Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic

Should We Boycott the New Barnes?

Last week, Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes linked to a new entry on Pentagram’s blog about partner Abbott Miller’s identity and website for the Barnes Foundation, in advance of the storied collection’s planned re-opening in Philadelphia in May 2012 in a Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects-designed building. Green picked out and picked on a quote from Miller, who said the new identity, with its irregular line of framed letters, recalls “the DNA of Dr. Barnes’s vision.” “They killed the Barnes, saved the DNA?” he tweeted.