The Art of the Steal – Documentaries I Like

| April 2, 2013

The Art of the Steal by IFC Films

I am a nut about documentaries. I watch one or two per week and I am always thrilled when I find one that captivates me from start to finish. Today’s recommendation is The Art of the Steal, which chronicles a dramatic struggle for control of the Barnes Foundation and its private collection of art valued at more than $25 billion. To give you an idea of the breadth of The Barnes Collection, it grew to include more Cézannes than in all the museums in Paris, as well as 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, and 181 Renoirs. As a result, the Barnes collection is considered one of the post important post-impressionist and early modern art collections in the world…something anyone would like to get their hands on.

About Dr. Albert Barnes and the Barnes Foundation

Dr. Albert C. Barnes was an American physician and chemist who became an avid art collector after amassing a fortune from the development and commercialization an antiseptic drug used to treat gonorrhea. In 1922, Barnes established the Barnes Foundation, which was intended to be an educational institution inspired by his incredible collection art located in a mansion in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. During his later years, Barnes went to great lengths to ensure that the school and collection would remain out of the reach of the powerful Philadelphia political and art establishments. Did he succeed? You will have to watch the documentary to find out!

Category: Fine Art and Painting