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Ellsworth Kellyís Blue Green Yellow Orange Red (1966), on left, and Orange/Red Relief (1959) at the Guggenheim Museum in 2004
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by Charlie Finch

Like Jay Gatsby or Charles Foster Kane, Thomas Krens, who is completing his 20-year-long reign as the head of the Guggenheim Foundation and its assorted satellites, was a fictional figure addicted to grand gestures which kept him at armís length from the public he served. More than anyone else, Krens manufactured the global art world whose bounty continues to enrich the art plutocracy today.