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Ellsworth Kelly’s The Barnes Totem at the new Barnes Foundation
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Close Encounters

by Linda Yablonsky

Fabulosity in a box. That is the new Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

The old one, in suburban Merion, on the city’s tony Main Line, was also quite fabulous, but the building, a manor house built in 1925, was smaller. It didn’t get much daylight or have an auditorium, seminar rooms and an indoor garden, nor was it easily accessible. You had to make an appointment, only to be told on arrival that, due to restrictions on traffic through the neighborhood and the institution’s class schedules, visiting hours were short.


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