Tala Madani

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Tala Madani (born 1981 in Tehran) is an artist based in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a painter whose recurrent motifs include men, often made vulnerable, which gives the effect of reversing the conventionally objectified female body in painting.[1] Her painting style is loose, incorporating gestural brushstrokes into figurative narrative scenes that often have a bizarre, fetishistic quality to them.[2] The men in her paintings often appear to be ridiculed, clownish, dominated by perfumated space, Brechtian. The loose brushstrokes and flat pictorial space give an almost cartoon quality to her paintings.[3]

She is represented by the gallery Pilar Corrias, London.


In 2004, Madani graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon with a bachelor's degree in political science and visual arts. In 2006, she graduated from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut with an MFA in painting.[citation needed]


De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs (De Volkskrant Art Award)
Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting, The Netherlands
Kees Verwey Fellowship
Schickle-Collingwood Prize, Yale University
Oregon State University President’s Award for Excellence in Art

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

Tala Madani: Rip Image, Moderna Museet Malmo, Sweden
Tala Madani: The Jinn, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Manual Man, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK
Pictograms, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA
Dazzle Men, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
ASS•AS•SIN: hashish anyone?, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA
Smoke and Mirrors, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

UNREST: Revolt against Reason curated by Natalie Musteata, apexart, New York, USA
De Volkskrant Prijs (De Volkskrant Art Award), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
He disappeared into complete silence; rereading a single artwork by Louise Bourgeois, Museum De Hallen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Speech Matters, Danish Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Greater New York 2010, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield and Connie Butler, P.S. 1 MoMA, New York, USA
The Future of Tradition – The Tradition of Future 100 Years After the Exhibition ‘Masterpieces of Muhammadan Art’ in Munich, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame, 4th Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennial, Tirana, Albania
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, The New Museum, New York, USA
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Out-of-Line, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, USA
La Maison Jaune: Works on Paper, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Size Matters: XS – Recent Small Scale Painting, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, USA
Size Matters: XXL-Recent Large-Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, USA
Size Matters: XS-Recent Small Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, USA
Graduate Show, Green Gallery, Yale University, USA
Senior Exhibition, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Oregon, USA
Group Show, Studio 580, Bend, USA


  1. ^ Al-Hadid, Diana http://bombsite.com/issues/109/articles/3336 ‘Tala Madani’ “BOMB Magazine” Fall 2009, retrieved July 21, 2011
  2. ^ Andrew Maerkle, Art Asia Pacific, from Lombard-Freid.com
  3. ^ Al-Hadid, D. http://bombsite.com/issues/109/articles/3336 ‘Tala Madani’ “BOMB Magazine” Fall 2009

External links[edit]

Oregon State University alumni