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“Looking back to my old drawings when I was a kid, seeing that they kind-of look like hallucinations and dreams, the question was, Why do I see these things? Why does it create these places, these moods, the world upside down all the time?” —Ali Banisadr

Iranian-born, Brooklyn-based painter Ali Banisadr recently opened his first solo exhibition in Germany, The World Upside Down at Blain|Southern Berlin, through November 17, 2018. With three museum exhibitions and the publication of a new monograph coming up in 2019, Banisadr continues to prove himself a formidable painter to follow. In this video, the artist discusses how as a child he used drawing to process the tumultuous world around him, the importance of his studio time, and how sound has become a touchstone in his more recent practice.

Video by Frieze Studios

Museums

2:15

MUSEUMS: The Costume Institute Gets Campy

4:16

MUSEUMS: The Revolutionary Portraiture of Moroni

4:13

MUSEUMS: Wait, Is That a Garden Hose?

22:12

LONGFORM: Isa Genzken Is It

4:58

MUSEUMS: The National Gallery Faces the Gender Gap

Galleries

46:23

LONGFORM: Are Art Fairs Unfair?

7:30

GALLERIES: Brian Maguire Paints in Solidarity

5:34

VAULT: Mary Boone Talks Finance (1986)

3:31

GALLERIES: Förg & Lethbridge Channel Dylan

5:34

GALLERIES: Schachter & Mesler Take Their Show on the Road

Studios

2:37

STUDIOS: Taeyoon Choi Builds a Personal Internet

4:34

STUDIOS: Richard Billingham On Stopped Time

3:12

STUDIOS: Alec Soth Navigates the World

3:38

VAULT: Vintage Elizabeth Murray

3:16

STUDIOS: Cecilia Vicuña and an Ancient Language of Textiles

Community

3:21

COMMUNITY: Huma Bhabha Builds Monuments

28:09

LONGFORM: Bill Viola Discovers What’s Under the Surface

2:12

COMMUNITY: Matthew Porter is a Romantic

8:47

VAULT: Agnès Varda on ‘The Beaches of Agnès’ (2010)

13:22

LONGFORM: Simone Leigh on the Legacy of Black Nurses

Market

3:04

MARKET: Jeremy Couillard Collaborates with Code

3:47

MARKET: Frank Stella Has the Touch

3:14

MARKET: Najla El Zein In Transition

4:01

MARKET: Art Basel Hong Kong and the Asia Art Archive

1:00

MARKET: TEFAF Maastricht Entrance Behind-the-Scenes