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Tala Madani (American/Iranian, b. 1981), Untitled, oil on canvas, 2010, with a Certificate of Authenticity

Tala Madani (American/Iranian, b. 1981), Untitled, oil on canvas, 2010, with a Certificate of Authenticity

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An abstract figural composition of black and yellow on white ground, unfinished, with Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist


Appears good overall, with a small impression in the canvas due to pressure. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report.


Private Collection, Oregon


Height 90 in.

Width 75 in.

About The Artist:

Tala Madani was born in Tehran, Iran in 1981 and lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon in 2004 and received her MFA from Yale University in 2006. Shortly after in 2007 Madani had her first solo exhibition, "Smoke and Mirrors" at Lombard-Freid Projects in New York. She has received several international awards and honors such as the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting in 2013, the De Volkskrant Art Award in 2012, the Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting Fellowship in 2008, and the Kees Verwey Fellowship in 2007.

Madani's work is often paintings of middle aged Middle Eastern men undergoing bizarre humiliation or starring in absurd scenes of cartoon violence and abomination. Her subjects defecate on each other and are usually tormented by strange and degrading rituals. These paintings dance between dark humor and shocking perversion and defy a single interpretation. Madani uses her subjects to comment on the male ego, masculinity, sexual curiosity, and stereotypes. Her loose brushwork and simplification of her subjects amplify their clumsiness. The quickness of her strokes creates the feeling of voyeurism, or the sense of secretly watching a private scene, and it is almost impossible not to indulge.


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