Greetings Art Educators,
This artist was mentioned on TAB Yahoo list (Teaching for Artistic Behavior).
Copied from the site:
"Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial is the most extensive survey of
Thornton Dial's art ever mounted. Depicting the tragedies and triumphs
of humanity, he moves the discourse of contemporary art-making into
new territory and offers an unflinching vision of the world that
invites us to examine even our hardest truths."
"Thornton Dial's highly original works provide compelling commentary
on the most pervasive challenges of our time—from reflections on race
and class struggle in America to haunting meditations on events of
contemporary global concern.
He creates dense accumulations of symbolically charged discarded
materials, often engulfing them in expressionistic brushstrokes of
color. Filled with rich allegories, his work invites us to discover
many layers of meaning in its writhing forms, curious juxtapositions,
and powerful imagery. Dial's paintings and assemblages draw
inspiration from the rich aesthetic traditions of the black South.
Among these is the African American yard show, a highly influential
yet little-recognized genre of found-object sculptural display that
employs cast-off materials as a form of encoded visual language."
Several more museum exhibit of "Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial".........
Just spotted there was a N Y Time article Feb 2011 - so maybe he is
not quite as "new-to-me".