressionist painter Milton Resnik, whose work embraced instability and confronted the idea of resolution and release in painting, Banisadr’s images imply form and formlessness in purposeful marks and gestures.
“I don’t make things that have names,” he told Jonathan Beer on the Art-Rated blog recently. “I don’t make identifiable things—like here’s a tree or a rock or a car, I just don’t make things that way. The painting doesn’t communicate to me that way, because its paint. As paint, it’s telling me different things and those things are unnamed things.”
View more of Banisadr’s work at his website.
Image: Ali Banisadr, Interrogation, 2010, oil on linen, 48 x 60 inches.