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James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland, Huntington Museum of Art, Morgantown, West Virginia

March 11-May 28, 2017

Two TJC paintings, Mountain Courtship and Mountain Philosopher, are included in a new major exhibition now on view at the Huntington Museum of Art. James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland examines the refined skills Hopkins displayed as a figure painter working in rural Appalachia in the early twentieth century. Hopkins’ sensitive depictions sought to capture a way of life that was isolated from the modern age and, at the same time, endangered by encroaching urbanization and industrialization.

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Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

February 12-May 7, 2017

During the first half of the twentieth century, the relationship between American artists and their native land changed dramatically. While travel and study in Europe remained a priority, many American artists also felt newly compelled by their national surroundings. Life in the big city, with its bustling crowds and towering skyscrapers, is widely recognized as a key influence, but this exhibition, on view at the High Museum of Art through May 7, reveals how both trained and self-taught artists sought inspiration from wide-open spaces and small-town culture across the United States. Works by more than eighty artists are featured, including examples by several represented in the Johnson Collection, such as Bill Traylor and Hale Woodruff.

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Hattie Saussy: Rediscovery of an Artist, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

January 21-June 11, 2017

Savannah, Georgia, native Hattie Saussy distinguished herself as a significant American painter by effortlessly fusing elements of Impressionism into realist compositions inspired by the Southern landscape. Comprised of thirty-eight works selected from nineteen private and institutional collections throughout the country, this exhibition constitutes the artist's first major retrospective in more than three decades. Two paintings from the Johnson Collection are featured: Wisteria and Sailboat at Bonaventure.

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From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason, Florence County Museum, Florence, South Carolina

January 10-May 28, 2017

A product of the industrialized New South, Eugene Healan Thomason made the obligatory pilgrimage to New York to advance his art education and launch his career. Studying at the renowned Art Students League, he fell under the influence of the leading members of the Ashcan School. Thomason spent a decade in the city, adopting—and eventually adapting—the Ashcan movement’s gritty realistic aesthetic into a distinctive regionalist style that utilized thick paint and simple subject matter. He then returned South and settled in a small Appalachian crossroads called Nebo. For the next thirty-plus years, Thomason mined the rural landscape’s rolling terrain and area residents for inspiration, finding there a wealth of colorful imagery more evocative—and more personally resonant—than the urbanism of New York. This companion exhibition to the book of the same title features a selection of Thomason's paintings, largely drawn from the Johnson Collection.

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