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Art Held Hostage

The Battle over the Barnes Collection

John Anderson (Author)

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“Money, pretension, horrid behavior by cultured people” (New York) —John Anderson’s tale delivers it all in fabulously juicy detail.

This is the story of how a fabled art foundation—the greatest collection of impressionist and postimpressionist art in America, including 69 Cézannes, 60 Matisses, and 44 Picassos, among many priceless others—came to be, and how more than a decade of legal squabbling brought it to the brink of collapse and to a move that many believe betrayed the wishes of the founder, Dr. Albert C. Barnes (1872—1951). Art Held Hostage is now updated with a new epilogue by the author covering the current state of this international treasure and the endless battle over its fate.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34731-9
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Excellent…A substantial work of reporting and historical research.” — Philip Kennicott, Washington Post

“A morality play masquerading as a legal thriller tells us what went wrong [at the Barnes].” — New York Times Book Review

“A chronicle of chaos, [containing] one mind-boggling revelation after another.” — Wall Street Journal

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