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Thornton Dial (1928-2016)
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Thornton Dial (1928-2016)

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Thornton Dial (1928-2016)
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signed with the artist's initials 'TD' (lower left); titled and dated 'FADING (RESPECT FOR GEE'S BEND) 2002' (on the overlap)
tin, clothing, nails, enamel and spray paint on canvas mounted on panel
59 ½ x 80 7/8 in. (151.3 x 205.4 cm.)
Executed in 2002.
Provenance
William S. Arnett, Atlanta, acquired directly from the artist
Tinwood Alliance, Atlanta, 2005
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Exhibited
Houston, Museum of Fine Arts, Thornton Dial in the 21st Century, September 2005-January 2006, p. 180 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

Thornton Dial takes inspiration from Gee's Bend Quiltmakers, a small black community from Alabama who have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces, dating back to the 1920s. Both Dial and the women of Gee's Bend harness the tactile and symbolic associations of found and repurposed materials to create works filled with personal history and beauty. Dial has stated of his work: "I believe I have proved that my art is about ideas, and about life, and the experience of the world."

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