Art of the Steal

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Studio MPI
SKU 215636090
UPC 030306983394
UPC 14 00030306983394
Format DVD
Release Date 7/27/2010
Rating NR
Editors Note
Note Born into a working-class family in Philadelphia, Albert C. Barnes was a man who through hard work and determination became a doctor and medical researcher, founding a successful pharmaceutical firm that made him a multimillionaire. As his fortune grew, Barnes developed a taste for art and in time assembled one of the world's most remarkable private collections, featuring original paintings by Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Cézanne, and many other important artists. Barnes relied on his own instincts rather than the advice of experts when he bought paintings, and he had little use for the pretentious attitudes of Philadelphia's art collectors and high society; the animosity between Barnes and the city's art establishment grew to the point that in 1922 he opened the Barnes Foundation, a private gallery where he kept his collection rather than share it with institutions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Barnes Foundation was open by invitation only, and the doctor preferred to have his collection seen by students and serious art lovers rather than those he felt didn't appreciate the work. Barnes died in 1951, and made strict provisions in his will that his collection was not to be sold, lent to other museums, or removed from the grounds of the Barnes Foundation. Lincoln University, a traditionally African-American college, was appointed to oversee the foundation's collection. But after the death of Barnes' protégée Violette de Mazia in 1988, Lincoln University's trustees took full control of the collection, now estimated to be worth 25 billion dollars, and a number of individuals and organizations inexperienced in the world of art laid hands upon the Barnes archive. THE ART OF THE STEAL is a documentary by Don Argott that explores how greed, political power, and good intentions colluded to violate Albert C. Barnes' wishes and scatter his collection across the globe. THE ART OF THE STEAL was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Los Angeles Times "[Y]ou're likely to be flabbergasted as THE ART OF THE STEAL details the twists and turns of chicanery and fate that brought his art to the pass it's at today." 03/12/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Barnes] designed every detail of his collection with personal care, grouping paintings to reflect and comment on one another....He loved his collection..." 03/12/2010
Entertainment Weekly "A suspenseful art-world documentary in which the forces of art and money collide ferociously." -- Grade: B 03/12/2010
Cast & Crew
Don Argott - Director of Photography
Demian Fenton - Additional DOP
Gary E. Irwin - Sound
West Thordson - Composer
West Thordson - Music Director
Ben Hickernell - Additional DOP
Julian Bond - Host
Christopher Knight - Host
John Street - Host
Richard H. Glanton - Host
Ross L. Mitchell - Host
Nick Tinari - Host
Dr. Robert Zaller - Host
David d'Arcy - Host
Barry Munitz - Host
John Anderson - Host
Bailey, Colin B. - Host
William Glackens - Host
Irv Nahan - Host
Jay Raymond - Host
Richard L. Feigen - Host
Harry Sefarbi - Host
Lucinda Fleeson - Host
Marcelle Pick - Host
David W. Rawson - Host
Bruce H. Mann - Host
Tom L. Freudenheim - Host
Robert Marmon - Host
Toby Marmon - Host
Walter Herman - Host
Nancy Herman - Host
D. Michael Fisher - Host
Edward G. Rendell - Host
Bernard C. Watson - Host
Carolyn T. Carluccio - Host
Mark D. Schwartz - Host
Jim Gerlach - Host
Suzana Peric - Music Editor
Susan Jacobs - Music Director
Don Argott - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00030306983394
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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