Tala Madani - HEATWAVE: Online Auction London Wednesday, July 17, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Description

    Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.

  • Provenance

    Pilar Corrias Gallery, London
    Lombard-Freid Projects, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    London, Pilar Corrias Gallery, Tala Madani: Dazzle Men, 15 January - 28 February 2009
    Malmö, Moderna Museet; Stockholm, Moderna Museet, Tala Madani: Rip Image, 16 February - 27 October 2013, pp. 132, 180 (illustrated, p. 132)

  • Literature

    'Interview with Tala Madani', Elephant Art, 24 March 2015, online (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present work belongs to Tala Madani’s Dazzle Men series, first exhibited at Pilar Corrias, London, in 2009. The title of the series refers to Dazzle Ships or Dazzle Camouflage, a technique employed in World War I to confuse the targeting of U-Boat commanders. War ships were decorated with complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, which interrupted and intersected each other; instead of concealing the ships, the intention was to dazzle and mislead the enemy. This technique was linked to the contemporaneous avant-garde art scene, with artists such as Edward Wadsworth overseeing the design and painting of 2,000 ships. In her works from the Dazzle Men series, Madani has employed her dark humour to create uncanny mise-en-scènes, featuring groups of bald men in varying sizes, engaged in absurd attempts at camouflage which manifest in playful and often perverse microcosms.


Spreading Clown

signed, titled and dated 'Tala Madani 2008 "Spreading Clown"' on the reverse
oil on panel
39.8 x 30 cm (15 5/8 x 11 3/4 in.)
Painted in 2008.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £10,000

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