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+
THE COLLECTOR Albert C. Barnes in The Art of the Steal
Genre: Documentary; Director: Don Argott; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 101; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted March 3 2010 — 12:00 AM EST
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