David D'Arcy

David D'Arcy is a correspondent for The Art Newspaper, a London monthly, and a contributing editor for Art & Auction.

Recent Articles

Now Museum, Now You Don't

A May fund-raiser at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania, on Philadelphia's Main Line, drew some 300 people for cocktails and an auction for trips to Europe and dinner for 20 at the foundation in the main gallery, ringed by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Paul Cezanne masterpieces. Drinks and donor perks feed the museum trade-off culture (although responsible curators won't let red wine near Cezanne's Card Players ). Yet for the Barnes, the scene was odd: Donor-stroking was never the culture of the Foundation, which has always favored art-appreciation classes over blockbuster shows and gala glut. Has the Barnes sold out? Selling out understates the crisis. The Barnes Foundation is moving to a culture mall in central Philadelphia, into a new building that may cost $200 million. A state judge permitted the forced migration after the Barnes management, with lawyers funded by local foundations, pleaded that its current building and belligerent neighbors hindered the visitor...