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Critic's notebook: John Anderson sheds new light on Barnes' bad move
Critic's notebook: John Anderson sheds new light on Barnes' bad move

Now that the Barnes Foundation has been in its conventional, museum-like new building in downtown Philadelphia for more than a year, one local critic is having second thoughts about the place. Philadelphia Inquirer art critic Edward Sozanski recently wrote that the Barnes used to be "a completely integrated experience involving architecture, horticulture and the presentation of the art." That was when its great Post-Impressionist, early Modern and African art collection was in its historic home five miles away in suburban Merion. Now, as just one more downtown tourist site lined up on the Ben Franklin Parkway, the Barnes "presents itself more as a historical artifact in an...

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