2013 Laureate of the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting: Tala Madani – Announcements
October 4, 2013 – January 4, 2014
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 S. Temple of the West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
The Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation (JCDFF) is dedicated to supporting cultural activity in the arts by developing long-term relationships with like-minded non-profit organizations. In 2011, the JCDFF named the Museum of Contemporary Art of Utah (UMOCA) as the permanent seat of the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting.
To launch the 2013 award, UMOCA invited nominations from leading curators, critics, gallery owners, historians and educators from the United States. After two days of deliberation, jurors chose a promising painter to receive the unrestricted cash prize of $ 15,000 based on his skills, accomplishments and innovative practice.
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and the Jarvis & Constance Doctorow Family Foundation are pleased to announce that Los Angeles artist Tala Madani is the recipient of the 2013 Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting.
Tala Madani (born 1981, Iran) creates drawings, paintings and animations that humorously illustrate grotesque scenarios of male vulnerability and brotherly idiocy. Merging R. Crumb’s satire with Morris Louis’ palette, the language of his paintings oscillates between figuration and abstraction, seriousness and comedy. For this exhibition, UMOCA presents the first museum survey on Madani’s animations. These silent, humorous cartoons are an extension of the artist’s painterly style, as the comedic scenes are rendered with the same quick and daring brushstrokes that characterize Madani’s oil on canvas works. Much like her paintings, Madani’s animations playfully deconstruct Western assumptions revolving around primitive obsessions, male violence and xenophobia in order to facilitate a broader dialogue on the power of the image in increasingly society. more globalized today.
Madani received her MFA from Yale in 2006 and made her solo debut in 2007 with the show Smoke & Mirrors at Lombard-Fried Projects in New York. Other recent solo exhibitions include Extract image, Moderna Museet Malmö and Stockholm (2013); the djinns, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam (2011); and Manual man, Pilar Corrias, London (2011). From October 4, 2013 to January 4, 2014, UMOCA is pleased to present Madani’s first museum survey on animated paintings.
The Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting is in its second edition, first awarded to Kim Schoenstadt in 2011 and now to Tala Madani in 2013. With the commitment and support of JCDFF, UMOCA will continue to offer career development and professional enrichment opportunities for contemporary painters of extraordinary promise.
* From left to right: Tala Madani, the music man, 2009. Single-channel color / stop motion animation, edition of 10. Tala Madani, Under the man, 2012. Single-channel color / stop motion animation, edition of 10. Tala Madani, Head bug, 2009. Single-channel color / stop motion animation, edition of 10. Tala Madani, Hospital, 2009. Single-channel color / stop motion animation, edition of 10. Photo: Morganne Wakefield. Courtesy of UMOCA.