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Author: John Anderson
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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (May 2003)
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Art Held Hostage: The Battle over the Barnes Collection by John Anderson



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Art Held Hostage is now updated with a new epilogue by the author covering the current state of this international treasure and the endless battle over its fate. This is the story of how a fabled art foundation-the greatest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art in America, including 69 Cézannes, 60 Matisses, and 44 Picassos, among many priceless others-came to be, and how more than a decade of legal squabbling brought it to the brink of collapse and to a move that many believe betrayed the wishes of the. founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872-1951). Art Held Hostage is now updated with a new epilogue by the author covering the current state of this international treasure and the endless battle over its fate.

John Anderson is the author of three works of nonfiction, including Burning Down the House, which won the Myers Award for outstanding book on race relations in America. He lives in Ossining, New York. I have read another book of some art collections but this one really stands above others, being specifically of a collection I really enjoy. The background maneuvering to build the collection was interesting and obtaining the various pieces of art makes for an intriguing read.

Carol said: It has been called the greatest theft of art since the Second World War. The story is about. Art Held Hostage: The Battle over the Barnes Collection. 0393048896 (ISBN13: 9780393048896). 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. Ho 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.

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Regarding Art Held Hostage, author John Anderson does state that this book is "neither biography nor a work of art history. It is journalism" (p. xi). He also states that this book is "in many ways a legal tale". The saga begins with the life and times of Albert C. Barnes, a Philadelphia business magnet who, after making his fortune during the Depression, becomes one of America’s most important collectors of impressionist and post-impressionist art. The collection includes famed paintings by such luminaries as Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Renoir. Barnes became well known for his harsh personality and instigated a problematic invitation-only policy to his museum, located in a Philadelphia suburb.

The Battle Over the Barnes Collection. The author begins with a fair portrait of Dr. Barnes, amasser of the famous Barnes Collection and creator of the eponymous foundation charged with its preservation. Barnes received his medical degree at 20 and went on to wrest control of a pharmaceutical company that owned exclusive rights to manufacture an internationally prescribed gonorrhea medicine

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The battle for control of America's greatest private art 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 more than a decade of legal squabbling, on the brink of financial collapse. The Barnes Collection has been conservatively valued at more than $6 billion and includes some 69 Cézannes (more 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: more 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
Reviews: 7
Vispel
The Barnes Museum was frought with many challenges. This book goes into detail of all the people who egos and political hunger got in the way of celebrating, promoting and protecting the art. It was sad to see the seaming corruption in my home town so clearly presented. The author did a lot of home work. He worked hard to be a respectful finger pointer.

The new museum which has a much more accessible location I
has all of the problems of the original location in terms of standing back to look at the art. The rooms are small, the guests are plentiful and you can't step far enough back to fully take in the work. The new museum on the Parkway is a contemporary building with the old Barnes house architecturally rebuilt within it. It would have been interesting to the general public to learn more about the dynamics behind that.

I also kept expecting to hear from the author with more strength state that the public, the investors and the judges if I remember correctly were fed up with all the ongoing expensive litigation that seemed so constant in it's old location under the control of the Lincoln College.

This book was definitely an interning read. I would recommend it.
Cktiell
I heard about Art Held Hostage on a radio talk show and had to head straight to Amazon to get it.
I was fortunate to get to see the Barnes Collection when it came to Fort Worth years ago and to read of the real history of the collection was like completing the full circle of knowledge.
I have read another book of some art collections but this one really stands above others, being specifically of a collection I really enjoy.
The background maneuvering to build the collection was interesting and obtaining the various pieces of art makes for an intriguing read
Fearlesssinger
Interesting story but poorly written and goes off on tangents
Dagdalas
Great story about the fighting around the Barnes Collection, with numerous details, cases, etc. Not so much about the collection itself.

Still, an easy and enjoyable read.
Granijurus
After seeing the documentary The Art of the Steal i wanted to read about the details. This book is excellent and dives even deeper on this shocking situation. I recommend seeing the documentary first and then reading the book.
Downloaded
I delighted in reading about a cultural hero.
Phallozs Dwarfs
For anyone interested in art collections, the story behind the Barnes and its recent history make fascinating reading. Kept me interested.
A detailed and eye opening account of what really happened to the Barnes.