Micro-Macro: Andrew Sendor and Ali Banisadr

February 2, 2019 - July 28, 2019

Micro-Macro  is the first exhibition to bring together the work of two acclaimed New-York based painters, Andrew Sendor and Ali Banisadr. This seemingly unexpected pairing - juxtaposing small-scale, photo-realistic paintings by Sendor, with large-scale, predominately abstract paintings by Banisadr -  explores the natural kinship found in the work of these two 'pure painters'. Despite their obvious stylistic difference, common to both is the painterly process, as well as influences, ideas, and themes fundamental to both bodies of work - the constructed narrative; the imagination; the theatrical; and the history of art.



Ali Banisadr

Ali Banisadr (born 1976, Tehran, Iran) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Banisadr received a BFA from School of Visual Arts (2005), and an MFA from New York Academy of Art (2007). His work has been the subject of recent Museum group exhibitions including: "Chaos and Awe: Painting in the 21st century" at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, which traveled to the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA (2018), “Rebel, Jester, Mystic Poet: Contemporary Persians” at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2017), which traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2017). "Love Me/ Love Me Not," Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbors, The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale,Venice, Italy(2013). Banisadr's work has been reviewed in publications including, ART news, Art in America, Flash Art, The New York times, Frieze Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Brooklyn rail, among others. His work are in public collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, The British Museum, London, UK, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France  among others. 



Andrew Sendor

Born in 1977, Andrew Sendor currently lives and works in New York City. Sendor's work is characterized by a meticulous draftsmanship that serves to illuminate his ongoing engagement with the interrelation of photorealism and invented narrative structures. Most recently, a solo exhibition of his work was presented at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (2015-16). His works have been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including the Funen Art Museum, Odense, Denmark; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO; and the ARKEN Museum of Art, Ishøj, Denmark. In 2014, Sendor mounted a solo exhibition in conjunction with his residency at The Wright Museum, Beloit College. His works are in private and public collections worldwide, including The Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU, and The Morgan Library & Museum, New York.

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Caitlín Doherty

Executive Director

Caitlín Doherty has engaged with artists, students, and communities around the world throughout a career that spans Scotland, Ireland, Qatar, and the United States. She joined MOCA Jacksonville as Director in March 2017.

 Prior to taking the helm at MOCA, Doherty served as chief curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Broad MSU - housed in the striking, 46,000 square-foot Zaha Hadid-designed building - serves as both a teaching institution and a cultural hub for the East Lansing region. During her tenure at Broad MSU, Doherty provided leadership and artistic vision, defining the interdisciplinary scope and direction of the institution's exhibitions, collections, education, and public programs, and ensuring that they reflected a commitment to artistic experimentation, excellence, and public access. 

 From 2012 to 2015, she served as exhibitions and speaker curator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, a branch campus of the VCU School of Arts in Richmond, VA. There she organized major exhibitions of international contemporary art and design.

 From 2005 to 2008, Doherty worked as the inaugural director of Lismore Castle Arts, one of Ireland's leading contemporary art galleries. She taught art history, design history, and museum and gallery studies at Ireland's Waterford Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2010 and has regularly guest lectured at other institutions internationally. During her tenure in Ireland, Doherty also directed the interdisciplinary arts and cultural initiative Artswave, a flagship European Union arts and culture project, and acted as visual arts coordinator for Garter Lane Arts Centre.

 Doherty was born on South Uist, a small island in the Outer Hebrides in Northwest Scotland. She holds master's degrees in art history from the University of Edinburgh and in museum and gallery studies from the University of St. Andrews, both in Scotland.