Friday, February 26, 2010

"There can be no denying the public benefit, both for the city of Philadelphia and the general public, of opening the collection to a wider audience"

Mark Lamster in The Architect's Newspaper: "Argott fails to engage or even acknowledge the two central questions the Barnes controversy (and his film) raises. First, why should reasonable people be forced to live with the intransigent intentions of a man who’s been dead for half a century? And second, might the Barnes collection actually be better off in a purpose-built museum in downtown Philadelphia, where it will be far more accessible to the general public, and a boon to that city’s teetering economy."