Don't miss the fascinating exhibit in the new temporary gallery. 'Ensembles' illuminates Dr. Barnes' life, philosophy and quirky personality in a wonderful display of correspondence with artists and dealers, photos of his family (including the most beloved member, his dog) and collaborators, memorabilia (a bottle of Agyrol among other things.) His caustic, cranky, very lively sense of humor comes across best in letters he wrote rejecting the efforts of the 'high and mighty' to gain admission to see his pictures. Artists and manual laborers had much less trouble. We can all be glad we don't have to ask his personal permission to enter the Barnes, but he can be happy - I hope - that so many more 'common folk' can now be enriched by his art.
photos by Marilyn MacGregor
I also have a longer article about the Barnes opening in the Broad Street Review - click to read it