By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill recently opened two new exhibits. One celebrates the Barnes legacy and the other has a much darker focus.

Titled, “Salvatore Pinto: A Retrospective Celebrating the Barnes Legacy”, the concurrent exhibition focuses on the work of one of Philadelphia’s great 20th-century artists.

Curator Matt Palczynski says Pinto’s work provides a unique glimpse at life in the city.

“This is a Philadelphian going to Europe, studying the masters of the avant-garde at that time and coming back to Philadelphia and incorporating those trends.”

Palczynski describes some of his work as European avant-garde meets City of Brotherly Love.

“It’s very, very colorful — lots of pinks and lots of blues. It’s most likely based on scenes he’s seen at the New Jersey Shore.”

Haunting Narratives: Detours from Philadelphia Realism combines artists work from the 1930’s to present, and is much darker than Pinto’s work.

“In terms of influences you’d imagine a writer like Edgar Allen Poe being a major influence.”

The two exhibits run through July 15th. For more information, go to

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