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New exhibit explores rural influence on modern American art

A new exhibition takes a look at how American artists found inspiration in rural landscapes during an era of modernist art that was more closely associated with cities.

"Cross Country: The Power of Place in American Art, 1915-1950" opens Sunday at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. It features about 200 works from more than 80 artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Grant Wood, Jacob Lawrence and Andrew Wyeth. It is divided into five geographical regions — the South, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast and the West — based on the part of the country featured in the works.

"The thing that they all share is that these are all works that reflect an artist thinking...