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Artist Details


Thornton Dial was born in 1928 in Emelle, AL. He has been the subject of various solo exhibitions, including at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; American Folk Art Museum, New York, NY; American Center, Paris, France (1993); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (2005); and High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2016). Dial has also participated in many group exhibitions, including The Hirshhorn Collects: Recent Acquisitions 1992-1996, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1997); Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place, Asheville Museum of Art, Asheville, NC (2015); Revelations: Art From the African American South, De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (2017); Home is a Foreign Place: Recent Acquisitions in Context, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2019); and Called To Create: Black Artists of the American South, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2023). Dial died in 2016 in McCalla, AL.

Bio updated as of 2023.

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