David Kordansky Gallery

  • Front Projection (Cowed), 2016, oil on linen, 17 x 20 x 1 inches (43.2 x 50.8 x 2.5 cm)
  • Blue Room, 2016, oil on linen, 20 x 17 x 1 inches (50.8 x 43.2 x 2.5 cm)
  • Chandelier, 2016, oil on linen, 51 x 43 inches (129.5 x 109.2 cm)
  • Untitled, 2015, oil on linen, 25 x 35 1/8 x 1 3/8 inches (63.5 x 89.2 x 3.5 cm)
  • Untitled, 2015, oil on linen, 18 x 24 x 1 1/4 inches (45.7 x 61 x 3.2 cm)
  • Tala Madani, 2014, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England, Installation view
  • Christmas Lights, 2014, oil on linen, 30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61 cm)
  • Tala Madani: Rip Image, 2013, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, Installation view
  • Morris Men with Piss Stain, 2013, oil on linen, 76 x 86 inches (193 x 218.5 cm)
  • Abstract Pussy, 2013, oil on linen, 98 1/2 x 80 inches (250 x 203 cm)
  • Underman, 2012, single channel color, stop motion animation, 23 minutes
  • Spiral Suicide, 2012, oil on linen, 80 x 119 11/16 inches (203 x 304 cm)
  • Grand Entrance, 2012, oil on linen, 15 x 12 inches (38 x 30.5 cm)
  • Neon Toes, 2012, oil and spray paint on linen, 66 1/8 x 64 3/16 inches (168 x 163 cm)
  • A b c ..., 2009, oil and spray paint on canvas, 74 6/8 x 94 7/8 inches (190 x 241 cm)
  • Rip Image, 2006, oil on canvas, 10 x 8 inches (25.5 x 20.5 cm)

Biography

born 1981 in Tehran, Iran
lives and works in Los Angeles


EDUCATION

2004-2006
MFA Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT

1999-2004
BFA Visual Arts, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
BA Political Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
(* indicates a publication)

2017
*Tala Madani, organized by Nicolas Bourriaud, La Panacée – Centre de Culture Contemporaine, Montpellier, France

2016
Shitty Disco, Pilar Corrias, London, England
*First Light, co-organized by Kelly Shindler and Henriette Huldisch, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

2015
Smiley has no nose, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014
Tala Madani, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
Tala Madani: Abstract Pussy, Pilar Corrias, London, England
Tala Madani, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England

2013
*Tala Madani: 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
Tala Madani: The Jinn, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Manual Man, Pilar Corrias, London, England

2010
Pictograms, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY

2009
Dazzle Men, Pilar Corrias, London, England

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

2007
Smoke and Mirrors, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY

2006
Cake Men, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
(* indicates a publication)

2017
Adult Swim, curated by Gerasimos Floratos, Pilar Corrias, London, England
I Plan to Stay a Believer, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
HOPE AND HAZARD: A COMEDY OF EROS, curated by Eric Fischl, Hall Art Foundation, Reading, VT
*Made Masculine, organized by Lisa Crossman, Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
First Person Plural, curated by Matteo Lucchetti, BAK, Utrecht, Netherlands
National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Melbourne, Australia
Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
*Whitney Biennial 2017, curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Zeitgeist, organized by Paul Bernard, Lionel Bovier, and Fabrice Stroun, Musée d’art moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
*Los Angeles – A Fiction, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Thierry Raspail, and Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth, with advisory from Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ali Subotnick and Alex Israel, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
In Between: Contemporary Iranian Art (Part 1), curated by Shahram Karimi, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey

2016
Human Condition, curated by John Wolf, Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
We Dance, We Smoke, We Kiss, curated by Myriam Ben Salah, Fahrenheit, Los Angeles, CA
On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver, organized by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL
The Distance of a Day, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
A Modest Proposal, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY
Omul Negru, curated by Aaron Moulton, Nicodim Gallery at Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest, Romania
Malerei als Film, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany
Colliding Alien Cargo, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Inside Out, curated by Alexandra Economou, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Mixtape 2016, Pilar Corrias, London, England

2015
Black & White Mike, curated by Benjamin Weissman, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Eagle Rock, CA
Alfred Jarry Archipelago: La Valse Des Pantins – Acte II, curated by Keren Detton and Julie Pellegrin, La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France
Get Rid of Yourself: America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2014
The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial, curated by Nicholas Bourriaud, Taipei, Taiwan
*Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Everything falls faster than an anvil, Pace, London, England
Dramedy, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, TX
Where are we Now?, 5th Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco
In the Near Future, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland

2013
Made in Space, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, NY
PLAY! Recapturing the Radical Imaginiation, Göteborg Biennial, Göteborg, Sweden
Future Generation Prize, Pinchuck Art Prize, Venice, Italy
New works 13.1: Tala Madani, Adam Putnam, and J. Parker Valentine, curated by Suzanne Cotter, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
NO BORDERS: Contemporary art in a globalised world, curated by Jeremy Lewison, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, England

2012
21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2012 , Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
UNREST: Revolt against Reason, curated by Natalie Musteata, Apexart, New York, NY
De Volkskrant Prijs (De Volkskrant Art Award), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2011
He disappeared into complete silence, Museum De Hallen, Haarlem, Netherlands
Speech Matters, Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Open House, Singapore Biennale, Singapore
Between my Head and my Hand, There is Always the Face of Death, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2010
Framed, Drawings in Motion, The Drawing Center, Smartspaces, New York, NY
Greater New York, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield, and Connie Butler, MoMA P.S. 1, New York, NY
The Future of Tradition, The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Touched, The 6th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England

2009
The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame, 4th Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennial, Tirana, Albania
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, The New Museum, New York, NY
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Out-of-Line, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY
The Girl Effect, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY

2008
Works on Paper, La Maison Jaune, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Czech Republic
Size Matters: XXL-Recent Large-Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

2007
Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2005
Graduate Show, Green Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2003
Senior Exhibition, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Studio 580, Bend, OR


SELECTED PROJECTS

2012
Video Commission, Creative Time/MoMAPS1/ MTV, New York, NY

2009
Tirana Facades Project, Collaboration with Tirana Town Hall and T.I.C.A.B. Facade design of communist living blocks, Tirana, Albania


BIBLIOGRAPHY
(* indicates non-periodical book, catalog, or other publication)

2017
*Tala Madani, with texts by Nicolas Bourriaud and Kelly Shindler, Montpellier: La Panacée, 2017
*Whitney Biennial 2017, with texts by Scott Rothkopf, Mia Locks, Christopher Y. Lew, Gean Moreno, Negar Azimi and Aily Nash, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2017
Whitewaller, New York 2017 issue, 2017, cover
Thatcher, Jennifer, “Around London,” ArtNews, Reviews, Spring 2017, pp. 118-121
“Object Lesson” The Art Newspaper, Number 291, June 2017, p. 62
Haslett, Tobi, “Topical Malady,” Artforum, May 2017, pp. 303-305
Helphenstein, Hilde, “5 Artists To Know From Frieze New York,” TopShop.com, Blog, May 10, 2017
Neuendorf, Henri, “What Sold at Frieze New York? Blue-Chip and Bargain Works,” ArtNet.com, May 8, 2017
Sussman, Anna Louie, “What Sold at Frieze New York,” Artsy.net, May 6, 2017
Farley, Michael and Johnson, Paddy, “We Went to Frieze, Part Two: Pussy Hat Show Flops, Anti-War Hard On Holds Up,” ArtFCity.com, May 5, 2017
Chenivesse, Victoria Ambrosini, “The Impulse Art / Tala Madani’s Men: The Female Gaze,” Artpress, Issue 443, April 2017, pp. 44-48
Azimi, Negar, “The Charming, Disgusting Paintings of Tala Madani,” NewYorker.com, Culture Desk, April 28, 2017
Vasquez, Mario, “The 2017 Whitney Biennial,” ArtAndCakeLA.com, April 3, 2017
Chaillou, Timothée, “Tala Madani, La Panacée / Montpellier,” Flash Art, Reviews, March/April 2017, pp. 90-91
Wagley, Catherine, “Activists round on artists in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights,” Apollo-Magazine.com, March 30, 2017
Viveros-Fauné, Christian, “Politics and Painting: The 2017 Whitney Biennial,” ArtAgencyPartners.com, What I See, March 14, 2017
Saltz, Jerry, “The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is the Most Politically Charged in Decades,” vulture.com, March 14, 2017
Fox, Dan, “Whitney Biennial 2017,” frieze.com, Review, March 14, 2017
Scott, Andrea K., “Spring Preview,” The New Yorker, Art, March 13, 2017, p. 19
Greenberger, Alex, “Desires Unrestrained: Tala Madani Takes Irrepressibility to the Whitney Biennial,” ArtNews.com, March 13, 2017
Finkel, Jori, “Tala Madani: The Descent of Man,” The Art Newspaper, February 2017, p. 9
Cafolla, Anna, “MoMA rehangs art from Muslim countries to protest Trump ban,” DazedDigital.com, February 6, 2017
Farago, Jason, “MoMA Takes a Political Stand,” The New York Times, February 4, 2017, pp. C1-C2
Nagree, Zeenat, “Men for All Seasons,” ART India, January 2017, pp. 76-77
Kinsella, Eileen, “Who to Network With During Art LA Contemporary,” Artnet.com, Art World, January 24, 2017

2016
*Los Angeles: A Fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, 2016, pp.248-250
*First Light: Tala Madani, texts by Kelley Shindler, Henriette Huldisch, and Tala Madani with A.L. Steiner, St. Louis, Cambridge, and New York: Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MIT List Visual Arts Center, and DelMonico Books/Prestel, 2016
“Tala Madani,” Art in the 21st Century (ART21), 2016 (video)
Malbert, Marylène, “Je dirais donc désorientalisme,” Diptyk, n°36, December 2016/January 2017, pp. 74-79
Straaten, Laura van, “Men Are Babies,” Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Art, Issue 24, Autumn 2016, pp. 36-39
Salah, Myriam Ben, “Bidoun,” Kaleidoscope, Issue 28, Fall 2016, pp. 76-83
Aghdashloo, Tara, “Nine contemporary Iranian artists you should know,” ArtRabbit.com, Feature, October 16, 2016
Parsons, Elly, “Night vision: Tracey Emin and Joseph Kosuth light up Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery,” Wallpaper.com, September 2, 2016
Thornton, Sarah, “A Matter of Perspective,” Cultured, Summer 2016, pp.202-203
van Straaten, Laura, “Why You Should Care About Artist Tala Madani,” artnet.com, July 20, 2016
Dayal, Mira, “Paintings that Ridicule and Lampoon All-Poweful Men,” Hyperallergic.com, July 17, 2016
Masters, H.G., “First Light: Tala Madani,” ArtAsiaPacific.com, July 2016
“‘A Modest Proposal’ at Hauser & Wirth New York,” NYArtsMagazine.com, June 21, 2016
Kroeber, Gavin, “Tala Madani, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis,” Art in America, Exhibition Reviews, May 2016, pp. 159-160
Smee, Sebastian, “Tala Madani’s paintings provoke at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center,” BostonGlobe.com, May 26, 2016
Griffin, Jonathan, “Spray,” Art Los Angeles Reader, January 2016, pp. 5-6
Berardini, Andrew, “Tala Madani: First Light,” Artforum, Previews, Vol. 54, No. 5, January 2016

2015
Tattersall, Lanka, “Best of Los Angeles, 2015,” ArtInAmericaMagazine.com, December 21, 2015
Kenyon, Gavin, “Tala Madani: David Kordansky Gallery,” Artforum, Best of 2015: Artists’ Artists, December 2015, p. 112
Beradini, Andrew,“Views: Los Angeles,” #45, Spike Magazine, Autumn 2015, p. 194
“Tala Madani at David Kordansky,” ContemporaryArtDaily.com, August 25, 2015
Wagley, Catherine, “5 Free Art Shows You Should See in L.A. This Week,” LAWeekly.com, July 29, 2015
Bode, Katie, “Tala Madani at David Kordansky Gallery,” contemporaryartreview.la, Snap Reviews, July 22, 2015

2014
*Tala Madani: Rear Projection, texts by Noura Wedell, Kathy Noble, Negar Azimi, and Chris Wiley, Nottingham: Nottingham Contemporary, 2014
Knight, Christopher, “Made in L.A.,” Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2014

2013
*Tala Madani: Rip Image, texts by Nam Le, Joa Ljungberg, Andreas Nilson, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Tala Madani, London: Moderna Museet and Koenig Books, 2013
Exposito, Frank, “Tala Madani, Moderna Museet, Stockholm,” Artforum.com, October 14, 2013
Das, Jareh, “Laugh Out Loud: Group Dynamics and the Catharsis of Tala Madani,” Harper’s BAZAAR Art, September-October 2013, pp. 88-92
Moshayedi, Aram, “Men Without Women: The paintings, drawings and animations of Tala Madani,” frieze, Number 152, January-February 2013, cover, pp. 108-113

2012
Wiley, Chris, “Tala Madani,” Kaleidoscope, Issue 17, Winter 2012-2013, pp. 26-31
Masters, H.G., “Stop(ped) Making Sense,” Art Asia Pacific, Issue 81, November-December 2012, cover, pp. 89-95, 98-99

2011
*He Disappeared Into Complete Silence: rereading a single work by Louise Bourgeois, ed. Laura Cluitmans and Arnisa Zeqo, Netherlands: Onomatopee and De Hallen Haarlem, 2011
*Speech Matters, ed. Katerina Gregos, published to accompany the Danish Pavilion 54th Venice Biennale, Milan: Mousse Publishing, 2011
Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, New York: Phaidon, 2011
Milliard, Coline, “Tala Madani, Pilar Corrias,” Modern Painters, September 2011

2010
McGarry, Kevin, “Greater New Yorkers I Tala Madani,” T Magazine, June 2, 2010

2009
*Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory, ed. Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman, New York: New Museum and Phaidon Press, 2009
*Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, ed. Hossein Amirsadeghi, London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 2009
*Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London: Booth-Clibborn, 2009
Al-Hadid, Diana, “Tala Madani,” BOMB, Number 109, Fall 2009, pp. 50-51
Kopsa, Maxine, “Dazzled Man: The Paintings of Tala Madani,” Metropolis M, April 2009
McLean-Ferris, Laura, “Tala Madani, Dazzle Men,” ArtReview, April 2009
Cumming, Lauren, “The veil is lifted on hidden talent,” The Observer, February 1, 2009
Holmgren, Katherine, “Tala Madani, Pilar Corrias, London,” frieze, January 30, 2009
Searle, Adrian, “Shiny, Hollow People,” The Gaurdian, January 29, 2009
Dorment, Richard, “Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East at the Saatchi Gallery,” The Telegraph, January 27, 2009

2008
Watson, Simon, “Tala Madani: The Iranian Three Stooges,” Whitewall, Summer 2008, p. 62
“Lombard-Fried Projects,” The New York Sun, May 14, 2008, p. 10
Falconer, Morgan, “Tala Madani,” Art World, Issue 3, February-March 2008, p. 68
Perjovschi, Dan, “Artist’s Favorites by Dan Perjovschi,” Spike, Winter 2008, p. 20

2007
*Imagining Emotion, Art as a Binding Element in Contemporary Society, Amsterdam: State Academy of Fine Arts, 2007
Banai, Nuit, “Tala Madani: Lombard-Fried Projects,” Modern Painters, May 2007
McClemont, Doug, “Doug Clement on Tala Madani at Lombard-Fried Projects, New York,” Saatchi-Gallery.co.uk, April 2007
Smith, Roberta, “Art in Review; Tala Madani,” The New York Times, March 30, 2007
Schwabsky, Barry, “Barry Schwabsky on Tala Madani,” Artforum, First Take, January 2007, p. 215

    Selected Press

  • The Art Newspaper
    2017
    Tala Madani: The Descent of Man
    Jori Finkel
  • Flash Art
    2017
    Tala Madani, La Panacée / Montpellier
    Timothée Chaillou
  • ArtNews.com
    2017
    Desires Unrestrained: Tala Madani Takes Irrepressibility to the Whitney Biennial
    Alex Greenberger
  • NewYorker.com
    2017
    The Charming, Disgusting Paintings of Tala Madani
    Negar Azimi
  • Art in America
    2016
    Tala Madani, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
    Gavin Kroeber
  • Frieze
    2013
    Men Without Women: The paintings, drawings and animations of Tala Madani
    Aram Moyashedi
  • Artforum
    2013
    Tala Madani
    Frank Exposito
  • Harper's BAZAAR Art
    2013
    Laugh Out Loud: The Group Dynamics and the Catharsis of Tala Madani
    Jareh Das
  • Kaleidoscope
    2012-2013
    Tala Madani
    Chris Wiley
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