Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Art of the steal

“The Art of the Steal.”
I read this
By Constance Rosenblum
of The New York Times

BARNES, the museum of late-19th-
and early-20th-century art
tucked away in the suburbs

Let me tell you after realizing
what the $ can do in court a
WILL is not safe.

His art work was valued at $ 25 BILLION
This is a true story, and the same
Judge and people could do it to you.
All your wishes up in smoke.

Albert C. Barnes, founder of the Barnes

Foundation in Merion, Pa.

A 37-year-old documentary filmmaker,

Mr. Argott attended the Art Institute of
Philadelphia and has lived in the city for
13 years, he didn’t understand the passion
that surrounded this highly peculiar
Barnes Foundation, the subject
of his latest film, “The Art of the Steal.”
“Certain people have deep feelings

about the Barnes,” Mr. Argott said the other day
over tea at the
Morgan Library & Museum
in New York, his long curly hair and
dark glasses noticeable among the suits
populating the cafe. “I didn’t understand.
I’d never been there.”That feeling evaporated
the moment he set foot in the galleries
that housed the Barnes collection,
a trove that included 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes,
59 Matisses and 46 Picassos, along with countless
other items of visual art, ranging from metalwork
to Medieval manuscripts to African sculpture.
“I was overwhelmed,” Mr. Argott admitted.

“For one thing, I hadn’t had any idea how
big the place was. I almost welled up.
I’m not sure why. I just suddenly
understood how special it was.”
The museum came to Mr. Argott’s attention

through a former Barnes student
named Lenny Feinberg — “real estate
investor, mountaineer and wine drinker”
as the film’s program notes describe him.
Mr. Feinberg was the driving force and
financial angel behind “The Art of the Steal,”

The eroding of clause after clause of Barnes’s will.
We were trying to tell a compelling story,

using all the tools at our disposal,”
Mr. Argott said. “We didn’t want to make
a boring talking-heads documentary.
We wanted to make a work that would
resonate with audiences, and these are the
kinds of works that do.”
And the emphasis on the will, a leitmotif

of the film? “We’re trying to be storytellers,
telling the story through characters,”
Mr. Argott said. “Whether or not you agree
with the will, it represents Barnes’s point of view,
and it’s our script for how he thought.”
Predictably, the film provoked what an

arts blog described as “big fireworks”
when it was shown last fall at the
New York Film Festival.
“Such a lively debate,” Mr. Argott said

happily, describing the question-and-answer
session that followed the screening. “People
were yelling, screaming at each other.
These issues bring out these emotions.
I’m not sure why. But for some reason
the Barnes stirs something up in people.”
“Barnes’s opinions about art were dogmatic,

and the acolytes he attracted were equally
and possibly more rigid,” said Maggie Lidz,
the estate historian at the Winterthur Museum
near Wilmington, Del., another institution
whose collection was amassed in
the early 20th century.
“Anyone trying to understand the history

of the Barnes institution is presented
with opposing and irreconcilable viewpoints,
” Ms. Lidz added. “Everyone seems to insist
that their stance is the only moral one.
But the problems that beset the Barnes have
never been black and white.
Polarization is as much a part of
Barnes’s legacy as the paintings.”
Some members of the museum world

who have seen the film have also taken
sharp issue with many of M
r. Argott’s conclusions and with the style in which they are presented.
“The film obviously had a message that didn’t reflect the complexities of the issues,” said Linda Eaton, director of collections at Winterthur. “Even if you agree with their conclusions, that the Barnes should stay where it is, this work is a polemic that’s structured to get people riled up, to get them excited and angry.”
“There are valid arguments to be made for moving the collection to a place where more people can see it,” Ms. Eaton added. “And as for the question of whether Barnes’s will should be broken, is a will necessarily the most sacred document in the world?
“Changing the will is a legal issue. But changing the institution is a very different issue. Institutions can’t become fossils if they want to survive.”
And the reaction of the Barnes?
“The film was full of unsubstantiated allegations and very one-sided,” said Derek Gillman, the foundation’s president and executive director, who saw “The Art of the Steal” in Toronto. “It was made by people who were hostile to the move and very angry about it. That’s why we didn’t cooperate with the filmmakers. It was not in our interests to do so.”

Now take some time and see this film
if you love art and the legal system.
It scared me and made me so mad.

Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
Comments are welcome

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Different tastes in Drapes & window treatments

I love this look.
It makes me think if my old house
in Miami Beach. Those high ceilings
and wonderful arched windows.
Built in 1920 the house had huge thick walls.

I had never seen construction like that.
I was from Texas.
Some reds I can't take. My favorite red,
is in the dark brick red family. It's a hard color.

I am crazy for this look. It's so clean looking.

I feel I have been in this room before.

When I purchased a house on Hibiscus Island.
The first thing I did was rip those blue drapes
down. Gave them to Salvation Army.
The dining room was narrow,
the drapes were at the end of room,
besides the side wall was mirriored.
That's not the best place to mirror.
You see everyones bad manners.
That dark blue made the room
have a tunnel effect.

In fact this swag is just what I had.

This is a beautiful bedroom.
Yellows are tricky.
It's all in getting the right hue.
Whats your opion on the drapes?

The cornice it's self is nice.

This curve and the detail is so pretty.

Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
Comments are welcome

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Help! What should I do?

After I left the PWM airport
Some how I hit something?

Just found out_ 1/31

A friend just told me that they
went to get 2 new tires and was
told that Maine law now requires that
all four tires be replaced at once.
Seeing that last year I just replaced two tires
on my vehicle am I looking at needing to
purchase four more this year?
She said her husband went to five or six different
tire dealers who all told him the same thing. $$$$$
somebody passed the law?? If you have a flat you
are looking at $700.00 or more.
They won't sell one tire
Screw that donut it is worthless.
How does that grab your purse?
Mad as Hell.

On the way home,
before I left the Airport
road. I hit the curb. My friend jumped out
to check the damage. It was a flat.
I drove on the rim about 10 blocks and
found a tire store.
Great I'll buy a new tire. HA HA

We go in and he says we don't carry your brand
of tire. I said OK - sell me something close.
He said they can only sell FOUR ( 4) tires
at a time. I said OK put on the spare.
He said we will never make it home
driving a 2 hours drive.
It will blow the transmission.
Said, it's a shame cause all the tires
on your car are brand new.
I was helpless, and scared.
So $629.00 worth of tires
that are not as good as original.
Were put on.
I drove home with all 4 of my orig. tires
Piled 3 high in my trunk and the split one
in back seat.
going to my service station Monday.

What would you have done.?
Please tell me , I was really dumb founded.

HELP! Now what?
How Long Can I Drive
With A “Donut” Spare?
Donut spare tires are not
made for extended service.

They have no tread to speak of;
the carcass or body of the tire
is not reinforced and there is no
tread belt to protect it from
projectiles and road imperfections.
The tire is designed simply to
get you to a
repair facility.
Most of these tires offer a
maximum life of 70 miles.
Oh my gosh! I have a

2 hour ride
back to Rockland

Do Donut Spares Affect The Braking
Or Suspension System?
You may notice poor cornering,
handling, and
braking characteristics.
The donut spare has a smaller footprint
than a conventional tire, which translates
into diminished braking and handling.
With the donut spare in place, you may
find that, when braking, the vehicle dips
to the side where the donut was mounted.
Also, you may notice the vehicle pulling to that side.

The Maine Roads are like 3rd world countries. The
Maine Highway dept. won't fix the roads.
The Taxes go up, then some how the monies disappear.

Check your owner’s manual
for an exact recommended
mileage for the spare tire.
Seventy miles is the rule of thumb.
These tires are not designed
for long-range service.
They are made to get you to
a garage to have
your tire either repaired
or replaced.
Driving on it for an extended
period of time under regular
driving conditions will result
in a blowout in short order,
so get a safe tire on your car
Maybe you can find a reasonably
priced used tire if it has to be replaced.

Why Do Car makers
Put these Spare Tires In Cars?
The use of
donut spares

are a cost and space cutting

Typically the donut spare
takes up much less space and is

cheaper to manufacture than
full size tires and wheels
which translates into more profit for the
car makers. It’s quite a compromise and
a loss for the consumer.

Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
Comments are welcome

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