It has been said that when gods fall, the earth shakes: Thornton Dial R.I.P

Artist Thornton Dial, an American Genius, Dies at 87
One of my faves.

Yesterday night, the news broke that the Alabama-based African-American artist Thornton Dial had died on Monday at his home in McCalla, just southeast of Birmingham, at the age of 87. A master of what label-loving art historians and merchants might refer to as post-Cubist assemblage or postmodern appropriation, not to mention of his own variety of unaffected expressionism and a fluid style of draftsmanship that was both lyrical and semi-abstract, Dial was an artist whose ideas and creations fit into all and none of those establishment-dictated categories at the same time. As with the most innovative, most remarkable self-taught artists of any time or place, both his worldview and the evidence of his artistic achievement were and remain unique and, ultimately, unclassifiable.

Wow. Damn. I should pay more attention to art.


I wonder if the High here in ATL has any of his works… I’m trying to remember.

Actually, his work is on Ponce and Freedom!

And the High had some Exhibits of his work rather recently…

Here is his sculpture on Ponce and Freedom in ATL:


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