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Academy Art Museum

106 South Street

Easton, MD 21601

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Doors open at 5:30pm; film begins at 6pm.

“The (2009) documentary The Art of the Steal explores the controversial plan to move the Barnes Foundation's $25 billion collection of modernist and post-impressionist art from its longtime home in the Philadelphia suburbs to a new downtown gallery — against the wishes of its founder. Directed by Don Argott: ‘We wanted to tell the story from the ground up, which is what we did.’”
— Joel Rose, All Things Considered, 2/25/10

“The moment (Don Argott) set foot in the galleries that housed the Barnes collection, a trove that included 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses and 46 Picassos, along with countless other items of visual art, ranging from metalwork to Medieval manuscripts to African sculpture” he realized that people had strong feelings about it.
— Constance Rosenblum, “Requiem for a Jumble of Artworks”, The New York Times, 2/19/10

“Using archival material, talking heads and graphics to present a case that audience members will find either compelling or strident, depending on their point of view, The Art of the Steal brings to life one of the most adored and detested figures in the American art world...Albert C. Barnes.”
— Rosenblum

Don Argott is a director and cinematographer, known for Last Days Here (2011), Sex Drive (2008) and The Girl Next Door (2004).




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