“Dial's life is inseparable from history because he made it his business as an artist to be a historian. Dial lived history, then he represented it.” (John Beardsley)

“Dial was an art-maker who, like Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Louise Bourgeois, and Anselm Kiefer, dared to take on themes that were as big as his technical skills were refined. In his art he examined slavery, racism, the struggle of the oppressed for their rights and freedom, war, the abuse of women, nature’s inexplicable forces — and hope and beauty, too. Its maker experienced many hardships and challenges in his lifetime, from poverty to the ugly, institutionalized racism of his native region, but instead of taking a bitter, cynical turn, Dial’s art was shaped in large part by his abiding faith in the redemptive power of aspiration — of keeping hope alive — and of looking for the unsinkable good in even the darkest episodes of history or the most discouraging expressions of the human spirit.” (Edward M. Gomez)

Dial’s much-heralded retrospective, Hard Truths, which travelled from Indianapolis to New Orleans, Charlotte and on to Atlanta attracted potent critical and curatorial support around the world, adding powerful momentum to Dial’s trajectory and his status in the global arena. Time Magazine devoted a five-page story to this breathtaking exhibition, the New York Times gave him a full-page glowing review and CNN featured him in a segment that commented upon his new-found status as the peer of Kieffer, Pollock, De Kooning and Rauschenberg. The Wall Street Journal added another remarkable accolade for Hard Truths by picking it as one of the five (5) most important art exhibits in America in 2011.

Most recently, the esteemed Metropolitan Museum in New York announced the addition to its collection of nine (9) important works by Thornton Dial. It was additionally announced in the extensive story that Dial's work will be presented in an exhibiton at the Metropolitan’s new location, which formerly housed the Whitney Museum of American Art, in the summer of 2017. This will be a transformational moment for Dial’s legacy and for the whole of art history. The show will re-examine the canon of western art history without the domination of European colonial imperatives. Thornton Dial’s magisterial assemblages and delicately finessed works on paper will be pillars of this new, more complete investigation of art and culture.

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