Thornton Dial

Born 1928, Emelle, AL

Deceased 2016, McCalla, AL

  • Thornton Dial, Ground Zero: Decorating the Eye, 2002, 76.5 x 108 x 4 inches, 194.3 x 274.3 x 10.2 cm
  • Thornton Dial, The Color of Money: The Jungle of Justice, 1996, 77 x 86 x 12 inches, 195.6 x 218.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Thornton Dial, Two Coats, 2003, 81 x 71 x 9 inches, 205.7 x 180.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Thornton Dial, Setting the Table, 2003, 75 x 74.5 x 8 inches, 190.5 x 189.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Thornton Dial, Black Walk, 2003, 64 x 97 x 3 inches, 162.6 x 246.4 x 7.6 cm
  • Thornton Dial, Coming Back Clear, 2011, 74 x 62 x 9 inches, 188 x 157.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Thornton Dial, Lady Know How to Hold the Jungle Cat, 1990, 69.5 x 90/5 x 4 inches, 176.5 x 45.7 x 10.2 cm

Solo Exhibitions

  • Thornton Dial
    Mr. Dial's America
    David Lewis, New York
    January 25—March 18, 2018
  • Thornton Dial
    Green Pastures: In Memory of Thornton Dial, Sr.
    High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    February 13, 2016—May 01, 2018
  • Thornton Dial
    Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial
    Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
    February 25, 2011—March 03, 2013
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial in the 21st Century
    Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
    September 25, 2005—January 08, 2006
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial: Image of the Tiger
    Museum of American Folk Art, New York, NY; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY ; American Center, Paris, France; Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
    1993

Group Exhibitions

  • History Refused to Die
    Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift
    Thornton Dial
    (forthcoming)
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    May 22—September 23, 2018
  • Revelations: Art From the African American South
    Thornton Dial
    de Young Museum, Los Angeles, CA
    June 03, 2017—April 01, 2018

News

  • Thornton Dial
    The Outsider Fair Once More Confirms That Art Is Everywhere
    The New York Times
    by Roberta Smith
    January 18, 2018
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial (1928 – 2016)
    Artforum
    by Bernard Herman
    February 18, 2016
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial, Pioneering Artist Who Channeled Everyday Materials Into Intricate Constructions, Dies at 87
    ARTNews
    by Andrew Russeth
    January 26, 2016
  • Thornton Dial
    Outsider Artist Thornton Dial Dead at 87
    artnet news
    by Sarah Cascone
    January 26, 2016
  • Thornton Dial
    From the Deep South, an Overlooked Chapter in Art History
    Hyperallergic
    by Edward M. Gomez
    January 24, 2015
  • Thornton Dial
    The Met Embraces Neglected Southern Artists
    The New Yorker
    by Paige Williams
    December 04, 2014
  • Thornton Dial
    The Met Museum Nets Major Collection of Outsider Art from the South
    Hyperallergic
    by Benjamin Sutton
    November 24, 2014
  • Thornton Dial
    Composition in Black and White
    The New Yorker
    by Paige Williams
    August 12, 2013
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial
    Art in America
    by Anne Doran
    March 05, 2013
  • Thornton Dial
    Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial a must-see at NOMA
    The Times-Picayune
    by Doug MacCash
    March 01, 2012
  • Thornton Dial
    Museums Reveal Degas’s Nudes and Islam’s Splendor
    The Wall Street Journal
    by Karen Wilkin
    December 23, 2011
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial
    Artforum
    by Donald Kuspit
    August 2011
  • Thornton Dial
    Biography, History, Self-Evident Beauty
    The Wall Street Journal
    by Karen Wilkin
    April 21, 2011
  • Thornton Dial
    Outside The Lines
    Time Magazine
    by Richard Lacayo
    March 14, 2011
  • Thornton Dial
    Big Museum Show for an Ex-Welder
    The Wall Street Journal
    by Stan Sesser
    February 26, 2011
  • Thornton Dial
    Letting His Life's Work Do the Talking
    The New York Times
    by Carol Kino
    February 20, 2011
  • Thornton Dial
    By Whatever Name, Easier to Like
    The New York Times
    by Michael Kimmelman
    February 14, 1997
  • Thornton Dial
    Bits, Pieces and a Drive To Turn Them Into Art
    The New York Times
    by Dinitia Smith
    February 05, 1997
  • Thornton Dial
    In the Forest of the Night Robert Farris Thompson on Thornton Dial: Image of the Tiger
    Artforum
    by Robert Farris Thompson
    April 1994
  • Thornton Dial
    ART VIEW; A Young Style for an Old Story
    The New York Times
    by Roberta Smith
    December 19, 1993

Publications

  • Thornton Dial
    Revelations: Art from the African American South
    Timothy Anglin Burgard, et al.
    FAMSF Publications & Prestel
    2017
  • Thornton Dial
    Life Go On: The Art of Thornton Dial
    Virginia Union University
    2017
  • Thornton Dial
    Creation Story: Gee's Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial
    edited by: Mark Scala
    Vanderbilt University Press
    2012
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper
    edited by, Bernard L. Herman
    The University of North Carolina Press
    2011
  • Thornton Dial
    Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial
    edited by: Joanne Cubbs and Eugene W. Metcalf
    DelMonico Books, Prestel
    2010
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial in the 21st Century
    Paul Arnett,‎ Joanne Cubbs,‎ and Eugene W. Metcalf Jr.
    Tinwood Books
    2006
  • Thornton Dial
    Everyday Genius: Self-Taught Art and the Culture of Authenticity
    Gary Alan Fine
    University of Chicago Press
    2006
  • Thornton Dial
    Testimony: Vernacular Art of the African-American South
    Kinshasha Conwill and Arthur C. Danto
    Harry N. Abrams
    2001
  • Thornton Dial
    Thornton Dial: Image of the Tiger
    Imamu Amiri Baraka, Thomas McEvilley, et al.
    Harry N Abrams Inc.
    1993
  • Thornton Dial
    Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present
    Alice Rae Yelen
    University Press of Mississippi
    1993