Amazing to learn of yet one more way that deep-pocket, politically connected organizations and power-drunk trustees, mayors and governors can team up to flout the law and claim that a public service has been accomplished. Fascinating how documentaries can uncover what our legal system does not. Freedom of speech ROCKS!
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?
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.