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Tala Madani (Iranian/American, b. 1981), Untitled, 1999, oil on canvas board, signed, with Certificate of Authenticity

Tala Madani (Iranian/American, b. 1981), Untitled, 1999, oil on canvas board, signed, with Certificate of Authenticity

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Depicting a cropped view of a male winged figure against a crimson ground, with a Certificate of Authenticity from the artist, unframed


The paper backing at the corners of the canvas board is lifting. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Private Collection, Oregon


Height 16 in.

Width 20 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 graduating, Madani had her first solo exhibition, 'Smoke and Mirrors' at Lombard-Freid Projects in New York, 2007. 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.

This early work, rendered while the artist was an undergraduate at Oregon State University, anticipates the artist's focus on the male form. In later work, Madani revisits the subject of the clown perhaps to accentuate the absurdness of her scenes. In this painting, a naked, winged figure labelled ''CLOWN'' lies facedown. His makeup is smeared and position is vulnerable and humiliating. The clown, whose purpose is to be cheerful, is degraded to this lonely subject. Degradation and humiliation are also themes in Madani's current works. In 2003, Madani received the Oregon State University President's Award for Excellence in Art for her undergraduate work.


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Tala Madani (Iranian/American, b. 1981), Untitled, 1999, oil on canvas board, signed, with Certificate of Authenticity

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