A companion to the traveling exhibit of Thornton Dial currently displayed at the High Museum of Art, the catalogue of his works is captured in Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial.

This book was edited by Joanne Cubbs and Eugene W. Metcalf.  It begins with a quote from the artist Thornton Dial: “All truth is hard truth. We’re in the darkness now, and we got to accept the hard truth to bring on the light. You can hide the truth, but you can’t get rid of it. When truth comes out in the light, we get the beauty of the world.”

Going through this beautiful catalogue, you are invited to acknowledge the raw hard truth of the artist.

Several themes are found throughout Dial’s work: they are the South influence, segregation, civil rights, and a voice that is often unheard.

George Tate also contributes an interesting written piece, placing the artist in the context of music and the dramatic rise of Sun Ra out of Alabama. Dial’s birth year, 1928, brought to the world Warhol, Bo Diddley, and Fats Domino to name a few.

The book is beautifully broken up into themes of struggles, old hardships, creative spirit, false promises, and redemption.

Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial is an encyclopedia of information and is an ideal addition to any library. The opportunity to celebrate the work of a man who shares the voice of the common people.

After you read the book check out the exhibit for yourself that runs at the High Museum of Art through March 03, 2013 at the www.High.org

Book info:

  • ISBN-10: 3791350587
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791350585

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