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“Don’t Matter How Raggly the Flag…”

Thornton Dial (1928-2016), a self-taught artist who worked in cast-off materials, died on Monday (Grimes, 2016). His art commented on black struggle in the South and also on current events. One of his works that I find particularly inspiring, and that is an apt reminder during this political primary season, is “Don’t Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together” (2003):

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Grimes, W. (2016, Jan. 26). Thornton Dial, outsider artist whose work told of black life, dies at 87. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/27/arts/thornton-dial-outsider-artist-whose-work-told-of-black-life-dies-at-87.html?module=WatchingPortal&region=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=wide&state=standard&contentPlacement=1&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F01%2F27%2Farts%2Fthornton-dial-outsider-artist-whose-work-told-of-black-life-dies-at-87.html&eventName=Watching-article-click

Image, “Don’t Matter How Raggly the Flag, It Still Got to Tie Us Together” (2003), from http://www.mintmuseum.org/art/exhibitions/detail/hard-truths-the-art-of-thornton-dial/

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