John Anderson
Art Held Hostage: The Story of the Barnes Collection
January 08, 2019 Comments.. 987
Art Held Hostage: The Story of the Barnes Collection John Anderson This is the story of how a fabled art foundation the greatest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art in America came to be, and why it is now, thanks to than a decade of legal squabbling, on the brink of financial collapse The Barnes Collection has been conservatively valued at than 6 billion and includes some 69 C zannes than in all the muThis is the story of how a fabled art foundation the greatest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art in America came to be, and why it is now, thanks to than a decade of legal squabbling, on the brink of financial collapse The Barnes Collection has been conservatively valued at than 6 billion and includes some 69 C zannes than in all the museums of Paris combined , 60 Matisses, 44 Picassos, 18 Rousseaus, 14 Modiglianis, and no fewer than 180 Renoirs Yet the Barnes is in crisis Its founder, Dr Albert C Barnes 1872 , grew up in the slums of late nineteenth century Philadelphia only to become first a physician and later a pharmaceutical king By 1920, this self made man was already well on his way to becoming one of the great art collectors of his day But this is also the story of Richard Glanton, who escaped poverty in rural Georgia to become a high flying, politically powerful Philadelphia lawyer It was Glanton who took the Barnes art on its celebrated worldwide tour, renovated the galleries and presided over a decade of expensive litigation The most famous of these court cases this one in federal court pitted the Barnes against its wealthy neighbors The goal A 52 car parking lot for the Barnes The cost than 6 million in legal fees Today, Glanton is no longer president of the Barnes, and the new board is seeking to move the collection into the city Yet another court case will decide whether they can or not The battle of the Barnes has only just begun Here, at long last, is the whole truth about the Dickensian legal tug of war unimaginably tangled, unsparingly vicious, unprecedentedly cynical that threatens the survival of one of the greatest private art collections of the twentieth century From now on, anyone who seeks to understand the desperate plight of the Barnes Collection will have to start by reading this important book Terry Teachout, author of The Skeptic A Life of H L Mencken John Anderson has produced a riveting account of curators, trustees, and lawyers fighting for control of the world famous Barnes Collection of French impressionist art from the 1950s to the present Based on hundreds of revealing interviews, Art Held Hostage reads like a superb mystery novel This gem of investigative reporting is a sure contender for the national best seller lists Howard R Lamar, Sterling Professor Emeritus of History, Yale University. Art Held Hostage The Story of the Barnes Collection This is the story of how a fabled art foundation the greatest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art in America came to be and why it is now thanks to than a decade of legal squabblin
  • Title: Art Held Hostage: The Story of the Barnes Collection
  • Author: John Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780393048896
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Art Held Hostage: The Story of the Barnes Collection John Anderson

    • DOWNLOAD BOOK ✓ Art Held Hostage: The Story of the Barnes Collection - by John Anderson
      236 John Anderson
    • thumbnail Title: DOWNLOAD BOOK ✓ Art Held Hostage: The Story of the Barnes Collection - by John Anderson
      Posted by:John Anderson
      Published :2019-01-08T06:58:28+00:00

    1 Blog on “Art Held Hostage: The Story of the Barnes Collection

    1. Carol says:

      It has been called the greatest theft of art since the Second World War The story is about how a private collection of paintings became the envy of the Louvre, the MET and other major institutions The Barnes Collection is one man s vision against the forces of greed, pride and politics Founded in 1922 by wealthy American drug developer and art collector Albert C Barnes, the Barnes Foundation became the finest collection of paintings by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Van Gogh and other masters Housed [...]

    2. Stephen says:

      As a college student in Philadelphia I was never inside the Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion, PA However I spent a lot of time roaming around the stunning 12 acre arboretum that surrounds the main building, designed by Paul Cree I took two botany classes that focused on plant taxonomy and we did a lot of field work tromping with our guide books and drawing pads collecting leaves, bark and other detritus So I was aware enough about this story as things became public what a clusterfuck it became [...]

    3. Sue says:

      The dirty politics of Philadelphia are disgusting and illuminating The way people can bully their way onto boards and do as they please cause of the nature of boards is most unfortunate Also illuminates how plans for foundations w lots of can go awry years later or right away, lawyers having been consulted.

    4. Mike says:

      fascinating story, leads up to the excellent documentary The Art of the Steal This is one of the most important collections of art in the world, and it is being used as commodity of power and social standing I guess art long has.

    5. Will says:

      This presents itself as an incisive and fascinating work of Investigative Journalism I found it annoyingly, excuse me, black and white We are presented with a stream of how Richard Glanton is bad, bad, bad which makes him into a cartoonish villain, and leaves me wondering what the case on his side is As Mark Twain said of the Devil, he may have a poor one, but he has one I am also left wondering why we should care The presentation is also poor, doing things like throwing the Ku Klux Klan Act at [...]

    6. Daniel Farabaugh says:

      This book started out very good The story of Barnes himself and the way that he amassed his fortune and collection was fascinating He combined both being nuts and having a number of redeeming qualities that made him an enigma As it got into the later details of the legal battle this book got a little dry and at times hard to keep straight The end picked up again as the final legal fights were waged.

    7. Katie says:

      So obsessed with the Barnes trust and the personality conflicts that led to its move I have seen the documentary Art of the Steal multiple times before reading this While the book obviously is in depth about the legal ramifications of the trust and the personalities behind the move, I recommend skipping reading the book and watching the film instead It s recent and focused on the move to Philadelphia.

    8. Ali Kutner says:

      I just found this book to be very bland and boring I would have liked to develop of a personal feel for the major players before diving into the story I think that would have brought it to life a little , for me It just felt very two dimensional.

    9. Kate says:

      I rarely say this, but in this case I thought the movie was better than the book Skip this book and watch the documentary The Art of the Steal title tt1326733 It s up to date and told with a interesting narrative.

    10. Penny Klabunde says:

      Power plays from the very beginning

    11. Marianne says:

      A really well done tale of corruption and mismanagement and ugly politics that befell the Barnes.

    12. Jrs says:

      What a dry rambling mess Typos galore, along with the inability to deftly summarize legal proceedings, made this a bear to read as the story unfolded.

    13. John Hopkins says:

      The struggle over control of the famed Barnes Collection, owner of priceless Impressionist works, approached on the Byzantine John Anderson tells it well.

    14. Audreycat says:

      very interesting.

    15. Nate Hendrix says:

      I saw a documentary about this art collection and the controvery surrounding it The documentary was very interesting This book was dry and a little boring.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *