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Ali Banisadr



2011It Happened and It Never Did, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
2010Evidence: Works on Paper, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

2008Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York


2011East Ex East, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
Visions: Ali Banisadr, Jules de Balincourt, Tomory Dodge, Barnaby Furnas, and Ryan Mosley,
Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy
2010Hareng Saur: Ensor en de hedendaagse kunst, Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent
at S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium
Contemporary Notes, Assar Gallery, Tehran
Ghosts (Mauricio Anzeri, Ali Banisadr, and Nick Goss), Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
2009Raad O Bargh, Kunstraum Deutsche Bank, Salzburg
Epic Painting, The Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisberg, Pennsylvania
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Raad O Bargh: 16 Artists from Iran, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
2008Weaving The Common Thread, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, N.Y.
Utopia/Dystopia, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Post Graduate Fellows Exhibition (Ali Banisadr, David Pettibon, Mary Raap),
New York Academy of Art
Small is Beautiful 2, Flowers Gallery, New York
2007Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York
Homecoming, New York Academy of Art, New York
Summer Exhibition, New York Academy of Art, New York
CAA Exhibition, Hunter College/Time Square Gallery, New York
2006Tribeca Ball, Skylight, New York
Summer Painters, Chateau de Balleroy, France
2005In Exile, Visual Arts Gallery, New York


The British Museum, London

The Saatchi Collection, London

The Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg, Austria

The Wurth Collection, Künzelsau, Germany


New York Foundation for the ArtsFellowship in Painting (2010)

Post-Graduate Research Fellowship, New York Academy of Art, New York (2007–08)
Travel Grant to Normandy, France at the Chateaux Balleroy (2006)
Prince of Wales / Forbes Foundation (2006)



"Donner und Blitz aus dem Iran," Der Standard, July 29, 2009
"Prima candelina coi fantasmi: una mostra astratta e figurativa," Il Giornale, September 15, 2010
Raad O Bargh: 16 Artists from Iran (Paris: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2009)
"Raad O Bargh," L'Officiel Ukraine, May 2009
"Raad O Bargh," Le Monde, March 3, 2009
"Thunder and Lightning," Wall Paper, February 20, 2009
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East (London: The Saatchi Gallery, 2009)
Affronti, Fabrizio, Badinella, Chiara. "Grandi Masteri, Fonte Perenne," La Casana, March 2010
Affronti, Fabrizio, Badinella, Chiara. "Ali Banisadr: Un caos conrtollato in procinto di andare a pezzi," Flash Art Italia, August/September 2010
Amirhajibi, Alireza. "Iranian Raad O Bargh in Paris and London," Etemad Melli, February 2009
Different Sames: New Perspectives on Contemporary Iranian Art, ed. Hossain Amirsadeghi
(London: TransGlobe Publishing Ltd., 2009)
Ayers, Robert. Modern Painters, November 2009
Besnier, Augustin. "Ali Banisadr Evidence", Paris Art, January 2011
Brown, Neal. "Middle Eastern Promise," The First Post, February 2, 2009

Casavecchia, Barbara. “East Ex East,” Artreview, October 2011
Cheney, Alexandra. "All's Fare in Art," The Wall Street Journal, May 9, 2010
Church, Amanda. "Ali Banisadr," Art in America (artinamericamagazine.com), June 29, 2011
Daftari, Fereshteh. "Voices of Evil: A Common World Order," in Ali Banisadr (Paris: Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2010)
Dagen, Philippe. "Le Moyen-Orient détrône la Chine chez Saatchi, collectionneur avisé," Le Monde, February 7, 2009
Dagen, Philippe. "Raad O Bargh," Le Monde, March 8, 2009
de Maulmin, Valerie. "Les arcanes poetiques d' Ali Banisadr," Connaissance des Arts, November 2010
De Santis, Sophie. “Ali Banisadr,” Le Figaro, February 23, 2010
Farzin, Media. "Profile: Clamour and Color–Ali Banisadr," Canvas Magazine, September 2011
French, Christopher. "Ali Banisadr," Artnews, September 2011

Gulli, Damiano. “East Ex East,” Flash Art, October 2011
Halasz, Piri. "Detour Through Chelsea," (An Appropriate Distance) From the Mayor's Doorstep, No. 81:1, December, 2008
Jeffreys, Tom. "Unveiled New Art From The Middle East," Spoonfed, January 29, 2009
Lindquist, Greg. “Ali Banisadr,” The Brooklyn Rail, December 2008/January 2009
Mahlouji, Vali. "Raad O Bargh," Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2010 (exhibition catalogue)
Mills, Dan. Epic Painting (Lewisburg, Penn.: Bucknell University/Samek Art Gallery, 2009)
Natter, Helene. "Raad O Bargh l' Iran chez Thaddaeus Ropac," JalouTV.com (March 2009)
Neal, Jane. “East Ex East,” Brand New Gallery, Milan, June 2011 (exhibition catalogue)

Montazami, Morad. "Raad O Bargh," Art Press 356 (May 2009)
Rigollet, Catherine. "Ali Banisadr," L'Agora des Arts, March 2010
Rosenberg, Karen. "Ali Banisadr," The New York Times, November 7, 2008
Sand, Olivia. "Profile: Ali Banisadr," Asian Art Newspaper, February, 2011
Santevecchi, Guido. "Arte Shock Per I' Islam Senza Veli," Corriere Della Sera, January 31, 2009
Sharifian, Vahid. "Interview with Ali Banisadr", Tandis Magazine, May 2010

Tagliafierro, Marco. “East Ex East,” Artforum, October 2011
Tonkonow, Leslie. "A Brief Conversation With Ali Banisadr," in Ali Banisadr (New York: Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 2008)

Trezzi, Nicola. “Visions," Monica De Cardenas, Milan, September 2011
Van Cauteren, Philippe, et. al. Hareng Saur: Ensor and Contemporary Art (Ghent: S.M.A.K. and MSK Ghent, 2010)
Van Tuijn, Eric. "The Middle East Unveiled," Metropolis M, March 2009
Verla Bovino, Emily. "Raad O Bargh: 16 Artists from Iran," Frieze Magazine (April 2009)
Villodre, Nicolas. "Ali Banisadr," Paris Art, March 2

Wagner, James, "Ali Banidadr at Leslie Tonkonow," jameswagner.com, December 2008