Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Art of the Steal: Barnes-storming

Don Argott's The Art of the Steal, about the utopian past and controversial future of The Barnes Foundation, opens in Philadelphia and New York today. Argott's brief: Not only does moving the unique institution expressly break Barnes'' will, but that it will transform a singular institution into a McBarnes.

The Art of the Steal: Barnes-storming

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Master of his domain: Albert C. Barnes at his Foundation, posing before Cezanne´s "The Card Players."
Master of his domain: Albert C. Barnes at his Foundation, posing before Cezanne's "The Card Players."

Don Argott's The Art of the Steal, about the utopian past and controversial future of The Barnes Foundation, opens in Philadelphia and New York today. Argott's brief: Not only does moving the unique institution expressly break Barnes'' will, but that it will transform a singular institution into a McBarnes.

The reviews range from positive to mixed. Here's Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. And here's Lee Rosenbaum of the culturegrrl blog.  Here's Part II of Rosenbaum's post. And here's mine.

Consider this an open thread for your thoughts about the movie and the proposed move.

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