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I am not using humor in the same way as I did in previous paintings and to some extent, laughter served as a side effect to a way of working. Humor and laughter, however, did allow for freedom in the painting process, as I experience euphoria when I paint. My most recent works are indeed darker both in their subject matter and physicality. These canvases are predominantly black with darker backgrounds surrounding figures, but light still breaks through them. The reason I paint in a comic style is to lessen the intensity of the subject matter so that it becomes rawer and more palatable both on the canvas and to the viewer. It is also a subversive way of rendering difficult subject matters in painting. — Tala Madani

Madani will join curator Jessica Cerasi in conversation this week for a discussion about artistic practice and Madani’s recent series Shit Moms.


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Thursday, December 17.

9 am on the West Coast; noon East Coast; 5 pm London; 6 pm Paris.

Tala Madani, from top: Through modernism, 2017, oil on linen; Black Sun, 2017, silkscreen medium and oil on linen; Morris Men, 2012, oil on canvas; Untitled, 2015, oil on linen; The Womb, 2019, video still, animation, color, silent; Dirty Protest, 2015, oil on linen; Bedside Scratch, 2016, oil on linen. Images © Tala Madini, courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery.


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Made in L.A. 2014 opens this Sunday June 15th. It is The Hammer’s biennial exhibition featuring 35 artists. The exhibition is curated by Connie Butler and Michael Ned Holte. There will be a hardcover catalogue and free public programs throughout the summer until the exhibition closes on September 7th.

The artists included in the exhibition are Juan Capistran, Danielle Dean, Harry Dodge, Lecia Dole-Recio, Kim Fisher, Judy Fiskin, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess & Michael Frimkess, Mariah Garnett, Gerard & Kelly, Samara Golden, Piero Golia, Marcia Hafif, Channing Hansen, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, James Kidd Studio, Barry Johnston, KChung, Devin Kenny, Gabriel Kuri, Caitlin Lonegan, Los Angeles Museum of Art, Tala Madani, Max Maslansky, Emily Mast, Jennifer Moon, Brian O’Connell, Harsh Patel, Marina Pinsky, Public Fiction, Sarah Rara, A.L. Steiner, Ricky Swallow, Tony Greene: Amid Voluptuous Calm, Clarissa Tossin, and Wu Tsang.