To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through September 5, 2011.

To Make a World brings viewers back into the world of the American 1940s, drawing them in through the least likely of places and spaces: not grand actions, not cataclysmic events, not epoch-making personalities, posters, and headlines, but silent regions where some mystery seems always on the verge of being disclosed.

Twenty-two artists are shown alongside Ault’s work, including Paul Sample (Above), Andrew Wyeth, and Edward Hopper.

Above: Paul Sample, Movies-Canton Island, 1943, Oil on canvas.

A few more selections from the exhibition are found after the jump.

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