October 10, 1990 |
E. Roger Mandle was a graduate art student when the memorable letter came more than 25 years ago. The reclusive Barnes Foundation here in suburban Philadelphia had granted his request for a rare look at the magnificent paintings assembled by one of the most enigmatic, obsessive and powerful figures in the history of American art. "It was sort of like getting access to the Kremlin," Mandle recalled. The young student beheld one of the grandest private collections in America, assembled by Dr.
May 18, 2012 |
“To mortal man, how great a scourge is love,” is one of countless ingenious lines that adorn “The Children” at the Theatre @ Boston Court. Michael Elyanow's stunning riff on the Medea myth rips Euripides into current-day context, and rams its meanings into our brainpans. Beginning before a Stygian drape that masks designer François-Pierre Couture's jagged-wood set, an aptly named Man-In-Slacks and Woman-In-Sundress (Sonny Valicenti and Paige Lindsey White, both beyond praise)
January 30, 2004 |
Trustees of the cash-strapped Barnes Foundation who requested court approval to move the foundation's multibillion-dollar art collection from an affluent suburb of Philadelphia to the center of the city have been sent back to the drawing board.
March 11, 2010 |
Call it art appreciation as battle royal. The emotionally charged new documentary "The Art of the Steal: The Untold Story of the Barnes Collection" takes what might otherwise have remained a local matter of consequence only to art aficionados and blue bloods -- the decision to move a valuable art collection from an affluent Philadelphia suburb into the city's downtown area -- and presents the legal tussle and decades-spanning tug of war surrounding the...
May 24, 2001 |
THE ARTS Less-Seen Barnes Works Will Tour The Barnes Foundation has won a court order allowing it to have seldom-seen paintings, many in storage for up to 50 years, displayed at other museums. The tour, the first since a mid-1990s traveling show of better-known Barnes paintings that drew record crowds worldwide, will be limited to works kept in storage and hung in the cash-strapped educational foundation's administrative offices.
December 12, 2003 |
Albert C. Barnes always had very specific ideas about his art collection. He amassed an astonishing cache of paintings, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 60 Matisses, 44 Picassos, 18 Rousseaus and 14 Modiglianis, and had a bridge constructed to connect his house to the building that contained them. According to Barnes lore, when he couldn't sleep he padded across it in his robe and slippers and tweaked the arrangement of his treasures.
May 4, 2007 |
As a profession, architecture has never included many refuseniks, those who decline to work for a particular client out of principle. Architects by nature believe in the power of the new to improve upon the old or even redeem it. Often they think that a building, if completed with enough skill, can make irrelevant the question of whom it was designed for or what it replaces.
September 3, 2002 |
Inside the Barnes Foundation, a French Renaissance chateau set in a fenced arboretum on Philadelphia's western shoulder, hangs one of the world's most spectacular art collections. Masterpieces are displayed literally from floor to ceiling: Cezanne's "Bathers" and "The Card Players," Seurat's "Models," Van Gogh's signed "Postman." The gallery is so crammed with priceless works that Matisse's "Joy of Life" is confined to a stairwell. The Musee d'Orsay in Paris owns 94 works by Renoir.
June 10, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia, the city that gave us Poor Richard, cheese-steak sandwiches and the American Constitution, just opened a new treasure: the Barnes Foundation, one of the premier privately assembled collections of painting in the U.S. with more dreamy Renoirs and searching Cézannes than in the whole of France. Its arrival in May halfway between the landmark City Hall and Museum of Art on Benjamin Franklin Parkway - Philly's Champs Élysées - gives visitors a chance to see what was once an almost secret stash of great art. The catalog is astounding, even apart from Renoirs and Cézannes: "The Joy of Life" and "The Dance," by Matisse, Seurat's "The Models," Van Gogh's "The Postman," Manets, Modiglianis, Sisleys, Picassos and more than a dozen Henri "Le Douanier" Rousseaus, all previously hard to access, thanks in part to the collection's former home in Merion, a 45-minute bus ride from downtown.