Thornton Dial

The most extensive exhibition ever mounted of Thornton Dial’s paintings and sculptures will be on view at the High Museum of Art through March 3.

Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial will highlight Dial’s significant contribution to the field of American art and show how his work speaks to the most pressing issues of our time,including the Iraq War, 9/11 and social issues, such as racism and homelessness. The exhibition will present 59 of Dial’s large-scale paintings, drawings and found-object sculptures spanning 20 years of his artistic career.

Thornton Dial’s work draws inspiration from the rich, expressive traditions of the Black South. With no formal art education, Dial developed a truly distinctive and original style.

Influenced by African-American yard shows, he incorporates salvaged objects — from plastic grave flowers and children’s toys to carpet scraps and animal skeletons — to create highly charged assemblages that tackle a wide range of social and political subjects.

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