Thornton Dial  (American, 1928) 

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Thornton Dial Biography
1928   Born in Emelle, AL
Selected Exhibitions
2013   Thornton Dial: Daybreak. Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta (*with works by Dial family members)
2013   Seismic Shifts: Ten Visionaries in Contemporary Art and Architecture. National Academy Museum & School, New York, NY
2012 - 2013   Thoughts on Paper. Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC, Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (solo)
2011 - 2013   Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. Indianapolis Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (solo)
2012   Thornton Dial: Viewpoint of the Foundry Man, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2012   Thornton Dial, Virginia Union University and Art Gallery, Richmond, VA (solo)
2012   Thornton Dial and Lizzi Bougatsos, James Fuentes, New York, NY
2012   The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
2012   Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial. The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2011   The Armory Show, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY
2011   Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2011   Disaster Areas, Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA (solo)
2005   Thornton Dial in the 21st Century, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (solo)
2002 - 2004   In the Spirit of Martin, Smithsonian Institution, traveling
2000   Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1999   Thornton Dial: His Spoken Dreams, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998   Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology, Philadelphia Museum, PA
1993   Thornton Dial: Image of the Tiger. New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; American Folk Art Museum, New York; Milwaukee Art Museum, WI (solo)
1992   Thornton Dial: Works on Paper, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1991   Thornton Dial, Sr.: Works on Paper, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1990   Thornton Dial: Strategy of the World. Southern Queens Park Association/African-American Hall of Fame, Jamaica, NY (solo)
1990   Thornton Dial. Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA (solo)
1990   Dial: Ladies of the United States. Library Art Gallery, Kennesaw State College, Marietta, GA (solo)
Selected Public Collections
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
  Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY
  Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
  The Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA
  High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
  Indianapolis Museum of Art
  Intuit, Chicago, IL
  Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
  New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Literature
2012   Thornton Dial: Viewpoint of the Foundry Man. catalogue, Andrew Edlin Gallery
2012   Creation Story: Gee's Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial. catalogue, Frist Center for the Visual Arts and Vanderbilt University Press, Nashville
2011   Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper. edited by Bernard L. Herman, Ackland Art Museum and University of North Carolina Press Chapel Hill
2011   Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. catalogue, Prestel
2011   Kuspit, Donald. Review, Art Forum, Summer
2011   Wilkin, Karen. “Biography, History, Self-Evident Beauty.” The Wall Street Journal, April 21
2011   Doran, Anne. Review, Time Out New York, April 14-20
2011   Review, The New Yorker, April 11
2011   Lacayo, Richard. “Outside the Lines.” Time, March 14
2011   Kino, Carol. “Letting His Life’s Work Do the Talking.” New York Times, February 20
2011   Gómez, Edward M. “On the Border.” Art & Antiques Magazine, February
2010   Jones, Phillip March. “Thornton Dial, Sr.” Whitehot Magazine, February
2009   Outsider Art Sourcebook. Raw Vision
2005   Thornton Dial in the 21st Century, catalogue, Tinwood
2002   Giovanni, Nikki; Chassman, Gary Miles; Leonard, Walter. In the Spirit of Martin, Tinwood Books
2001   American Anthem: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum. catalogue
2000 - 2001   Souls Grown Deep. Volumes 1 and 2, Arnett et al
1997   Smith, Dinitia, “Bits, Pieces and a Drive To Turn Them Into Art.” New York Times, February 5
1993   Smith, Roberta. “A Young Style for an Old Story.” New York Times, December 19
1993   Scott, Sue. “Thornton Dial [exhibition review].” ARTnews 92, April
1993   Lloyd, Ann Wilson. “Thornton Dial at Luise Ross.” Art in America, May
1993   Passionate Visions of the American South, Self Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present, New Orleans Museum of Art
1993   20th Century American Folk, Self-Taught, and Outsider Art, Neal-Schuman Publishers
1991   Kuspit, Donald. “The Appropriation of Marginal Art in the 1980s.” American Art, Winter/Spring
1990   Museum of Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists. Abbeville Press
1987   Kroll, Jack. “The Outsiders Are In: American Folk Artists Move into the World of Money and Fame.” Newsweek, December 2