Owen Gleiberman
March 03, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

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+

A suspenseful art-world documentary in which the forces of art and money collide ferociously. On one side is the Barnes Foundation, the great collection of post-Impressionist paintings amassed by Albert C. Barnes, who specified that they be hung in a mansion in suburban Philadelphia. On the other side is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which covets the collection. At times, The Art of the Steal is a bit too shocked by the vulgarity of commerce, but it’s memorable when it meditates on the changing face of where we look at art, and how that changes the art itself. B+

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