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The Art of the Steal 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… Unrated PT101M Documentary
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The Art of the Steal

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The Art of the Steal | THE COLLECTOR Albert C. Barnes in The Art of the Steal
THE COLLECTOR Albert C. Barnes in The Art of the Steal
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Rated: Unrated; Length: 101 Minutes; Genre: Documentary

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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Originally posted Mar 03, 2010 Published in issue #1093 Mar 12, 2010 Order article reprints