Tala Madani's paintings, deadpan and brushy scenes of fictive ritual usually centered around groups of men, create a grotesquerie populated by dichotomies. Figures simultaneously innocent and nefarious, furtive and self-aware, or comical and violent float through a hazy pastel palette that seems to shine light through the vulgar comforts of bonding.  Obliquely referencing Madani's Iranian-American nationality, her work skirts formal and political lines to expose the slithery nature of creating an image. Her work has been shown in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MAMCO Geneva, Musee d'art Contemporain de Lyon, The Hammer Museum, The New Museum, and PS1, and is held in numerous public and private collections. Born in Tehran in 1981, Madani lives and works in Los Angeles. 


 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2017     Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 

             La Panacée – Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Montpellier, France organized by Nicolas Bourriaud

             Los Angeles - A Fiction, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail, and Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, Musée d'art  

                   Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France 

2016     First Light, co-organized by Kelly Shindler and Henriette Huldisch, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO 

             First Light, curated by Henriette Huldisch, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

2015     Get Rid of Yourself: America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
    
2014     Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

             The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan
    
2013     Rip Image, Moderna Museet, Malmö; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

             Tala Madani: Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT
    
2011     The Jinn, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands

             Speech Matters, Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
    
2010     Greater New York, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield, and Connie Butler, MoMA P.S. 1, New York, NY

             Touched, The 6th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England
    
2009     The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, The New Museum, New York, NY

             Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, England

2008     ASS•AS•SIN: hashish anyone?, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY

 

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

Bard Collection, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Hall Art Foundation, New York, NY

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

LUMA Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland

Moderna Museet Collection, Stockholm/Malmo, Sweden

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tate Modern, London, England

Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY