Thornton Dial

Mr. Dial Has Something to Say, 2007

from Celia Carey on Vimeo.

Thornton Dial was born on a cotton plantation and did steel work, never learning to read or write – and was a self-taught artist. Discovered by Lonnie Holley, he was later approached by Bill Arnett who bought Dial’s work into the white world of art. Controversy that tarnished the two men’s reputations provides insight into the life of black artists and ‘outsider’ art through the eyes of white art institutions. The positive return of the story becomes that the black artist is given legitimacy and been accepted, their art being taken in by the institutions that had initially devalued them.



Frida Kahlo

Frida painting The Two Fridas photograph by Nickolas Muray 1939
Frida painting ‘The Two Fridas’ photograph by Nickolas Muray 1939

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

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Roots (1943)

“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”

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Self-Portrait Along the Border Line Between Mexico and the United States (1932)

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”

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My Grandparents My Parents and Me (1936)
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Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (1943)

“They are so damn ‘intellectual’ and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore….I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those ‘artistic’ bitches of Paris.”

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Nude of Eva Frederick

“You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.”

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The Abortion

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”

Fantast drawing Frida Khalo

Paintings, drawings, and quotes by Frida Kahlo. Images sources