America has lost its greatest artist. Mr. Dial lived a long life and had an enormously productive career. His influence extends strongly into contemporary American art, with many young, formally trained artists drawing inspiration from him.

A group of closely connected improvisational artists including Dial, Ronald Lockett, the Gee’s Bend quilters, Lonnie Holley and others have made Alabama’s most important contribution ever to American– make that human– culture.

Self-taught artist Thornton Dial has died | Atlanta Life and Culture Blog

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