Tala Madani

Iranian-American, b. 1981

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Tala Madani

Iranian-American, b. 1981

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Tala Madani is known for creating paintings that look incisively and often irreverently at Middle-Eastern culture and gender issues. Madani typically represents male subjects in a child-like and simplified style, addressing themes including terrorism, tattoos, body hair removal, and prayer. In piss rainbow (2008), for example, a pyramid of men kneel in prayer, circular piss stains visible on each of their bottoms. Her paintings are often gestural and expressionistic, perhaps ironically echoing the painterly bravado attributed to male abstract artists of the mid 20th century.

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Group show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 5 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 8 more
Biography

Tala Madani is known for creating paintings that look incisively and often irreverently at Middle-Eastern culture and gender issues. Madani typically represents male subjects in a child-like and simplified style, addressing themes including terrorism, tattoos, body hair removal, and prayer. In piss rainbow (2008), for example, a pyramid of men kneel in prayer, circular piss stains visible on each of their bottoms. Her paintings are often gestural and expressionistic, perhaps ironically echoing the painterly bravado attributed to male abstract artists of the mid 20th century.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art, and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 8 more
Articles Featuring Tala Madani
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Sep 17th, 2019
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Mar 14th, 2017
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Feb 7th, 2017
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