( Fri., Mar. 30, 2012 - Sun., Jul. 1, 2012 )
Ackland Art Museum, 101 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
While most recognized for his large scale, multi-media assemblages, Thornton Dial’s drawings are his most prolific body of work, spanning from the early 1990s into the present. Organized by the Ackland Art Museum, Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper will feature 50 of Dial’s earliest drawings from 1990-1991, a pivotal moment in his artistic career. The Ackland Art Museum is well known for its extensive collection of works on paper and in particular, its outstanding collection of drawings, making it a natural venue in which to explore this less-known but highly significant portion of Dial’s oeuvre. The works in the exhibition – characterized by flowing lines, color washes, and images of women, fish, and tigers – provide a touchstone of Dial’s creative process.