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Publication: In These Times
Author: Rosen, Diana
Date published: April 1, 2012
Language: English
PMID: 72694
ISSN: 01605992
Journal code: TSTM

While growing up black and working-class in Alabama, Thornton Dial made art in his free time, using everyday items to create sculptures and paintings that he hid in his backyard. Then an art collector discovered him in the late 1980s, launching his rise in the art world. Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, a retrospective of Dial's career at the New Orleans Museum of Art, consists of more than 40 works - including the painting "Trophies (Doll Factory)," at left - made from found materials including animal skeletons and toys. His work responds to American racism and political events such as the Iraq War. "All truth is hard truth," Dial once said. "When truth come out in the light, we get the beauty of the world." The exhibit closes on May 20.

- DIANA ROSEN



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