The Art of Steal [2009] Don Argott

The Art of the Steal

This film examines the world-famous postimpressionist art collection of Albert C. Barnes and the effort to move his collection from his home in the Philadelphia suburbs to the downtown Philadelphia Museum of Art. Although the film is by no means even-handed (the filmmakers clearly side with Barnes’ intention to keep his art where he pleases), this is one of the few very good illustrations of a growth coalition at work.

Particularly useful for discussing how the arts have become mechanisms for spurring urban growth.


A 9.14 Pictures presentation in association with MAJ Prods. Produced by Sheena M. Joyce. Executive producer, Lenny Feinberg. Directed by Don Argott.


Camera (color), Argott; editor, Demian Fenton; music, West Dylan Thordson; music supervisor, Susan Jacobs; sound, Gary E. Irwin; line producer, Irwin. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Real to Reel), Sept. 10, 2009. (Also in New York Film Festival.) Running time: 101 MIN.


John Anderson, Colin B. Bailey, Julian Bond, Carolyn T. Carluccio, David D’Arcy, Richard Feigen, D. Michael Fisher, Tom L. Freudenheim, Jim Gerlach, Richard H. Glanton, Nancy Herman, Walter Herman, Christopher Knight, Meryl Levitz, Bruce H. Mann, Robert Marmon, Toby Marmon, Ross Mitchell, Barry Munitz, Irvin Nahan, Marcelle Pick, David W. Rawson, Jay Raymond, Edward G. Rendell, Mark D. Schwartz, Harry Sefarbi, Richard Segal, Nick Tinari, Robert Zaller.


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