Born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Los Angeles.
Tala Madani, MOCA, Los Angeles, US (forthcoming)
Skid Mark, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Chalk Mark, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Start Museum, Shanghai, China
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Vienna Secessions, Vienna, Austria
Oven Light, Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany
Corner Projections, 303 Gallery, New York, US
Tala Madani, La Panacée, Montpellier, France
Shitty Disco, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
First Light, Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, St Louis, US ; MIT Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, US
Smiley has no nose, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Tala Madani, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain
Tala Madani: Abstract Pussy, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Tala Madani, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
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, US
Tala Madani: The Jinn, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Manual Man, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Pictograms, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, US
Dazzle Men, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
ASS•AS•SIN: hashish anyone?, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, US
Smoke and Mirrors, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, US
Cake Men, Oregon State University, Corvallis, US
Above Us Only Sky!, Nitja Senter for Samtidskunst, Lillestrøm, Norway
Portals, NEON, Athens – GR
MOTHER!, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk, Denmark
Anticorps, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Radical Figures: paintings in the new millennium, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Some mysterious process, 50 years of collecting international art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
OKETA COLLECTION: A NEW DECADE, Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
Dallas Biennial 2020, PRP Gallery, Dallas, US
Feminism Against Family, Vienna, Austria
The World: From THE OKETA COLLECTION, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanzawa, Japan
16th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey
On Vulnerability and Doubt, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
Dirty Protest: Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US
Lewben Art Foundation Playlist for Mo Museum "Lewben Playlist for Mo", MO Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania
Mademoiselle, Centre Regional d' Art Contemporaine Occitaine, Sète, France
First Person Plural: Empathy, Intimacy, Irony and Anger, BAK, Utrecht, Netherlands
Desire: A Show about sex, love and lust, Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin, Colombia
Selections from the Hammer Contemporary Collection (organised by Connie Butler and Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett), The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US
(X) A Fantasy, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
Prospect 2017, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, California, US
Black & Brown People | White Problems, Samsøñ, Boston, Massachusetts, US
Adult Swim, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
I Plan to Stay a Believer, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, US
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros, Hall Art Foundation, New York, US
Made Masculine, Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire – US
First Person Plural, Utretch, Netherlands
National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Melbourne, Australia
Please Fasten Your Seatbelt as We Are Experincing Some Turbulence, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai, China
Los Angeles – A Fiction, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
In Between: Contemporary Iranian Art (Part 1), Mana Contemporary, New Jersey, US
Zeitgeist, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, China
Omul Negru, Nicodim Gallery at Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest, Roumania
Malerei als Film, Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany
Colliding Alien Cargo, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, US
Invisible Adversaries, The Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, US
Human Condition, Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Los Angeles, US
We Dance, We Smoke, We Kiss, Fahrenheit, Los Angeles, US
On Space and Place: Contemporary Art from Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Vancouver, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, US
The Distance of a Day, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
A Modest Proposal, Hauser & Wirth, New York, US
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Inside Out, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Mixtape 2016, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, UK
Alfred Jarry Archipelago: La Valse des Pantins – Acte II, La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France
Black & White Mike, Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Eagle Rock, US
Get Rid of Yourself: America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, Taipei Biennial, Taipei, Taiwan
Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US
Tala Madani & Nathaniel Mellors, PKM Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Everything falls faster than an anvil, Pace, London, UK
Dramedy, Forth Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, US
Where are we Now?, 5th Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morroco
In the Near Future, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Made in Space, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York, US
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, Artpace, San Antonio, US
NO BORDERS: Contemporary art in a globalised world, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, UK
21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2012, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
UNREST: Revolt against Reason, apexart, New York, US
De Volkskrant Prijs (De Volkskrant Art Award), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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, US
Framed, Drawings in Motion, The Drawing Center, Smartspaces, New York, US
Greater New York, Neville Wakefield, and Connie Butler, MoMA P.S. 1, New York, US
The Future of Tradition, The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Touched, The 6th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
The Girl Effect, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, US
The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame, 4th Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennial, Tirana, Albania
The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, The New Museum, New York, US
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Out-of-Line, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, US
Works on Paper, La Maison Jaune, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Size Matters: XXL-Recent Large-Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, US
Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Size Matters: XS-Recent Small Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, US
MFA Painting, Yale University, New Haven
BFA Visual Arts, Oregon State University, Corvallis
BFA Political Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis
Video Commission, Creative Time/MoMAPS1/ MTV, US
Tirana Facades Project, Collaboration with Tirana Town Hall and T.I.C.A.B. Facade design of communist living blocks, Tirana, Albania
Co-Producer, Bob Parks-"R & B Feeling", Junior Aspirin Records, UK
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND RESIDENCIES
Tiffany Foundation 2013 Biennial Grant
Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting Artpace San Antonio, Spring Artist-in-Residence
Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs (De Volkskrant Art Award)
British School of Rome, Abbey Painting Fellowship, Rome, Italy
Van den Berch van Heemstede Stichting Fellowship, The Netherlands
Stichting Kees Verwey Fellowship, The Netherlands
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/Dutch Ministry of Education Residency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fine Arts Work Center Residency, Provincetown, US
Barry Schactman prize for excellence in painting, drawing and printmaking, Yale University, New Haven, US
Schickle-Collingwood Prize, Yale University, New Haven, US
Oregon State University President's Award for Excellence in Art
Oregon State University 'Plinkiewisch Scholarship', full tuition, 1999-2003, Corvallis, US
Oregon State University 'Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, Creativity (URISC)', grant for painting residency in Berlin, Corvallis, US
Frieze Film, Paramount Theatre, Frieze, Los Angeles, US
Eye Stabber, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
TEACHING AND SEMINARS
USC Roski School of Art, Los Angeles, US, Core MFA Faculty
Rijksakademie van Beelende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Advisor
MICA Maryland Institute Collage of Art, Baltimore, US, visiting artist
Culture Now: Tala Madani, In conversation with Jessica Morgan, ICA, London, UK
University of South Florida, (FL), US, Visiting Artist Lecturer
UCLA University of California, Los Angeles, US, visiting artist
De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL), Visting Artist Lecturer
Rijksakademie van Beelende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 'When Devil enters the studio' Lecturer
The Cooper Union, New York, US, visiting artist
Yale University, New Haven, US, visiting artist
Yale Summer School, Norfolk, US, visiting artist
Tehran University, Tehran, IR, 'artist talk', lecturer
Parking Gallery, Tehran, IR, 'Lecture on Contemporary Arts', speaker
Yale University, New Haven, US, visiting artist
Oregon State University, Corvallis, US, visiting artist
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, US, visiting artist
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, US, 'Grantmakers in the Arts', panelist
Yale University, New Haven, US, 'Art and Transgression', discussion panel
German Council of Foreign Affairs (DGAP), Berlin, Germany, research assistant: Immigration/ Integration
'Iran-Germany Conference: Process of modernization in European and Islamic Countries', Berlin, Germany
'Tehran/Berlin Media Conference', Berlin, Germany
'He Disappeared Into Complete Silence' , L. Cluitmans and A. Zeqo, Onomatopee and De Hallen Haarlem, Netherlands
'Speech Matters' , Katerina Gregos, Danish Pavilion 54th Venice Biennale, Italy
'Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting' Peio Aguirre and Negar Azimi, Phaidon Press, New York, US
'Younger than Jesus: The Reader' , Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman, New York, US
'Younger than Jesus Artist Directory', Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman, New York, US
'Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art', Hossein Amirsadeghi, New York, US
'Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East' , The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
'De verbeelding van de emotie, kunst als bindend element in de hedendaagse samenleving / Imagining emotion, art as a binding element in contemporary society', Adriaan van der Staay, KNAW/Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherlands
SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Waxman, Lori. "Where best to experience art? At home or in the museum?", Chicago Tribune, 9 November.
Moshayedi, Aram. "Men without Women", Frieze Magazine, issue 152.
Wiley, Chris. "Tala Madani", Kaleidoscope Magazine, issue 17. Masters, HG.
"Stop(ped) Making Sense", Art Asia Pacific, issue 81.
Fox, Dan. "Postcards from Venice Pt.1: First Impressions", Frieze Blog, June 1.
Punj, Rajesh. "Tala Madani, Mad Men", Canvas Magazine, Issue 111.
Coxhead, Gabriel. "Tala Madani" ,Time Out, May 23.
Millard, Coline. "Tala Madani", Modern Painters, September 2011.
McGarry, Kevin. "Greater New Yorkers: Tala Madani", The Moment, T magazine, June 2.
Kerr, Merrily. "Tala Madani", Flash Art, May/June.
Al-Hadid, Diana. "Tala Madani", Bomb, Number 109/Fall.
McLean-Ferris, Laura. "Tala Madani: Dazzle Men", Art Review, April.
Kopsa, Maxine."Dazzled Man: The Paintings of Tala Madani." Metropolis M, April.
Holmgren, Katherine. "Tala Madani", frieze.com, January 30.
Dorment, Richard. "Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East at the Saatchi Gallery", The Telegraph, January 27.
Watson, Simon. "Tala Madani: The Iranian Three Stooges", Whitewall, Summer.
Perjovschi, Dan. "Artist's Favorites", Spike Magazine, Winter.
Roje, Natasha. "Ass-As-Sin: Hashish Anyone?: Tala Madani", Bidoun Magazine, #15 Pulp.
Falconer, Morgan. "Tala Madani: Some men desire cake, some become cake, and some have cake thrust upon them'' Art World Magazine, Feb/Mar.
Morgan, Robert. "Tala Madani: Smoke and Mirrors", The Brooklyn Rail, May.
Schwabsky, Barry. "First Take: Barry Schwabsky on Tala Madani", Artforum, January.
Maerkle, Andrew. "Smoke and mirrors", Art Asia Pacific, issue 14.
Smith, Roberta. "Tala Madani, Smoke and Mirrors", The New York Times, 30 March.
McClemont, Doug. "Doug McClemont on Tala Madani at Lombard-Freid Projects, New York", www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk, April.
Banai, Nuit. "Tala Madani: Lombard-Freid Projects", Modern Painters, May.