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A 3-dimensional piece made from medical plaster bandages by artist George Segal, and based on Paul Cezanne's still life series, hangs in the executive dining room of the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. While the collection includes such famous names as Segal and Toshiko Takeazu, not every object is a block buster piece, in-house curator, Michael Bzdak said. "But each is chosen with thought ... and how it's a teachable moment for our employees," he said. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
A 3-dimensional piece made from medical plaster bandages by artist George Segal, and based on Paul Cezanne's still life series, hangs in the executive dining room of the world headquarters of Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, N.J. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. While the collection includes such famous names as Segal and Toshiko Takeazu, not every object is a block buster piece, in-house curator, Michael Bzdak said. "But each is chosen with thought ... and how it's a teachable moment for our employees," he said. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(AP) Corporate art buying in North American has fallen off since the boom days of the 1970s and 1980s. But even as the economy improves, some companies are buying less art but doing more to put their works out for the public to enjoy.


According to the International Directory of Corporate Art Collections, there are about 1,500 corporations in the world with art collections.


The directory's editor, Shirley Reiff Howarth, says that since 2000, the percentage of collections listed as "ongoing," or still being added to, has dropped from 55 percent to about 40 percent. But while the volume of buying has gone down, educational programs have increased.


She says collections being are used for more than simply enhancing the walls of the company and its image.


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