New Exhibition About 1940s America and Artist George Ault Opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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WASHINGTON, DC.- “To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America” is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., from March 11 through Sept. 5. Alexander Nemerov, the Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, is the curator of the exhibition. Following its presentation in Washington, D.C., the exhibition will travel to two additional venues. During the turbulent 1940s, artist George Ault (1891-1948) created precise yet eerie pictures—works of art that have come to be seen, following his death, as some of the most original paintings made in America in those years. The beautiful geometries of Ault’s paintings make personal worlds of clarity and composure to offset a real world he felt was in crisis. “Historians have recorded the heroic accomplishments and sacrifices of the Second World War,” said Elizabeth Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Dir