The New Barnes As Gesamtkunstwerk–Total Art

 

Tom Crane | New York Magazine

  • In New York Magazine, two complimentary pieces by Justin Davidson and Jerry Saltz explore the Barnes Foundation’s new space on the Parkway. Both betray a hesitance to wholly digress into the kind of myopic talking points that have entertained and irked this city for the past two decades: the thievery of an imperial metropolis, the domination of an urban moneyed elite, or the incontrovertibility of one man’s will to dictate the tastes of future generations. For Davidson, the new Barnes stands as “a ravishing reliquary for a dead man’s embalmed dreams;” for Saltz, it is Gesamtkunstwerk—total art.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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