About the Work
We are proud to have partnered with Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Marianne Boesky Gallery to release a print edition by the late Thornton Dial, the self-taught pioneering African-American artist. Living in rural Alabama for the entirety of his career, Dial worked primarily in three dimensions, creating intricately woven mixed-media sculptures from found materials. His complicated compositions swirl together vernacular objects with politically-charged titles that directly address the disparities found in American culture ranging from economic issues to women's rights, racism to politics. Dial's aesthetic has been oft-compared to his contemporaries, though his work was created in isolation from the art world and therefore bereft of its influence. While Dial's aesthetic may have unintentionally mirrored Abstract Expressionism, the motifs that recur throughout his oeuvre are singular, as well as pressingly relevant, as they echo the ongoing fight for equality demanded by today's civil rights activists. As Dial once explained to William Arnett, his longtime patron, "My art is the evidence of my freedom." In addition to his larger works, Dial created series of sinuous drawings, encapsulating the swirling energy of his mixed-media works through freely rendered graphite, watercolor, and pastel. In this vein, we present Happiness with Flowers by Thornton Dial, based on his drawing by the same name. This unsigned print is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity and states that this edition was created in partnership with the artist's estate.
Thornton Dial (b. 1928, Emelle, AL; d. 2016, McCalla, AL) was a self-taught pioneering American artist who created a diverse, prolific body of work. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Blum & Poe (Los Angeles; forthcoming, 2023), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York), Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts at University of Alabama (Birmingham), High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Indianapolis Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), and American Folk Art Museum (New York), among many others. Select group exhibitions include presentations at The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York), and The Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) and more. Numerous institutions hold Dial’s work in their collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Museum of Modern Art (New York) The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and The Philadelphia Museum of Art (Pennsylvania). Dial is survived by his four children, as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Authentication & Resale
This work is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity that states this edition was created in partnership with the artist's estate.
Be sure to keep your Certificate of Authenticity (COA) in a safe place. We are unable to replace or reissue COAs.
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