Opening Night at Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial at High Museum of Art
Featuring the Gee’s Bend Singers
The High Museum did a wonderful curating job, kudos to Susan Crowley, Curator of Folk Art at the Museum, for the Thornton Dial, “Hard Truths” exhibition opening in Atlanta. The space given to each piece and the explanations were posted (without interfering with ones view) are informative and necessary. Not only is Mr.Dial one of the most important Artists America can be proud of producing, but one of it’s most intellectually brilliant. The metaphors he uses and method of encoding his messages and meanings, requires explanation.
Thornton Dial does nothing serendipitously. There is deep thought given to how he wishes to tell his story. Maybe this gift is a direct result of his inability to communicate through written words. Whatever the reason we are the fortunate recipients. Thornton Dial is an artistic giant
. At the age of 84, his work continues to grow and evolve. Fortunately he is surrounded by loving family who help him in the physical process as he ages. His mind is crystal clear and his work vibrant and exciting. The confluence of collector Bill Arnett discovering Thornton Dial was simply something that was meant to be. The persistence and toughness of these forces and the power of the work simply demands our attention.
See our grouping of Works on Paper by Thornton Dial on 1stDibs!
Listen to an interview about the Gee’s Bend Singers with Matt Arnett