In our tribute to the art historian S. Lane Faison last month, we reported that Thomas Krens, a former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim International Consortium—er, Museum—was among the “dubious figures from the contemporary museum world” who had passed through Lane Faison’s pedagogical hands at Williams College. Many figures, some plenty dubious, from the contemporary museum world, did study with Lane Faison—Kirk Varnedoe and Glen Lowry, to name two—but the widely reported link between them turns out to be unfounded. We regret the error. As one Williams friend remarked, “The general feeling here is that had Krens actually taken classes with Faison, he would have turned out to be a much more respectable figure.” We like to think so as well.

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 25 Number 5, on page 3
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