The New Barnes

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Last week I blogged pretty continually about The Art of the Steal, the new documentary about the long, sad struggle over moving the collection of the Barnes Foundation from its home in Merion, Pa. to downtown Philadelphia, a struggle which is pretty much over.

The first set of renderings for what will be the new home of the Barnes on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, by the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, will be reviewed by the Philadelphia Art Commission on Friday. They were made public in advance on Monday night, but only after several requests were filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

Inga Saffron, the architecture critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer, has a first look, including a slide show here.