Art: WHAT THE MUSEUMS ARE BUYING

ON THE walls of Colorado Springs' Fine Arts Center this week are 58 contemporary American canvases purchased by 47 U.S. museums in the past two years. In one glance visitors could learn what sort of painting most appeals to today's museum directors. The exhibition includes sprinklings of realists and romantics, looking as out of place as women in a poker game. But in total, the show is predominantly abstract.

Explaining their taste, the directors who bought the canvases reproduced on the next two pages threw a good deal of light on the abstractionist trend in acquisitions. The directors' cases:

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