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Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Generosity of Eye: William Louis-Dreyfus, 1932 to 1984


Stanley Lewis, Westport Train Station with Figures, 2009. Ink on paper, 13 x 23 inches. The Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection. Currently on view in the exhibition, Stanley Lewis: The Way Things Are at the New York Studio School through November 13

Stanley Lewis, Westport Train Station with Figures, 2009. Ink on paper, 13 x 23 inches. The Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection. Currently on view in the exhibition, Stanley Lewis: The Way Things Are at the New York Studio School through November 13

Countless individuals, institutions, and causes lost a remarkable and irreplaceable friend earlier this fall with the passing of collector and philanthropist William Louis-Dreyfus. He literally transformed the lives of artists whose works he amassed. A stalwart campaigner for social justice, he pioneered ways of fusing his twin passions for art and for serving the underprivileged in the novel plans he laid for the dispersal of his collection. And, it can now be revealed, he was a significant and gracious supporter of artcritical magazine and its programs, a generous enabler who made no editorial demands and chose to keep a low profile.

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