A native of Tehran, the artist Ali Banisadr immigrated to New York as a child, a refugee of the war between Iran and Iraq. It was his experience as a victim that in large part informs his work, which evokes “displacement, memory, nostalgia and violence,” in the estimation of one gallerist. Mr. Banisadr’s experience was no doubt life-altering, but we would say that more or less any serious artist—working in more or less any medium—tends to check those thematic boxes at one time or another. Take the Notorious B.I.G., for example, who can cross off all four in a single song! (To wit: “Things Done Changed,” the opening track off Biggie’s 1994 debut album Ready To Die.)
And now, Mr. Banisadr shares the legendary rapper’s old neighborhood—in addition to his artistic concerns. He’s just purchased a penthouse apartment at 105 Lexington Avenue in Bedford Stuyvesant for $1.25 million, according to city records.
If you thought 2008 was a bad year for movies, allow us to introduce you to 2009. Despite box office numbers through the roof, the overall quality of the films this year has been—how can we put this?—totally crappy. Suffice it to say, by the time December rolls around, you probably won’t find Duplicity and Read More
During Sunday night’s Golden Globe telecast, one of the (many) things that mystified us was the sight of Beyoncé and Jay-Z at a table with The Reader director Stephen Daldry and Cameron Diaz. Just who on earth does the seating charts for these events? We need to know. Anyway, everyone gave gracious speeches and was Read More
Biggie is coming to the big screen, according to Reuters. Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn-based rapper, will play the late rap icon Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G., in the upcoming biopic Notorious. He passed the open casting call last fall. Like Biggie, Mr. Woolard was a drug dealer before he became a Read More