Pilar Corrias

Tala Madani

Tala Madani

Tala Madani
Curriculum Vitae

Born 1981 in Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in Los Angeles


Mori Art Museum, Tokyo – JP
Vienna Secessions, Vienna – AT
Oven Light, Portikus, Frankfurt – DE

Corner Projections, 303 Gallery, New York – US

Tala Madani, La Panacée, Montpellier – FR

Shitty Disco, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
First Light, curated by Henriette Huldisch, and Kelly Shindler, 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 – ES
Tala Madani: Abstract Pussy, Pilar Corrias, London – UK
Tala Madani, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham – UK

Tala Madani: Rip Image, Moderna Museet, Malmö; Moderna Museet, Stockholm – SE
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 – NL
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


Radical Figures: painting in the New Millennium, Whitechapel Gallery, London – UK

16th Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul – TR
On Vulnerability and Doubt, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne – AU
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 - LT
Mademoiselle, Centre Regional d' Art Contemporaine Occitaine, Sète – FR
First Person Plural: Empathy, Intimacy, Irony and Anger (curated by Matteo Lucchetti) BAK, Utrecht – NL

Desire: A Show about sex, love and lust (Curated by Emiliano Valdés), Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin, Colombia – CO
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 (Curated by Gerasimos Floratos), 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 (Curated by Eric Fischl), Hall Art Foundation, New York – US
Made Masculine, Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire – US
First Person Plural (Curated by Matteo Lucchetti), Utretch – NL
National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, Melbourne – AU
Please Fasten Your Seatbelt as We Are Experincing Some Turbulence, Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai – CN
Los Angeles – A Fiction, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon – FR
In Between: Contemporary Iranian Art (Part 1), Mana Contemporary, New Jersey - US
Zeitgeist, Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva – CH

Omul Negru (Curated by Aaron Moulton), Nicodim Gallery at Cantacuzino Palace, Bucharest – ROU
Malerei als Film, Kunsthalle Darmstadt – DE
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 – IL
A Modest Proposal, Hauser & Wirth, New York – US
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York – US
Inside Out, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich – CH
Mixtape 2016, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London – UK

Alfred Jarry Archipelago: La Valse des Pantins – Acte II, La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel – FR
Black & White Mike, curated by Benjamin Weissman, 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, curated by Nicholas Bourriaud, Taipei – TW
Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles – US
Tala Madani & Nathaniel Mellors, PKM Gallery, Seoul – KR
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 – MA
In the Near Future, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw – PL

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

21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2012, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev – UA
UNREST: Revolt against Reason, curated by Natalie Musteata, apexart, New York – US
De Volkskrant Prijs (De Volkskrant Art Award), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Amsterdam –NL

He disappeared into complete silence, Museum De Hallen, Haarlem – NL
Speech Matters, Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice – IT
Open House, Singapore Biennale, Singapore – SG
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 (Curated by Klaus Biesenbach), Neville Wakefield, and Connie Butler, MoMA P.S. 1, New York – US
The Future of Tradition, The Tradition of Future, Haus der Kunst, Munich – DE
Touched, The 6th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool – UK

The Girl Effect, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY- US
The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame, 4th Tirana International Contemporary Art Biennial, Tirana – AL
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 – CH
Size Matters: XXL-Recent Large-Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill – US

Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam - NL
Size Matters: XS-Recent Small Scale Paintings, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill – US


2004 - 2006
MFA Painting, Yale University, New Haven

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


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, United States
Barry Schactman prize for excellence in painting, drawing and printmaking, Yale University, New Haven, United States

Schickle-Collingwood Prize, Yale University, New Haven, United States

Oregon State University President’s Award for Excellence in Art
Oregon State University 'Plinkiewisch Scholarship', full tuition, 1999-2003, Corvallis, United States
Oregon State University 'Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, Creativity (URISC)', grant for painting residency in Berlin, Corvallis, United States


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 – AL
Co-Producer, Bob Parks-"R & B Feeling", Junior Aspirin Records – UK


Frieze Film, Paramount Theatre, Frieze, Los Angeles – US

Eye Stabber, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York – US


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
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 (NL), ‘When Devil enters the studio’ Lecturer

The Cooper Union, New York, (NY), US, visiting artist
Yale University, New Haven (CT), US, visiting artist
Yale Summer School, Norfolk, (CT), US, visiting artist

Tehran University, Tehran, IR, ‘artist talk’, lecturer
Parking Gallery, Tehran, IR, ‘Lecture on Contemporary Arts’, speaker

Yale University, New Haven (CT), US, visiting artist

Oregon State University, Corvallis (OR), US, visiting artist
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (RI), US, visiting artist
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown (MA), US, 'Grantmakers in the Arts', panelist

Yale University, New Haven (CT), US, 'Art and Transgression', discussion panel

2004 German Council of Foreign Affairs (DGAP), Berlin, DE, research assistant: Immigration/ Integration

'Iran-Germany Conference: Process of modernization in European and Islamic Countries', Berlin, DE
'Tehran/Berlin Media Conference', Berlin, DE


Lori Waxman, Where best to experience art? At home or in the museum?, Chicago Tribune, 9 November
Andrew Berardini, Tala Madani: First Light, Artforum, January

Robert Shore, Paint Misbehavin', Elephant Magazine
James Cahill, Tala Madani, Art in America, July

Jareh Das, Laugh out Loud, Group Dynamics and the Chatarsis of Tala Madani, Harpers Bazar
Aram Moshayedi, Men without Women, Frieze Magazine, issue 152

Chris Wiley, Tala Madani, Kaleidoscope Magazine, issue 17
HG Masters, Stop(ped) Making Sense, Art Asia Pacific, issue 81

He Disappeared Into Complete Silence, L. Cluitmans and A. Zeqo, Onomatopee and De Hallen Haarlem, NL
Speech Matters, Katerina Gregos, Danish Pavilion 54th Venice Biennale, Italy
Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting, Peio Aguirre and Negar Azimi, Phaidon Press, (NY), USA
Dan Fox, Postcards from Venice Pt.1: First Impressions, Frieze Blog, June 1
Rajesh Punj, Tala Madani, Mad Men, Canvas Magazine, Issue 111
Gabriel Coxhead, Tala Madani, Time Out, May 23
Coline Millard, Tala Madani, Modern Painters, September 2011

Kevin McGarry, Greater New Yorkers: Tala Madani, The Moment, T magazine, June 2
Merrily Kerr, Tala Madani, Flash Art, May/June

Younger than Jesus: The Reader, Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman, New York, (NY), USA
Younger than Jesus Artist Directory, Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni, and Laura Hoptman, New York, (NY), USA
Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art, Hossein Amirsadeghi, New York, (NY), USA
Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Diana Al-Hadid, Tala Madani, Bomb, Number 109/Fall
Laura McLean-Ferris, Tala Madani: Dazzle Men, Art Review, April
Maxine Kopsa, Dazzled Man: The Paintings of Tala Madani, Metropolis M, April
Katherine Holmgren, Tala Madani, frieze.com, January 30
Richard Dorment, Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East at the Saatchi Gallery, The Telegraph, January 27

Simon Watson, Tala Madani: The Iranian Three Stooges, Whitewall, Summer
Dan Perjovschi, Artist's Favorites, Spike Magazine, Winter
Natasha Roje, Ass-As-Sin: Hashish Anyone?: Tala Madani, Bidoun Magazine, #15 Pulp
Morgan Falconer, Tala Madani: Some men desire cake, some become cake, and some have cake thrust upon them, Art World Magazine, Feb/Mar

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, NL
Robert Morgan, Tala Madani: Smoke and Mirrors, The Brooklyn Rail, May
Barry Schwabsky, First Take: Barry Schwabsky on Tala Madani, Artforum, January
Andrew Maerkle, Smoke and mirrors, Art Asia Pacific, issue 14
Roberta Smith, Tala Madani, Smoke and Mirrors, The New York Times, 30 March
Doug McClemont, Doug McClemont on Tala Madani at Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk, April
Nuit Banai, Tala Madani: Lombard-Freid Projects, Modern P­ainters, May