Marianne Boesky Announces Representation of Thornton Dial

Thornton Dial's Lines of the Tree of Life, 1999. COURTESY MARIANNE BOESKY

Thornton Dial, Lines of the Tree of Life, 1999.


Thornton Dial is now represented by Marianne Boesky, the gallery announced today. His first show will run at the 64th Street location from November 5 through December 19, and will feature Dial’s works on paper.

Born in rural Alabama in 1928, Dial used his free time to make large-scale sculptures and installations from found materials. Though classified as an outsider artist during his early period, Dial’s works became more politically charged after his discovery by collector William Arnett. His work, as the gallery’s release notes, are often based around themes of “the rural South, spiritual redemption, [and] freedom and equality,” were featured in a solo museum exhibition organized by the New Museum in conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum in 1993, and a survey at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2011. Dial’s art is included in the permanent collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of Art, where he was featured in their 2000 Biennial.

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