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Lance Kinz (1951–2015)

Brian Boucher reports in Artnet that longtime art dealer Lance Kinz has died. Along with partner Michelle Tillou, who confirmed his death, Kinz ran the gallery Kinz + Tillou Fine Art, in Brooklyn. They showed artists like Ray Johnson, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Jeremy Blake.

Kinz began his career in Ohio as an arts administrator, directing a gallery at the University of Cincinnati and serving as program director at the Ohio Art Council. He later worked as a director at Rhona Hoffman Gallery and Dart Gallery.

Kinz went on to work with dealer Richard Feigen in Chicago. As Feigen Contemporary, their enterprise moved to Chelsea, New York, in 1997, and then became Kinz, Tillou + Feigen. Kinz and Tillou later left to form their own gallery.

“Lance was a great advocate for the arts, full of energy and ideas,” artist James Rosenquist told Artnet, while Tillou said: “I never met anyone who would just take out time to help people the way he did. He was a man of great dignity.”