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.