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portrait - © NOMA New Orlean Museum of Art, christian berst — art brut
Date 1928 — 2016
Country United States

Thornton Dial, Sr. was born in Emmel, Alabama in 1928. Over a period of thirty years, he worked onand-off for the Pullman Standard Company, a company known for manufacturing metal railroad cars. Dial lives in Bessemer, Alabama where he is the patriarch of a clan of artists and an accomplished painter and sculptor.

All of Dial’s work emerges from a tireless mining of his own experience and of the events of our time. His use of materials – fencing, cow bones, corn stalks, scrap metal, pottery shards, birdbaths, clothing, stuffed animals, rope, carpet, and unusual combinations of paints and stains – renders his work by turns raw and lyrical.

Artworks
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untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 0
22.44 x 29.92 in
Bird Will Catch a Bug, Catching the Bug for Survival - © christian berst — art brut
Bird Will Catch a Bug, Catching the Bug for Survival, 1996
12.6 x 9.84 in
untitled - © christian berst — art brut
untitled, 0
12.2 x 9.06 in
Exhibitions
A Different Mountain
selected works from the Arnett collection, marlborough gallery, London. From November 21, 2019 to January 18, 2020.
In and out of Africa
Oliva Creative Factory, Portugal. From October 7, 2017 to April 7, 2018.
Revelations
l’art du sud africain-américain, fine Arts Museum de San Francisco, USA. From June 3, 2017 to April 1, 2018.
I Saw the Earth Like a Broken Egg
at the Gallery in New York City. From July 22 to September 6, 2015.
american outsiders I
the black south, at the gallery. From June 19 to July 18, 2009.
Press review
Art bien intentionné à l'Entrepot
Cédric Vérany, Nice Matin. July 17, 2010.
American outsiders - The Black South
Télérama Sortir. July 15, 2009.
Collections
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
United States
High Museum of Art
United States
Brooklyn Museum
United States
American Folk Art Museum
United States
Philadelphia Museum of Art
United States
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Treger Saint Silvestre collection
Portugal
Smithsonian Museum Of American Art
United States
New Orleans Museum of Art
United States
Minneapolis Institute of Art
United States
Fine arts museums of San Francisco
United States
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
United States
Dallas museum of art
United States
The Morgan library & museum
United States
Video
a day with thornton dial
Language English
Thornton Sr. Dial

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