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Thomas Collins Leaves PAMM for Barnes Foundation

Five-year Pérez Art Museum Miami director Thomas Collins (better known as Thom) will now return to his native Philadelphia as the new director of the Barnes Foundation. He’ll be taking over for COO and CFO Peg Zminda, the acting director after the 2013 departure of Derek Gillman — who recently announced his new position at Christie’s as chairman and senior vice president of Impressionist and Modern art. “Thom is a national leader in the visual arts and is recognized for his expertise and breadth of knowledge in education and art history,” Joseph Neubauer, chairman of Barnes’s board of trustees, said in a statement. ”His track record in museum leadership, community outreach, and development makes him the right choice to lead the Barnes Foundation at this time.” Before PAMM, Collins worked for five years as director of the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, New York — and before that, he held posts at Baltimore’s Contemporary Museum, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center, Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery, and MoMA. “With its world-class collection, critically acclaimed new building, award-winning programs, growing membership and engaging array of courses in art and horticulture, the Barnes has become increasingly accessible to a more diverse audience than ever before,” Collins said in a statement. “It will be a privilege to lead the Barnes Foundation in its next chapter.”


Barnes Foundation’s Closing of Temporary Exhibition on Appointed Date Sparks Outrage


When it opened over 10 months ago at its controversial new home in Philadelphia’s Center City, the Barnes Foundation’s special exhibitions space (pictured) featured the temporary show “Ensemble: Albert C. Barnes and the Experiment in Education,” which offered a thoroughly researched and fascinating look at the life of Albert Barnes, his work in the pharmaceutical industry, and the process of assembling the prescient art collection his successful medicine business enabled him to acquire. That exhibition was slated to run through March 18 of this year, which it did, but its de-installation last week — to make way for the Barnes’s first-ever contemporary art exhibition, devoted to Ellsworth Kelly — was met with consternation from a group named Barnes Watch. (more…)

Barnes Foundation’s First-Ever Special Exhibition Devoted to Ellsworth Kelly

One of the most conspicuous features of the new Barnes Foundation in Center City Philadelphia is its gallery space dedicated to presenting temporary exhibitions, which featured a show devoted to the Foundation’s history when the new museum building opened last May. Now the new Barnes is preparing for the first special exhibition in its 91-year history: A show of Ellsworth Kelly wall sculptures. (more…)

In Contemporary Foray, Barnes Foundation to Show 65-Foot Ellsworth Kelly Wall Sculpture

This spring, the Barnes Foundation opened its controversial new Philadelphia home to largely rave reviews. But ever sensitive to the virulent criticism surrounding the collection’s move from suburban Merion, Pennsylvania, to the new $100 million museum, Barnes representatives always seem to take pains to pay homage to the institution’s opinionated founder, Albert C. Barnes. So it was at yesterday’s press lunch for the upcoming exhibition, “Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall,” May 4-September 2, 2013, in which executive director Derek Gillman described the “many similarities” between Kelly and Barnes. (more…)

Keep Up With Hurricane Sandy-Related Art Cancellations and Closings Here

Hurricane Sandy has put the entire East Coast on alert. While you’re busy filling pots with water and stockpiling canned food, we here at ARTINFO have compiled a handy list of art events that have been cancelled or postponed and art institutions that are closed on account of the apocalyptic weather. (They are organized by the date they were originally scheduled to take place and will be continually updated.) If nothing else, this list should serve as a reminder of how many cultural events take place in New York every day.


The Sculptor-Turned-Art Shipper Who Moved the Barnes Foundation

In 1979 the sculptor Hal Jones presented his work to legendary Philadelphia Museum of Art director Anne d’Harnoncourt, only to have her marvel over its packaging and offer him a job as a contractor building crates for the museum. It wasn’t what he was looking for, but he took it, and three decades later his art shipping company Atelier Art Services got one of the most high-profile contracts in American art history: moving the Barnes Foundation’s treasure trove of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art to its controversial new home. (more…)

New Barnes Foundation Gets Hilarious Hitler “Downfall” Meme Treament

The group Friends of the Barnes Foundation — which has tirelessly protested the displacement of Albert Barnes’s collection from Lower Merion to Center City Philadelphia, occasionally at great expense — has been at times conspicuous by its absence during the fanfare leading up to last week’s opening of the new Barnes Foundation. But they have voiced their opposition in a new YouTube video (see below), a Barnes-themed iteration of the ubiquitous Hitler “Downfall” meme — one that was comically misunderstood by one blogger — which likens the museum’s move to a Nazi art heist. (more…)

The Strange Case of the Disappearing Barnes Foundation Protesters

With the new Barnes Foundation’s official opening ceremony underway in Center City Philadelphia as of 40 minutes ago, opponents of the displacement of Albert Barnes’s collection from Lower Merion are sure to be out in full force. They were conspicuously absent during Wednesday’s media preview, when a small platoon of sign-bearers was briefly spotted outside the museum’s front gate before vanishing from sight. (more…)

General Council for Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation, Brett Miller, Found Dead [UPDATED]

Brett Miller, the general council for the Barnes Foundation, was found dead over the weekend at his home, just weeks before the museum is to open its controversial new building in downtown Philadelphia. The museum confirmed the news to The Art Newspaper this afternoon. No further details are currently available. (more…)

See the Barnes Foundation’s New Ellsworth Kelly Sculpture Being Installed

The Barnes Foundation’s new home in Center City Philadelphia is making final preparations for its grand opening in just over a month, and the relocated museum has just finished installing the one major new addition to Albert C. Barnes’s storied collection: a 40-foot-tall public sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly. (more…)