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Museums Reveal Degas's Nudes and Islam's Splendor
The Wall Street Journal
By KAREN WILKIN | Published: December 23, 2011
At the Indianapolis Museum of Art, "Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial" honored an American original. The self-taught Mr. Dial, born in 1928 in rural Alabama, invented a personal, vernacular approach to collage: aggressively articulated, expressively—and beautifully—colored constructions incorporating a startling assortment of scavenged materials. Read More

Biography, History, Self-Evident Beauty
The Wall Street Journal
By KAREN WILKIN | Published: April 21, 2011
The works in "Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial," at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, are tough, beautiful, disturbing, seductive, improvisatory, unignorable, fierce, exhilarating, ambiguous—and much more. They are also difficult to write about. Read More

Outside the Lines
TIME Magazine
By RICHARD LACAYO | Published: March 14, 2011
American Artists don't have to be licensed--a good thing, that--but they do tend to be credentialed. The art world is bristling with degrees from Yale and Cal Arts and hundreds of other academies. In that world, Thornton Dial stands out. Read More

Thornton Dial is Not an Outsider Artist
Studio 360
By GIGI DOUBAN | Published: March 4, 2011
Alabama artist Thornton Dial was making metal sculpture and yard art for decades before he was discovered by a prominent collector at age sixty. Today he's 82 and the Indianapolis Museum of Art is exhibiting a survey of his art called, "Hard Truths." Read More

Review: Thornton Dial at the IMA
NUVO
By DAVID HOPPE | Published: February 28, 2011
This maximal show, consisting of 70 works created over a period of 20 years, gives real meaning to the term “body of work.” Dial is an artist who seems compelled to see just how much meaning a work of art can hold, to make art so fully of its time and place that traditional two-dimensional boundaries aren’t enough. Read More

Big Museum Show for an Ex-Welder
Wall Street Journal
By STAN SESSER | Published: February 26, 2011
His Alabama family couldn't afford to send him to school. He began doing art seriously in his 60s. Now, at age 82, Thornton Dial is finally getting a big museum survey show that will display 70 of his large-scale works. Read More

Thornton Dial: Beauty and Mystery
NUVO
By DAVID HOPPE | Published: February 23, 2011
“They have everything we’re looking for in art,” says Joanne Cubbs, curator of Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, of the works in this 20-year retrospective by a remarkable American master opening Feb. 25 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Read More

Letting His Life’s Work Do the Talking
New York Times
By CAROL KINO | Published: February 17, 2011
THORNTON DIAL has never been one for talking much about his artwork. Ask him what inspires his monumental assemblages, made from twisted metal, tree branches, cloth, plastic toys, animal bones and all manner of found materials, and he is likely to respond tersely, as he did while showing me around his studio here one bone-chilling day last month. Read More

IMA exhibit spotlights 'Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial
Indianapolis Star
By MARY LEE PAPPAS | Published: February 17, 2011
It's not every day that an artist finds his work on the walls of fine art museums throughout the country. But Thornton Dial isn't your typical artist. The 82-year-old Dial didn't actually begin making art until retirement age, years after working in the industrial town of Bessemer, Ala., as a welder, carpenter, bricklayer and cement worker. It's those same trades that Dial uses to create his large-scale works of art. Full article no longer available online.