Newest “Columbus Museum on Tour” Exhibition Opens at the Bo Bartlett Center
30 May 2023
The Columbus Museum’s newest “on tour” exhibition opened this week at the Bo Bartlett Center in uptown Columbus, Georgia. Facts & Figures: Contemporary Realism from The Columbus Museum presents the very best of the style's paintings from the holdings of the Museum's permanent collection. Anchored by the work of beloved local artist Bo Bartlett, the selection fans out from other local practitioners like Lamar Baker, Henry Nordhausen, and Dale Kennington as well as nationally recognized painters Wes Hempel, Janet Fish, and Steven Assael.
After World War II, contemporary realism arose as a reaction to the dominant form of abstract expressionism. The style encompassed artists who maintained a loyalty to figuration and observable reality yet who acknowledged the lasting changes of modernism on studio practices and aesthetic strategies of the time. This exhibition provides visual evidence to visitors of the style’s different inflections since the 1950s.