Routh's 'The South in Black and White' to be Exhibited at GMOA
The Georgia Museum of Art will be exhibiting over 30 graphic works of art by James E. Routh Jr. Aug. 25 to Oct. 21. The exhibition features prints and paintings Routh created traveling through the South during the Great Depression.
The show features scenes that depict rural Georgia when it was dominated by the cotton industry. Associate curator of European art at GMOA stated in a press release, "Routh's depiction of the state of the land shows it as it was in the 1930s and 1940s. It causes the viewer to think about the decades of abuse toward the land that led up to its appearance as Routh recorded it."
Routh does not directly address poverty in his works however the struggles experienced in the South are apparent in his works. Valeri states, "Routh shows a snapshot of the land at a particular moment, but it is living history."