"Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial"

February 23, 2011

Feb. 25-Sept. 18
Indianapolis Museum of Art

A highlight of the 2008 Indianapolis International Film Festival was the documentary "Mr. Dial Has Something to Say." Now, two years later, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is showing us exactly what has been on Mr. Dial's artistic mind before and after he was discovered by the outsider art movement.

In the largest retrospective ever of Dial's work, more than 75 works by the self-taught contemporary artist will be featured. Included among the paintings, drawings and found-art assemblages are 25 works that have never been shown publicly before.

One piece will be sticking around after the show leaves: The IMA recently acquired Dial's "Don't Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together" for its permanent collection. Details here.