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Thornton Dial

RIDING THE BIG BIRD, 1999

Graphite and oil pastel on Arches paper
30 × 44 in
76.2 × 111.8 cm
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Berkeley
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Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Thornton Dial
American, 1928–2016
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An extraordinarily prolific maker of complex assemblage sculptures, Thornton Dial was plucked from relative obscurity in the 1980s by Bill Arnett, an Atlanta-based collector of art made by untrained black Southerners—an event that has become the stuff of legend. Dial spent most of his life working as a machinist in a railcar factory, making large-scale sculptures on the side with organic and industrial scrap materials; so many, in fact, that his wife used to make him bury old works that took up too much space. His epic works delve into racially charged narratives and natural disasters in American history, as well as the media's representation of these events. With a raw, gestural aesthetic, and containing both abstract patterns and figurative forms, Dial's work is considered comparable to that of iconic artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Rauschenberg.

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About the work
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Thornton Dial
American, 1928–2016
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An extraordinarily prolific maker of complex assemblage sculptures, Thornton Dial was plucked from relative obscurity in the 1980s by Bill Arnett, an Atlanta-based collector of art made by untrained black Southerners—an event that has become the stuff of legend. Dial spent most of his life working as a machinist in a railcar factory, making large-scale sculptures on the side with organic and industrial scrap materials; so many, in fact, that his wife used to make him bury old works that took up too much space. His epic works delve into racially charged narratives and natural disasters in American history, as well as the media's representation of these events. With a raw, gestural aesthetic, and containing both abstract patterns and figurative forms, Dial's work is considered comparable to that of iconic artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Thornton Dial

RIDING THE BIG BIRD, 1999

Graphite and oil pastel on Arches paper
30 × 44 in
76.2 × 111.8 cm
Contact For Price
location
Berkeley
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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