May 15, 2009
THE Museum of Art was originally going to be built on Lemon Hill and there are drawings showing it there. Someday, it might be said that the new home of the Barnes was going to be built a long half-mile away from the art museum, and there are drawings showing it there, too. The folkloric story of Albert Barnes vs. the establishment is a famous Philadelphia story of blue-collar Barnes making his fortune, buying underappreciated French paintings and...
December 30, 2003
Before Judge Stanley Ott decides whether the Barnes Foundation can change its bylaws and relocate, I hope he realizes that the rationale for keeping the Barnes in Merion is based more on smug self-interest than on what is best for the collection. Those fighting a Barnes move offer the same, flawed arguments: 1. The Barnes Foundation was meant to serve as a school, not a museum. First, the Barnes has already evolved, at least in part, into a museum in Merion (there is an admission fee, an audio tour and a gift shop)
May 25, 2007 |
The Fairmount Park Commission in a special meeting last night approved a proposed lease that would allow the Barnes Foundation's museum and school to move to Philadelphia. Now it will be up to the City Council to approve the lease which Joseph Grace, Mayor Street's spokesman, said the administration hopes will happens before the Council ends its session next month. For a payment of $10, the foundation, now based in Merion, would get a 99-year lease on the site of Youth Study Center on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
February 2, 2012 |
Once the hoopla of its grand opening has subsided in May, the Barnes Foundation will be open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday, from 9:30 in the morning until 6 at night. Adults will shell out $18 for a ticket to enter the gallery, opening officially to the general public May 19 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Seniors will pay $15 and students $10; children 5 and under are free.) A series of opening events will culiminate in 60 hours of round-the-clock free public access over Memorial Day weekend, May 26 to May 28. "The general admission prices and the membership benefits are in line with our sister institutions," said Andrew Stewart, a Barnes spokesman.
March 26, 2011 |
The state attorney general and the Barnes Foundation have asked Montgomery County Orphans' Court to dismiss the eleventh-hour legal effort to block the relocation of the foundation's renowned art collection from Merion to Philadelphia. The latest turn in the lengthy legal proceedings over the Barnes and its trove of Cezannes, Renoirs, Matisses, and other masters came after opponents of the move filed a court petition last month to reopen the case. In that petition, the Friends of the Barnes asked Judge Stanley R. Ott, who has presided over the case since 2002, to take another look, based largely on quotes from the 2009 documentary movie The Art of the Steal . The Barnes and the attorney general argue in their responses that there is nothing new in the opponents' legal briefs or the movie, and that the Friends of the Barnes and its members cannot intervene in the case anyway because they have no legal standing.
June 28, 2011 |
The Barnes Foundation announced today that it has surpassed the $200 million fund-raising target for construction of its new facility on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. The foundation, which has struggled financially in its longtime location in Merion, also reported that it has seen rapid growth in museum membership - from 400 members two years ago to over 10,000 now. "Surpassing our initial fund-raising mark and attracting thousands of members clearly demonstrate enthusiasm for the Barnes Foundation's compelling vision of access and openness," said Bernard C. Watson, chairman of the foundation's board of trustees, in a statement.
October 23, 2002 |
Joanna McQuail Reed, 85, whose four-acre garden near Malvern attracted visitors from all over the world, died Monday of congestive heart failure at Phoenixville Hospital in Chester County. Mrs. Reed, who until about a year ago could be found working in her garden at almost any time of the day, gardened for more than 60 years at Longview Farm, creating what many considered a living work of art. Garden and gardener were featured in about 100 articles in magazines and newspapers over the years, said her daughters Jane Lennon and Susie Novoa, as well as in six or seven books.
May 2, 2008 |
A walk in the woods with Ernie Schuyler is like no other. He ambles along in slo-mo, stopping here, poking there, looking up, down, overhead and sideways, exclaiming "Wow!" and "Look at this!" and, with humble candor, "How did I miss that?" Schuyler, curator emeritus of botany at the Academy of Natural Sciences, prefers "Ernie" to his given name, Alfred. He's a beer connoisseur in a baseball cap who, despite his fancy title and expertise on sedges and mid-Atlantic plants, is about as down-to-earth as a learned botanist can be. Which is where you'll find him these days: down to earth, literally, walking the grounds at Ker-Feal, the 138-acre retreat in Chester Springs that belonged to the late Albert and Laura Barnes.
January 29, 2004 |
With the fate of one of the world's greatest private art collections in his hands, Montgomery County Orphans' Court Judge Stanley Ott will issue a decision this morning on the Barnes Foundation's proposal to move its gallery from its garden setting in Lower Merion to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City. The judge's office said yesterday that he would meet privately with attorneys in the case at 11 a.m. today. After that, the opinion will be made public. Harvey Wank, one of three Barnes art students who contested the foundation's proposal in court, learned yesterday while on his way to class at the foundation that the decision would come down today.
May 3, 2004 |
Moving the Barnes Foundation collection to Center City is the worst idea anyone in Philadelphia has had since the decision to bomb MOVE. The Barnes estate in Lower Merion is, as Albert Barnes designed it to be, the ideal site for his unrivaled trove of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterworks. The next-worst idea about the Barnes is stripping it of its assets, chief among them the Ker-Feal estate in West Pikeland Township, Chester County, to prop up its profligate administration.