Beginning in the mid-1960’s, many artists abandoned Abstract Expressionism to develop new forms of Realist painting. Many artists make paintings from direct observation, and some use the style to depict contemporary life.
The Columbus Museum’s collection of fine and decorative art is a record of the changing artistic tastes of American culture from Colonial times to the present. The collection includes portraits, still lifes, everyday scenes and landscapes, as well as furniture and other decorative art. A succession of galleries highlight particular time periods in American art history. These are interspersed with galleries that focus on a particular style, theme or artist.