The Art of the Steal

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Director Don Argott examines the history of Pennsylvania's Barnes Foundation, a private art gallery whose owner demanded that the paintings not be resold after his death.

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Free | Apple Trailers Aired: 2/26/2010

Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con comedy about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.

Free | IMDB Videos Aired: 1/1/2009

The Art of the Steal -- A documentary that follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes' 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art.

Free | Trailer Addict Posted: 10/7/2011

The trailer for The Art of the Steal. In 1922, Dr. Albert C. Barnes created The Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion Pennsylvania, five miles outside of Philadelphia. He formed this remarkable collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern art to serve as an educational institution. Dr. Barnes built his Foundation away from the city and cultural elite who scorned his collection as horrible, debased art, and set it on the grounds of his own home, an arboretum in the leafy suburbs. Tastes changed, and soon the very people who belittled Barnes wanted access to his collection. When Dr. Barnes died in a car accident in 1951, he left control of his collection to Lincoln University, a small African-American college. His will contained strict instructions, stating the Foundation shall always be an educational institution, and the paintings may never be removed. Such strict limitations made the collection safe from commercial exploitation. But was it really safe? More than fifty years later, a powerful group of moneyed interests have gone to court to take the art recently valued at more than $25 billion and bring it to a new museum in Philadelphia. Standing in their way is a group of former students who are trying to block the move. Will the students succeed, or will a man s will be broken and one of America s greatest cultural monuments be destroyed?

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Premise: Director Don Argott examines the history of Pennsylvania's Barnes Foundation, a private art gallery whose owner demanded that the paintings not be resold after his death.

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