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The Barnes Foundation has a pretty stellar rating on TripAdvisor.com. Out of 471 reviews, only 19 were negative. And of those 19, a particularly incendiary comment was posted yesterday by one "Kent R." of Lunenberg, MA: "Barnes museum fails to WOW."Kent came in with "high expectaion" [sic] for his visit, as he's a "museum professional." Unfortunately, "intrusive guardes, massive crowds and weird interior speces made for a very short visit."Here are a few more specific gripes:When asked to read the words of a cartoon that was placed by a door the guard just looked at me as if I were
The last time the Barnes Foundation exhibited contemporary art, the year was 1923, the collection had just opened, and the reviews were disastrous. “The drawings of insane patients are far superior to the alleged works of art I saw at the exhibition," wrote Dr. William H. Wadsworth of paintings by Matisse and Modigliani. "Legal action should be taken to suppress such works."The Barnes's forthcoming show will feature five wall sculptures by Ellsworth Kelly, to commemorate both its 90th birthday and Kelly's. While the exhibit is in part a celebration of the Barnes's new Parkway home, it's got a trace of old
Looks like that move to the Parkway has worked out pretty well. The Barnes Foundation is raising its ticket prices from $18 to $22 for most hours of the day, starting May 1. The reason? Too many people are coming to the new museum—raising prices is intended to keep a few art lovers away! Really! That's really the reason they're raising prices!And the proles are creating problems, doing things like standing too close to the sculptures and making people anxious, and there's enough poor-versus-rich stuff going on here to make up the faintly ludicrous plot of a 1930s Marx Brothers
The New York Times takes readers inside the Barnes Foundation's attempt to fix a Greek pyxis—an earthenware box from around 750 B.C.—that was broken in the museum sometime during the 1950s.Margaret A. Little, senior conservator of objects, has been studying and working on the piece for more than a month now, removing weak adhesives and pieces of filler material used by earlier restorers, probably including one in the early 20th century, when the vessel made its way into the hands of a Parisian antiquities dealer.“We have at least 75 percent of the original material of the vessel, which is really
The bright bloggers at the Philadelphia Planning Department offer a preview of the "Cultural Corridor Line," a "rapid bus line" that would transfer passengers speedily between the Delaware Waterfront, past the Barnes and Philadelphia Art Museum, all the way to the Mann Music Center. The line is being proposed as part of the full Central District Plan scheduled for release on Tuesday.The planners write:The Cultural Corridor Line will not only connect important attractions, but its service will fill an important transit function – bringing rapid service to the northwestern Center City for the first time (the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Logan Square and Fairmount neighborhoods). To do
Foobooz broke the news last night that Marc Vetri is planning to open a pizzeria at 20th and Callowhill.Check out Foobooz for more details. [Foobooz]
A copy of the lease for Pizzeria Vetri [was] tweeted by Marc Vetri shorty after the chef signed on to open a pizzeria in the currently under construction Granary apartments at 20th and Callowhill. The pizzeria will serve up pizzas similar to Vetri’s Osteria and will also offer beer and salads.
I saw this headline today and immediately felt like going to bed: "Controversial Barnes Foundation Passes Included in Philly's New Hotel Promo." It's from a post on HotelChatter.com that describes an utterly non-controversial tourist package of hotel accommodations and museum passes. It's perfect for art lovers who want to come for a couple nights, hit the Rodin, PMA and PAFA, and then go home. Oh, and the Barnes:Are you familiar with the Barnes Foundation? If not, that in itself is a good excuse to cruise into town for an overnight from New York or Baltimore as the Barnes is, in
You know who has good taste in homes? Architects. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the couple that designed the new Barnes Foundation building, are featured alongside Renzo Piano and Daniel Libeskind in a Wall Street Journal feature on the homes of the distinguished architects themselves. Williams and Tsien, who've been a couple since 1983, share two New York City apartments--a 22nd floor penthouse on Central Park South and a duplex in a ten-story building on the Upper West Side.When you enter the duplex, you are immediately in the kitchen galley. Next you step up to a platform where you can
But not quite as cool as Washington's San Juan Islands. The guidebook publisher put us at number four on its 2013 Top 10 U.S. Destinations list, citing the new Barnes and generally lively arts scene as our main draw. Who topped the list? Bourbon-swilling Louisville. [Philly.com]
The Barnes Foundation used to be unique: a suis generis collection in a genus loci space (one of a kind in a place all its own). Never mind that a wall hung with 10 Renoirs and two Cezannes was just too much of a good thing. I had spent 20 years imagining my trip to the Barnes, and when I finally went in 2009, I felt amused, enriched, stimulated, befuddled, enchanted and glad to be alive.