Art: Trend

Which way is U.S. art heading? There have been some signs that it is going away from abstraction. But that is not the trend shown by what museums buy. Last week the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center had on view its fifth biennial show of new acquisitions by U.S. museums. Among the 59 pictures by contemporary U.S. painters, 14 works were realistic. Thirteen were completely nonobjective. Of the rest, a majority could be described as semi-decipherable, mainly because the artists gave a hint of their meanings by the titles. Said Director James Byrnes of the Fine Arts Center: "Nonobjective painting is...

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