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Jesus Christ of All the Races

Folk and Self-Taught Art

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Jesus Christ of All the Races

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Thornton Dial, Jr.
American, born 1953


ca. 1988


Wood, metal, paint, and industrial sealing compound

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In the true folk tradition, art is handed down from father to son in the Dial family of Alabama. The eldest son of a renowned contemporary self-taught artist, Thornton Dial, Jr., creates furniture, assemblage paintings, and sculpture. Although much of his work is satirical, the extensive series of diverse Crucifixion scenes he has created are deeply felt and poignantly realized. In this example, Dial has combined cast-off materials with paint to produce a moving image of suffering.


T. Marshall Hahn Collection