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The Art of the Steal

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The Art of the Steal

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
101 minutes
director:
Don Argott
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

DIRECTED BY Don Argott

Art lovers may recognize the name Albert Barnes, the man with a collection rumored to be worth $25 billion, which he housed in his suburban Merion, PA estate. Barnes arranged and built the collection to exist as an educational institution, restricting visits and refusing his work to be lent, moved, or sold. After his death in 1951, The Barnes Foundation struggled to maintain their namesake’s wishes, as the city of Philadelphia persistently tried to gain control and move the collection within city limits. ”The scandal of the art world,” told in riveting fashion, Argott’s documentary ”paints” the captivating story of how a small-town art community went toe-to-toe against the villainous big city, allowing for one man’s last wishes to get left behind.