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


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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.

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


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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!

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/morning_call/2016/01/artist-thornton-dial-dies-at-87-work-displayed-at.html

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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