Pilar Corrias

Tala Madani

Tala Madani

Tala Madani

Babeless
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen 140 x 112 cm 55 x 44 x 1 1/4 inches
Inauguration
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen 40.6 x 35.6 cm 16 x 14 in
Three Guests
Tala Madani
2017
Oil on linen 139.7 x 111.8 cm 55 x 44 in
Installation view of the Whitney Biennial 2017 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York)
Tala Madani
March 17, 2017 – June 11, 2017
From left to right: Tala Madani, Sex Ed by God, 2017; Tala Madani, Shitty Disco, 2016; Tala Madani, Black Sun, 2017; Tala Madani, Babeless, 2017
Installation view: Tala Madani at La Panacée
Tala Madani
28 January 2017 - 23 April 2017
Image courtesy of La Panacee
Installation view: Tala Madani at La Panacée
Tala Madani
28 January 2017 - 23 April 2017
Image courtesy of La Panacée
Installation view: Tala Madani at La Panacée
Tala Madani
28 January 2017 - 23 April 2017
Image courtesy of La Panacée
Shitty Disco II
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 249 x 229 cm
Rear projection (Village)
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 203 x 203 cm
Shitty Disco
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 140 x 112 cm
The gardener
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 96.5 x 76 cm
Front projetion (Horned)
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 46 x 61 cm
Sun god
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 43.2 x 51 cm
Dripping flowers
Tala Madani
2016
Oil on linen 35.5 x 41 cm
Installation view: Tala Madani, First Light
Tala Madani
May 20, 2016 - July 17, 2016
MIT List Visual Arts Center Photo: John Kennard
Installation view: Tala Madani, First Light
Tala Madani
May 20, 2016 - July 17, 2016
MIT List Visual Arts Center Photo: John Kennard
Installation view: Tala Madani, First Light
Tala Madani
May 20, 2016 - July 17, 2016
MIT List Visual Arts Center Photo: John Kennard
The Cowboy
Tala Madani
2015
Oil on canvas 40.6 x 35.6 cm
Dust cover
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on canvas 88.9 x 96.5 cm
Salesman
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on canvas 40.6 x 45.7 cm
Stained Glass
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 41 x 30.5 cm
Supplicant
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 36.7 x 30.5 cm
Grey shadows
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 40.64 x 56 cm
Squeeze
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 193 x 304.8 x 3.2 cm
Christmas Lights
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 76.2 x 61cm
Lego
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 96.5 x 63.5 cm
The Lesson
Tala Madani
2014
Oil on linen 96.5 x 62.2 cm
Installation view: Tala Madani at Nottingham Contemporary
Tala Madani
25 Jan 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary
Installation view: Tala Madani at Nottingham Contemporary
Tala Madani
25 Jan 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary
Installation view: Tala Madani at Nottingham Contemporary
Tala Madani
25 Jan 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary
Installation view: Tala Madani at Nottingham Contemporary
Tala Madani
25 Jan 2014 - 23 Mar 2014
Image courtesy of Nottingham Contemporary
Ink splatter
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 195.6 x 266.1 cm
Untitled (The Grid)
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 61 x 45.7 cm
Yellowed Pants
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 41 x 35.5 cm
Mirror Stage
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 198 x 203 cm
Fundament
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 35.6 x 27.9 cm
Rear Projection: Soft
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 46 x 51 cm
Rear Projection: Form
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 46 x 51 cm
Rear Projection: Grand
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 76 x 61 cm
Tree Decoration
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 76 x 76 cm
Abstract Pussy
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 248.9 x 203.2 cm
Popular Toys
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 97.2 x 62.2 cm
Tail Ends
Tala Madani
2013
Acrylic, pencil & oil on linen 218.4 x 193 cm
Set Dressing
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 97.2 x 76.2 cm
Ding Boom
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 203.2 x 203.2 cm
Stick Up
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 35.6 x 27.9 cm
Light Balance
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on linen 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Eye Exam
Tala Madani
2013
Oil on Canvas 91.4 x 68.6 cm
Red Interrogation
Tala Madani
2012
Oil on linen 40.6 x 51.4 cm
Morris Men
Tala Madani
2012
Oil on Linen 172.7 x 167.6 cm

Born in Tehran in 1981, Tala Madani is one of the most engaging painters of her generation. Madani’s work is characterised by loose expressive brushwork rendered in a bold, distinctive palette. Rich in narrative and heavy in irony Madani’s paintings depict darkly comic mise-en-scénes. Whilst her more abstract large-scale works usually contain a mass, group or collective, Madani’s more descriptive and intimately scaled paintings, and painterly video animations, depict uncomfortable scenes in which bald, middle-aged men engage in absurd scenarios that fuse playfulness with violence and perversity.

Whilst the figures imagined are stereotypical and loaded with associations, the activities in which they are engaged are strange and absurd. Through her distinctive painting technique, Madani imbues recurring symbols and imagery with a complexity that cannot be reduced to any single reading. Products of curiosity, fantasy, and desire, Madani’s paintings provoke a cacophony of interpretation that exceeds mere commentary. As such they exist as ‘vignettes for experimentation’, as powerful meditations on the tension between the stereotypical and the iconic.

After receiving her MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2006, Madani made her solo debut in 2007. Recent solo exhibitions include: Tala Madani, La Panacée, Montpellier (2017); Shitty Disco, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2016); First Light, organised in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (curated by Henriette Huldisch, Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and Kelly Shindler, Associate Curator, CAM St. Louis), MIT Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2016); Smiley has no nose, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2015); Tala Madani, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville (2014); Tala Madani: Abstract Pussy, Pilar Corrias, London (2014); Tala Madani, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham
(2014); Rip Image, Moderna Museet Malmö & Stockholm (2013); The Jinn, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2011); Manual Man, Pilar Corrias, London (2011). Current and recent group exhibitions include: (X) A Fantasy, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2017); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros (Curated by Eric Fischl), Hall Art Foundation, New York (2017); Made Masculine, Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire (2017); First Person Plural (Curated by Matteo Lucchetti), Utretch (2017); National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Melbourne (2017); Please Fasten Your Seatbelt as We Are Experincing Some Turbulence, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai (2017); Los Angeles – A Fiction, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon (2017); Zeitgeist, MAMCO, Geneva (2017); In Between, Mana Contemporary, New Jersey (2017); On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver, De Paul Art Museum, Chicago (2016); Mixtape 2016, Pilar Corrias, London (2016); The Distance of a Day, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2016); Invisible Adversaries, The Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (2016); Inside Out, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich (2016); Alfred Jarry Archipelago: La Valse des Pantins – Acte II, La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel (2015); The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial (curated by Nicholas Bourriaud), Taipei (2014); Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Where are we Now?, 5th Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech (2014); PLAY! Recapturing the Radical Imaginiation, Göteborg Biennial, Göteborg (2013); The Future Generation Art Prize@Venice 2013, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice (2013); New works 13.1, Artpace, San Antonio (2013); No Borders, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol (2013); He disappeared into complete silence; rereading a single artwork by Louise Bourgeois, Museum De Hallen, Amsterdam (2011); Speech Matters, Danish Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venice (2011); The Great New
York, P.S. 1 MoMA, New York (2010); 4th Tirana International Contempoary Art Biennial, Tirana (2009); Greater New Younger than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009).

Madani was awarded the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting (2013), the De Volkskrant Art Award (2012), shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre (2012), the Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting Fellowship (2008), and the Kees Verwey Fellowship (2007). She was artist in residence at the British School of Rome (2010), and The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2007).

Tala Madani lives and works in Los Angeles.

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