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Thornton Dial
13 Jul 2012
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From "Sunday Portfolio: Thornton Dial":

As a way of introducing Thornton Dial, we turn to Karen Wilkin, writing from her "At the Galleries" column in the current issue of The Hudson Review:

"The self-taught, prodigiously inventive "outsider" artist, born in Alabama in 1928, is acclaimed for his "collages" of improbable materials – loosely woven accretions of twisted fabric, thickly piled branches, discarded machine parts, old toys, dead animals, artificial flowers, and broken furniture, among many other things – salvaged and transformed into unignorable wall-mounted and freestanding constructions. Dial's impeccable sense of rhythm, his ability to orchestrate densities and forms, along with his gift for ravishing color, are put into the service of deeply felt political messages and comments on the vexed history of race relations, along with such themes as his personal heroes, ecology, or the essential role played by black women in the South. The potency of the result makes Dial's lack of conventional training irrelevant. His layered, confrontational structures defy categories. They demand and reward our attention, resonating in complex ways – aeshetically, conceptually, politically, emotionally.

Culture History Innovation Rural/Regional Alabama Art Painting South
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