This beautiful image is by artistic giant, Thornton Dial. It is titled “Life Go On Altogether” and is one a series of works that explored the complex relationships between men and women. It is donated by Bill Lowe Gallery, recognized for thirty years as the pre-eminent contemporary gallery in the Southern United States.
In Dial’s work the cat always represents “the male” and it was Dial’s view that women were the only reason the civilized world exists. This piece is the most tender and joyful of the series.
Dial was an Alabama-born African-American artist who has soared to the top of the international art world over the past several years. He was born in 1928 and spent much of his life in the “Jim Crow” south. Dial never learned to read or write but spent thirty-five years of his life working with steel and building Pullman Railroad cars in Birmingham, Alabama. All this time he worked in a barn on his property, where he assembled the detritus of our culture and of nature and made what he called “stuff” to express his feelings. He had no reference for art because in those days blacks – and many rural whites – did not have art as a part of their lives.
Dial was discovered at age 60 by the Atlanta scholar, curator, collector and historian Bill Arnett who began a three-decade advocacy of this work. The work captured the imagination of the art world and Dial has been written about extensively in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The New Yorker and hundreds of newspapers around the country. He has been interviewed on Alabama Pubic Television, CNN and countless other media.
His work has been collected in depth by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Atlanta’s High Museum,
and the museums in Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis and beyond. Recently, Europe’s most prestigious museum – the Tate Modern in London – has decided to add a Dial to their permanent collection as well.
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art presents a show of Dial’s work this May and will position Dial on a par with Picasso, Pollock, Jaspers Johns, Kiefer, Warhol and Basquiat. Dial has been
collected by top collectors all over the country and abroad. He is represented in the South by Bill Lowe Gallery on Miami Circle in Buckhead. The piece has a retail value of $18,000.
The view by art world authorities is that Dial’s works will soar exponentially in value in the coming few years. It is a beautiful image and spectacular investment. The opening bid will be $5000.