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Tala Madani (Iranian/American, b. 1981), Untitled, 2001, oil on canvas, with Certificate of Authenticity from the artist

Tala Madani (Iranian/American, b. 1981), Untitled, 2001, oil on canvas, with Certificate of Authenticity from the artist

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Unsigned, depicting an elderly, bald man clothed in a white robe against a black ground interrupted by minimally rendered white lines, the man holding his jaw with a clenched hand as three apparently extracted teeth rise upward in a line from his open mouth, in a pale wood frame and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity issued and signed by the artist


Height 41 in. x Width 29 in. (frame)


With some paint spotting to the verso. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report. Not examined out of the frame.


Private collection, Oregon

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 often depicts 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 2001 painting predates the artist's mature style but anticipates themes present in her current work. Standing in a strained position and wearing a tortured expression, the hunched, elderly man is subjected to the will of an external, unknown force that extracts his teeth from his mouth and draws them into the ether. Her loose brushwork animates the subject as he helplessly clutches his jaw. 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, 2001, oil on canvas, with Certificate of Authenticity from the artist

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