Monica L. Miller

  • Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial

    Mixing media but never his message, Thornton Dial turns his perspicacious eye to events local and global in his most comprehensive show to date.

    Mixing media but never his message, Thornton Dial turns his perspicacious eye to events local and global in his most comprehensive show to date. “Hard Truths” features seventy large-scale paintings, drawings, and found-object sculptures, which take an unblinking look at subjects that might seem outside the purview of a self-taught artist—the Iraq war, 9/11, and Obama’s election, to name a few. Focusing on the past two decades, the show finds the Alabama-born artist expanding on his main themes: racism; regionalism; and the working class, women, and others positioned