Thursday, March 5, 2015

Barnes Battle featured in New Documentary

The long legal battle over moving the Barnes Foundation out of Montgomery County into the city of Philadelphia is documented in a new documentary, "The Art of the Steal." Mostly positive reviews are pouring in for the film, currently making the rounds of film festivals, which is reportedly sympathetic to the efforts to keep the financially struggling museum at it's original site, the home of the late collector Albert Barnes.

Barnes Battle featured in New Documentary

The long legal battle over moving the Barnes Foundation out of Montgomery County into the city of Philadelphia is documented in a new documentary, "The Art of the Steal." Mostly positive reviews are pouring in for the film, currently making the rounds of film festivals, which is reportedly sympathetic to the efforts to keep the financially struggling museum at it's original site, the home of the late collector Albert Barnes.

Here's an excerpt from a story this week in the Wall Street Journal:

"The Art of the Steal" breaks no significant news—at least not to anyone who has been closely following the saga. The film's accomplishment is to make a sometimes arcane tale involving art, law and the politics of philanthropy comprehensible and compelling to a general audience.

For more details on "The Art of the Steal," click here.

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