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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

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Published in New York Times on Jan. 9, 2018.
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January 9, 2020
A year has flown quickly by but you will always be in my thoughts! Love you and miss you my beloved Cousin! Rest well..
Hilary McShine
January 17, 2018
I'm happy to have learned so much when worked for you at the MoMA and will remember you with fondness.
Pauline Yun
January 16, 2018
In loving memory of Kynaston with heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.

- Maureen O'Hara
January 16, 2018
In loving memory of Kynaston and heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.
January 15, 2018
Dear Kynaston such happy memories of you and Peter over so many years. Love and Rest In Peace. Achla
January 15, 2018
Great sympathies to the family of Kynaston McShine. His vision impacted the lives of young artists and myself from the seventies onward. With great thanks, now in peace.
Elaine Smollin
January 14, 2018
In the early 70's I studied w/Kynaston at SVA, changing the way I thought about art past and present. For several years afterward I ran errands and generally assisted him, entrusted with the keys to his loft on Broadway. The kindness and patience he extended to Kathleen and I will not be forgotten.
Tim Maul
January 14, 2018
Remembering our childhood friend, with lots of love. Janet and Anne-Marie.
anne-marie stewart
January 14, 2018
With love, affection and lasting memories.
Maria Habib
January 10, 2018
Rest well beloved Cousin!
Hilary McShine
January 9, 2018
In the 1960's I worked with Kynaston early in his career at both MOMA & the Jewish Museum.He was brilliant, fun, kind, creative & innovative. Rest in peace old friend, Sally Kuhn
Sally Kuhn
January 9, 2018
What a difference Kynaston made to 20-th century art. He will always be present. My heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Suzanne Delehanty
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