I found myself constantly laughing at the ideology that Dr. Albert Barnes held. In an attempt to free of himself from the elitism of the art world, he in fact became one of the most elitist art collectors of all. I am more than thrilled that the Barnes collection is moving to the Philadelphia parkway. Although it appears to be some evil "scheme," the move was NECESSARY! A very biased and exaggerated documentary.
People will do anything to get their hands on $30 billion worth of art... even defiling the dead and with it the public's trust. This is a compelling picture that sketches out a conspiracy that is as dramatic and alarming as any first-rate thriller.
Its accused of being "biased" or "one-sided" but its a documentary....not journalism. A documentary is very much about perspective and how one sees the world. The Director chose to see it how Barnes did.
For all of the bureaucratic and capitalist crookedness that has sabotaged the Barnes institution, I still find the film's agenda not only one-sided, but myopic and tough to swallow. This could've been a good opportunity to get into a dialogue of the contradictory nature of Albert Barnes' vision, who gets to access such art, the already heavily commodified art market, etc.
Este documental podría causar un gran dilema. Es pues el "arte" visto como un elemento puro o como un producto de mercado y consumo. Hay ese debate entre valorizar artísticamente (que para otros es idílicamente) o económicamente (que para su contrarios sería vana usura). Pero lo que no se pregunta el documental es: ¿podrán convivir ambos?