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Barnes Foundation Remembered ( The Original Home )

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Albert C. Barnes was an interesting and unusual person.  How can I tell when I never met Mr. Barnes? Because he left behind at his estate a record of his heart and mind put together with class and grace and a respect for the history of art and a rebellion against the established art community.

I visited his estate many times while it existed in Merion, Pennsylvania a suburb outside of  Philadelphia, like the Wharton Esherick residence and  Fonthill ( both homes of artists that were left for the public to experience), the encounter with an artist’s home created out their spirit and based on their ideas about art and life takes you into another world where the visitor can see and learn on many levels.

Its removal from Merion was regrettable and against Mr. Barnes wishes, for what was lost is his intricate  sense of combinations and connections between high art and low art and art from different time periods.

When you walked inside there was a sense of time standing still, also you never felt that you could not linger  in front of any wall filled with his personal choices.  You could see places where something was put up then moved, it was as if he was still there around the corner, watching you enjoy his presentations.

 

Room 11, east wall
 
To me he was saying yeah this is a great painting but it is just a painting and see how well it goes with this iron work or sculpture ?it was a democratization of art, a statement against the glorification of art and codification of art that happens in many museums.  Also it was eye level and below or just above so the works were wholly accessible.

Once again I realize that I  lived through a golden age of museums ! When you could go to the Barnes foundation and see all manner of impressionistic painting (one of my interests at the time) or to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and pick up a professionally printed copy of a painting on heavy paper for 25 or 30 cents! 

 So this post is about thanking Mr Barnes, for that experience and to tell him that although his work has been removed and taken down  from the walls of his residence—his ideas and beliefs about art will live on forever in my mind and  in books and pieces written by others, about what you created for the world.

Thank you, Mr. Barnes and all those who sought to keep his estate intact.

I will miss that type of experience as everything unique tends to be generalized homogenized…..but WAIT  we can all create something as Mr. Barnes did, whether big or small that  fights against the wall of homogeny that the global market inevitably produces by reducing everything to what everyone will like, look at the poor tomato– I rest my case.

So, in closing I ask everyone across the globe to make something that you can leave behind for posterity so that in the future someone will write or think or speak about you and the loss of your work.

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Wharton Esherick Studio

 
 
 

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Fonthill
 

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A working class Philadelphian himself, Dr. Albert Coombs Barnes established the foundation in 1922 to “promote appreciation of the fine arts” among the common man. Over the years, the Barnes Foundation has procured one of the most noteworthy collections of early French modern and post-impressionist paintings in the world. Works by artists like Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Picasso and Rousseau are part of the collection.
Merion and Philadelphia,PA 
 
 

Location:Doylestown, PennsylvaniaCoordinates:40.321158°N 75.122902°WCoordinates: 40.321158°N 75.122902°WBuilt:1908Architect:Dr. Henry C. MercerArchitectural style:Mixed (more Than 2 Styles From Different Periods)Governing body:PrivatePart of:Fonthill, Mercer Museum, and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works (#85002366)NRHP Reference#:72001094Significant datesAdded to NRHP:June 1, 1972[1]Designated NHLDCP:February 4, 1985[2

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The Finale Of ARTIFACTS! # 7 #8 # 9

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Number 7

 

Number 8

 

Number 9

 

Better late than never I always say— To put together the whole series of photographs look in categories then Art and you will find the prior photographs – put togeher as follows-

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Look at piece- see what you think- then next week I ruminate about the meaning and or process of construction.

 To review, this art piece was presented in 1993 in Philly the title is ” ARTIFACTS ”  by Barbara Halliday Crawley

 

It is a gift to my readers… late albeit, but still a fantabulous gift!

 

Below is a comment made by my cat when she hopped onto my computer after I exited my studio for a tea..can’t remove it so …that is that! 

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What Is The Most Reproduced Photograph In The World?

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The most reproduced photograph is one of Ernesto ” Che” Guevara,  It has become a symbol of struggle.

 

Documentary DVD of the week –  CHEVOLUTION

Keep your mind from reducing itself to rubber after watching ” reality tv” shows by choosing one documentary a week to watch. 

 From the past are lessons and examples that can expand your life through ideas.

Think reflect grow then write take peaceful action and create a new world.

 

When Mr. Guevara was asked by the photographer  Alberto Korda if he could take his photograph, Mr. Guevara said, chop cane for one week– then you can take my photograph. “

Mr. Korda next to his portrait of Che.

 

Ideas and art change the world.

 

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Artifacts – Flash Art – #6

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Number 6 !

 

ARTIFACTS-

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Images Courtesy of WhiteNile PRODUCTIONS

 

 

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Artifacts – Flash Art – #4 + #5

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Number # 4 and # 5!!

ARTIFACTS-

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Artifacts – Flash Art – #3

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Number 3!

 ARTIFACTS-

 

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 Image Courtesy Of  White Nile Productions

  

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Artifacts – Flash Art – #2

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Number 2!

 

ARTIFACTS-

 

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Image Courtesy Of  Nile White Productions

 

( you know this did not scan as well as the first, the texture at bottom of the pool and the reflections on the top of the water are missing, but ..this is a scanning experiment anyway… the clarity is not the same either, I think I will try scanning all at end without mats…We’ll see)

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