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Iranian Artist Now Part of MOCA's Permanent Collection

Source: Farhang Foundation

Ali Banisadr's It's In the Air to be displayed at MOCA from February 10th to March 11th as part of the museum's permanent collection; works by other Iranian artists, including Shiva Ahmadi and Shoja Azari, also join the collection

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 5, 2013 - Farhang Foundation announced today that one of the works of celebrated Iranian artist, Ali Banisadr, will officially go on display from February 10 - March 11, 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) as part of the museum's permanent collection exhibition entitled A Selection of Recent Acquisitions.

It's in the Air, 2012 by Ali Banisadr.
Oil on linen 208.3 x 304.8 cm (82 x 120 in)

Ali Banisadr's It's in the Air (2012) was gifted to MOCA by Thaddaeus Ropac. The Day of the Last Judgment (2009) by Shoja Azari will also be displayed during the month-long exhibition. Safe Haven(2011) by Shiva Ahmadi will be exhibited in an upcoming recent acquisitions exhibition that opens in March. Both works were gifted to the museum by Leila Heller and are now a part of the museum's permanent collection as well.

"While we know that the expression of art is truly unique to each artist, we also know that art is a universal language that connects us all," said Ali C. Razi, chairman of Farhang Foundation. "We are proud to see the works of artists such as Ali Banisadr, Shiva Ahmadi, and Shoja Azari now permanently housed at the prestigious MOCA, so visitors from all cultures and origins will have the opportunity to connect with the creations of Iranian artists for generations to come."

Farhang Foundation encourages both the Iranian-American community and the community at large to visit MOCA to support the museum's efforts to enrich Los Angeles with its renowned art collection, which now includes more than 6,700 works, including several by Iranian artists. For information on exhibitions, call 213.626.6222 or visit

About Ali Banisadr

Born in Tehran in 1976, Ali Banisadr's formative childhood years were during the Iran-Iraq war, forcing him and his family to relocate to the United States where he remains as an active artist based in New York. Banisadr earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, where he was awarded the post graduate fellowship followed by winning an award in painting from New York Foundation for the Arts. Banisadr's experiences including the traumatic violence he witnessed as a child and the tumult of fleeing his war-stricken home at a young age colour his oeuvre, apparent in his choice of subject matter as well as painterly style and compositions. Banisadr's panoramic works are rooted in his personal recollections, as well as a collective memory and thorough understanding of history and art movements. His direct experiences converge with myth, world history, and invented narratives, creating canvases that are expressively layered in meaning as well as paint. The size, intricacy, and number of small figures and objects in his works recall the great tradition of Persian miniatures found in illuminated manuscripts. By recalling his Iranian heritage through this visual quotation, the artist is aligning himself within the lineage of a rich artistic history while also embracing abstraction and elements from pop culture and media in his works. For Banisadr, painting is his means of visually understanding the world, and is a medium through which emotions, ideas, and sensations successfully come together. Banisadr's works are housed in prestigious public collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Saatchi Gallery and the British Museum in London, among

About The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

Founded in 1979, MOCA's mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history-with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 10,000 members; a world-class permanent collection of more than 6,500 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time. MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues. MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are open 11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. General admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for MOCA members, children under 12, and everyone on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo. MOCA Pacific Design Center is open 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Friday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free. For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213/626-6222 or access MOCA online at MOCA membership provides insider access to the world of contemporary art and the artists, collectors, and curators who make Los Angeles one of the most innovative and active art centers worldwide.

About Farhang Foundation

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit

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