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Tala Madani (Iranian/American, b. 1981), Untitled (Figures on the Street), oil on canvas, signed verso, 2001

Tala Madani (Iranian/American, b. 1981), Untitled (Figures on the Street), oil on canvas, signed verso, 2001

Product Description:

Signed on reverse, depicting a street with a riotous crowd gather beneath a centrally featured red-striped awning, with Certificate of Authenticity from the artist, unframed


Height 42 in.

Width 94 in.


Appears fair with staining and spotting to the verso. The certificate of authenticity lists the work as being in damaged condition. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.


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 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, comments on the anonymity of the faceless population of a city. The masses are nondescript and emotionless. Similar statements were made by Surrealist artists, who blurred dreams with reality, like Rene Magritte. In Golconda, Magritte painted a scene of similarly dressed men falling from the urban sky. In large groups, individuality and identity is lost. Madani's painting is done in washed-out colors with quick, simple outlines characterizing the almost generic figures. This style is expanded in her later works and creates the sense that each figure is empty and anonymous. 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 (Figures on the Street), oil on canvas, signed verso, 2001

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