The move of the Barnes’ Matisse Dance mural was one of the strangest art stories of 2012: The Barnes Foundation moved a mural Matisse made specifically for where it was sited in Merion, put it in its odd new tourists-oriented site in downtown Philadelphia — and seems to have hoped no one would notice or ask questions about its decision. When the questions came, the Barnes then refused to answer them. The result: An incomprehensible mistake (followed by dumb PR). Sadly, none of this was a surprise: The ‘new’ Barnes is about tourism, not art.
Art-focused Journalism by Tyler Green