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Tala Madani, The Shadow, 2018, oil on linen, 80 × 80".

Tala Madani, The Shadow, 2018, oil on linen, 80 × 80".

Tala Madani

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In “Corner Projections,” Tala Madani’s recent exhibition of paintings and animation, the blunt, raunchy, and cartoony directness of attack that characterized her previous New York show, in 2010, was not entirely gone from her pictorial tool kit, but the paintings here were much more oblique. Stylistically, she’s dialed down her palette and added elements of illusionism. Most of the new paintings were in shades of gray, sometimes with a few small patches of prismatic color. As well, the artist provided some tricky light effects, which rendered the works a bit too slick at times, yet all the more potent for it.

The paintings’ protagonists were still all male, as has been the case since Madani’s art first hit the scene right after she received her MFA from Yale University in 2006, but they weren’t all adults as before. In The Shadow (all works 2018), an infant—we just assume the kid is

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