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        African Art

        In the Barnes Foundation art collection, form, rather than the cultural context in which the works of art were created, is emphasized. Dr. Barnes arranged his collection so that African masks are positioned next to European paintings. This allows viewers to compare the forms of the two styles of art and note the similarities between the paintings and the masks. This video, an excerpt from the documentary “The Barnes Collection,” explains Dr. Barnes' interest in form, and shows African masks and sculptures next to European paintings.


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