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Despite the figuration and the action, and the traditional heaven-and-earth, figure-ground compositional structures, these are essentially abstract paintings. They are about all-overness, balance, movement, harmony and dissonance, detail and whole. Their cartoonish gestures — the schematic swishes of air current left in the wake of bodies darting to and fro – adds a kitsch element as do the knowingly vulgar color schemes but the sheer skill and vibrancy with which he marshals technique has us forgive these as surely as we do or ought to do in his surrealist or populist mentors. In some ways he is a flatter, cleaner version of Cecily Brown, replacing sex with war. He looks to Matta where she looks to de Kooning, which is to say that his skills are more linear and spatial and less fleshly or voluptuous.
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|Ali Banisadr, Ran, 2014. Oil on linen, triptych, 96 x 183 inches|
Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York
|Ali Banisadr, Hypocrisy of Democracy, 2012, oil on linen|
30 x 36 inches (76,2 x 91,4 cm)
|Ali Banisadr, Interrogation, 2010, oil on linen, 48 x 60 inches |
Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York