Bill Lowe Gallery

Thornton Dial

(American, b. 1928)

lady feeds the tiger by thornton dial

Thornton Dial

Lady Feeds the Tiger, 1988

lady knows how to hold the jungle cat by thornton dial

Thornton Dial

Lady Knows how to Hold the Jungle Cat, 1990

remembering the road by thornton dial

Thornton Dial

Remembering the Road, 1992

running negro by thornton dial

Thornton Dial

Running Negro, 1992

the dreamer: the hills and the mountains by thornton dial

Thornton Dial

The Dreamer: The Hills and the Mountains, 1994

the tiger in his jungle by thornton dial

Thornton Dial

The Tiger in his Jungle, 1989

Biography

Timeline

1928
Born in Emelle, AL

Exhibitions

2013
Thornton Dial: Daybreak. Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta (*with works by Dial family members)
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)
2012
Thornton Dial: Viewpoint of the Foundry Man, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Thornton Dial, Virginia Union University and Art Gallery, Richmond, VA (solo)
Thornton Dial and Lizzi Bougatsos, James Fuentes, New York, NY
The Soul of a City: Memphis Collects African American Art. Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Creation Story: Gee’s Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial. The Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
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)
Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

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

Literature

2012
Thornton Dial: Viewpoint of the Foundry Man. catalogue, Andrew Edlin Gallery
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
Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. catalogue, Prestel
Kuspit, Donald. Review, Art Forum, Summer
Wilkin, Karen. “Biography, History, Self-Evident Beauty.” The Wall Street Journal, April 21
Doran, Anne. Review, Time Out New York, April 14-20
Review, The New Yorker, April 11
Lacayo, Richard. “Outside the Lines.” Time, March 14
Kino, Carol. “Letting His Life’s Work Do the Talking.” New York Times, February 20