ďDial's life is inseparable from history because he made it his business as an artist to be a historian. Dial lived history, then he represented it.Ē - John Beardsley
Dialís much heralded retrospective, Hard Truths, which travelled from Indianapolis to New Orleans, Charlotte and on to Atlanta attracted potent critical and curatorial support around the world, adding powerful momentum to Dialís trajectory and his status in the global arena.
Time Magazine devoted a five-page story to this breathtaking exhibition, the
New York Times gave him a full-page glowing review and
CNN featured him in a segment that commented upon his new-found status as the peer of Kieffer, Pollock, De Kooning and Rauschenberg. The
Wall Street Journal added another remarkable accolade for Hard Truths by picking it as one of the five (5) most important art exhibits in America in 2011.
Most recently, the esteemed Metropolitan Museum in New York announced the addition to its collection of nine (9) important works by Thornton Dial. It was additionally announced in the extensive
New York Times story that an exhibition of Dialís work will be presented at the Metropolitanís new location, which formerly housed the Whitney Museum of American Art, in autumn of 2016. This will be a transformational moment for Dialís legacy and for the whole of art history. The show will re-examine the canon of western art history without the domination of European colonial imperatives. Thornton Dialís magisterial assemblages and delicately finessed works on paper will be pillars of this new, more complete investigation of art and culture.
Now 86-years-old, Dialís most recent art is juxtaposed with principal earlier pieces (1989-1994) at Bill Lowe Gallery, allowing viewers insight into the evolution of his artistic vocabulary. Dialís new work retains its characteristic dense configuration of materials Ė largely collected from the detritus of our culture and nature Ė while depicting an evolution into elegantly subdued palettes that reflect themes more open to interpretation. This generation of work transcends the narratives of his powerful earlier work and universalizes Dialís voice, further cementing his place in art history.