New York-Based Artist Ali Banisadr Presents the Beauty in Chaos

Harper's Bazaar Arabia

January 14, 2020

For American-Iranian painter Ali Banisadr, creating art is beyond a pure hobby or a choice, it’s a necessity. Growing up amidst the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war during a time of upheaval, art became not only a coping mechanism, but a way to understand the world around him and organise his thoughts. “At a young age, the only way I could process that chaos was in a visual manner,” Banisadr says. “That same habit continued throughout my life. There are so many abstract thoughts that for me, can only be expressed visually.”

The Idiosyncratic Work of Sculptor Alma Allen

WSJ Magazine

January 15, 2020

Surfaces are highly expressive and specific for Allen, a result of the intuitive conversation he holds with each material. Forms may yield outcrops that suggest beaks, tentacles, nipples, stems, tails, though his references are never so explicit. Regardless of its final form, a piece always starts small, as a lump of soft clay or wax the size of a walnut.

“I like making new things every day,” he says. “When I was working by hand, I would often have a hundred pieces going at a time. I still do that, but I don’t produce all of them. And I don’t make drawings. Whenever I have a plan, I end up changing it. Maybe that’s why I have always loved working small.”

Bernar Venet Frames Belgian Motorway in Monumental Corten Steel l’Arc Majeur


January 12, 2020

Exhibiting art as a challenge to technology, renowned sculptor Bernar Venet inaugurates his monumental work entitled ‘l’arc majeur.’ along a highway in Belgium. The installation of l’arc majeur began in <arch of 2019 along the E411 motorway, bordering the Belgian provinces of Namur and Luxembourg. the artist had initially conceived the corten steel project over 35 years ago in 1984 — intending for it to be sited along a highway in France — during a time when art was just emancipating itself from the museum space and asserting its presence in the public space to be enjoyed by one and all.

Why 2020 promises a revolution for women in art

The Financial Times

January 3, 2020

What a year it was for women artists — unprecedented, glorious, diverse. In New York, the Kenyan-American Wangechi Mutu’s towering caryatids currently front the Metropolitan Museum. In Shanghai, the Colombian Doris Salcedo won the inaugural $1m Nomura Art Award, the world’s largest art prize. In London no show compared, for memories of colour punching the eye, with the magentas, spring greens and shooting blues of Lee Krasner’s abstract paintings at the Barbican: a joyous revelation. Dora Maar’s photomontages and Nan Goldin’s photo diary “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” at Tate Modern, Cindy Sherman’s identity puzzles at the National Portrait Gallery, celebrate women as indomitable pioneers in photography. 

Peter Marino-designed Raleigh Gardens host immersive Les Lalanne's sculpture exhibit in Miami


December 23, 2019

Honoring the hotel’s epic past as an icon of culture and style, Les Lalanne at the Raleigh Gardens is a colossal public art exhibition featuring more than 40 sculptures.

The exhibition hosting Les Lalanne’s amusing creations includes anthropomorphized creatures that have been installed throughout the luxuriant gardens. It features famous works like Porte du jardin (1992) framing the entrance to the garden; The Choupatte, très grand (2008), a fantastical anthropomorphized cabbage with bird’s feet; and culminates with the imposing masterpiece, the large scale gorilla – Singe avisé très grand (2010).

Art Review: Edith Halpert and American Modernism

National Review

December 14, 2019

Edith Halpert and the Rise of American Art is now at the Jewish Museum. If there’s a show to see in New York, it’s this one. It’s beautifully done, as are all the Jewish Museum’s shows, with great art and a majestic personality at its center. Halpert (1900–1970) was self-made, tough, kind, focused on the next buck, a charming woman with a canny sense for under-the-radar art. She took trompe l’oeil gun paintings, old weather vanes, American cubism, and Georgia O’Keeffe and made an American whole. As a young woman, at the start of the Depression, she opened the cutting-edge Downtown Gallery, which represented Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, and Jacob Lawrence through thick and thin.

Finally out of the shadows: the biggest exhibition trend in 2019

The Art Newspaper

December 13, 2019

One of the best painting exhibitions of the year was Lee Krasner: Living Colour at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the artist’s first major exhibition in Europe since 1965, which would have surely left many visitors wondering why there had not been one sooner. Krasner is nowhere near as well-known as her husband, Jackson Pollock, the poster child of Abstract Expressionism, and although her show garnered near universal five-star reviews, most critics could not help but pepper their copy with “Pollocks”. Krasner was once told her work was “so good you would not know it was painted by a woman”. Hopefully this travelling exhibition—now at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (until 12 January 2020) and then the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern followed by the Guggenheim Bilbao—will lead to people thinking her work is so good you would never have known she was married to a famous artist.

The Critic's Notebook: On Józef Czapski, Elie Nadelman, A Christmas Carol & more from the world of culture.

The New Criterion

December 3, 2019

Elie Nadelman was one of those moderns who shaped the future by looking to the past. A sculptor who fused the classical and folk traditions, Nadelman dedicated his art to “salvaging the monumental by the miniature,” in the words of his champion Lincoln Kirstein. Now at Kasmin Gallery and curated by Priscilla Vail Caldwell, “Elie Nadelman: Significant Form” gathers together a wide selection of the artist’s figurative work assembled from his estate. “Nadelman’s craft was rooted in continuity he wished to extend,” wrote Kirstein. This show brings that extraordinary craft up to the present day.

Neon Maestro Keith Sonnier Talks Light, Life as New Show Opens in Chelsea: ‘I Sought Out Unusual People’


November 26, 2019

The light-and-glass sculptures on view at Kasmin (through January 11) come from Sonnier’s “Ba-O-Ba” series, which he started early in his career, making pioneering use of neon tubing. They are both new and old: freshly fabricated from drawings that date back more than four decades.

“I had always wanted to do the source of where ‘Ba-O-Ba’ came from,” he said, with vestiges of the twang he acquired growing up in rural Louisiana. 

Sketches Keith Sonnier Made 50 Years Ago Have Been Brought to Life in Neon Sculptures


November 22, 2019

From the placid turquoises of the blue moon to the scorching yellows of the southern sun, colors and their associations with nature still define Sonnier’s sculptures. All are inspired by deeply personal experiences, but retain a particular spot in the history of Post-Minimalist American art, following Pollock’s assertive splashes of paint and Judd’s painfully precise sculptures of reduced forms. On the brink of two such polar movements, Sonnier synthesized Abstract Expressionism’s unpredictable and dramatic conveyance of the artistic hand with Minimalism’ sleek and avant-garde assumption of tomorrow’s materials and forms.

‘Lee Krasner: Living Color’ Review: From Pain to Primacy

The Wall Street Journal

November 9, 2019

‘While the painter’s mark indicates passion,” an artist I know recently said to me, “shape points to pictorial intelligence.” Lee Krasner (1908-1984) possessed an abundance of both. A superbly cool, concise, complete and—most important—compelling exhibition of her work, “Lee Krasner : Living Colour,” is now at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. And it makes the case for Krasner as not only a major Abstract Expressionist, but also an artist whose oeuvre—35 years after her death—argues for the continued vitality of abstract painting in an era of increasingly synthetic and electronic art.

Editors’ Picks: 23 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week


October 8, 2019

French conceptualist artist Bernar Venet, who recently erected Europe’s biggest public sculpture, has brought five of his monumental sculptures. Made from raw bars of steel, each piece is a massive, multi-looped spiral, formed through an incredible show of artistic force.

Art Dealers at Frieze Masters Are Hustling to Make Sales


October 2, 2019

At a time of circumspection, “people are looking for work that’s rare, high quality, and correctly priced,” says Nick Olney of Kasmin.

William N. Copley


October 1, 2019

William N. Copley's "Reclining Nude" graces the cover of this season's Luncheon.

Worldly and welcoming, Luncheon is a style and culture magazine that invites old and new friends of all generations and cultural experiences to share their views, life and work over lunch. From simple jam sandwiches in the park to home-cooked feasts, to hours spent in chic restaurants, the conversation and visual content is inspired by this midday treat created by a top-table of writers, photographers and artists.

Art Market Buyer's Guide: Les Lalanne

The Art Newspaper

October 1, 2019

"The artist couple were celebrated for their works fusing flora and fauna. The Sotheby's sale following the death of Claude could further propel their prices."

Saturday Selects


September 21, 2019

Monica mentioned last week the plethora of good work being shown at EXPO Chicago, which goes through the end of the day tomorrow, and here comes another great piece by living legend neon artist Keith Sonnier for Kasmin.

A future-focused Chicago relies on a new class of collectors

The Art Newspaper

September 27, 2019

New York-based Kasmin, situated at the highly visible booth at the entrance to Expo, brought a wide selection of works from artists spanning their programme available for between $30,000 and $1m. Over the course of the fair, the team sold four works by Robert Indiana, Bosco Sodi, Elliott Puckette, and James Nares (who currently has a retrospective on show an hour away at Milwaukee Art Museum).

This Year's EXPO Art Week Highlights


September 20, 2019

The Peninsula Chicago hotel teamed up with New York gallery Kasmin to host REVERB, an exhibition of the work of James Nares, Iván Navarro and Naama Tsabar. Displayed in the hotel’s public spaces is an exploration of movement, sound and electricity. The neon works, Impenetrable Room by Navarro in particular, draw the viewer deeper in; through the use of mirrors and glass, he creates a rabbit-hole rippling effect that entrances the viewer.

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