Kriston Capps watches The Art of the Steal and concludes: "THIS DOC IS INSANE."
I could have told him that a decade ago.
As he says, the bottom line is the Barnes remains:
—With all the paintings exactly the way weirdo Barnes hung them
—In a replica of the original rooms
—Only moved 5 miles
—Where millions of people can visit.
Yeah, a real tragedy.
Remember that the usual suspects were deeply opposed to the five-mile move, including Christopher Knight (who appears in the INSANE DOC and who says "we're used to hearing about corporate takeovers with for-profit corporations. But this was a nonprofit corporate takeover") and Lee Rosenbaum (who wrote an op-ed in the Times under the headline "Destroying the Museum to Save It").
UPDATE: Brian Frye: "The deaccessioning police have always been the gift that keeps on giving. Amusingly, 10 years later, they still haven't ginned up any remotely coherent arguments."