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The Trustees and staff of The Museum of Modern Art mourn the loss of Kynaston McShine. Kynaston was a daring and pioneering curator with an unfailingly sharp eye, and a keen sense of the moment. His record of important exhibitions and acquisitions is extraordinary, including his leading role in the Projects series in the 1970s devoted to experimental work by younger artists; thematic exhibitions such as the legendary "Information" (1970) and "The Museum as Muse, Artists Reflect" (1999); and historic monographs devoted to Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, and Richard Serra, among others. He left an indelible legacy over the course of his long tenure at The Museum of Modern Art, where he ultimately served as Senior Curator, and then Acting Chief Curator, of the Department of Painting and Sculpture, and as Chief Curator at Large from 2003 until his retirement in 2008. He was famous for his gruff manner which masked a warm and deeply affectionate colleague who cared enormously about modern art and the Museum that was home to him for more than forty years. We extend our condolences to his cousins Helen McEachran and Judith Laird, his nieces Lisa McShine and Danielle McShine, his nephew Randall McShine and all of the McShine and Murray cousins. The Board of Trustees of The Museum of Modern Art

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 9, 2018