The Jewish Museum Remembers Kynaston McShine Read More
The Jewish Museum is saddened to learn about the passing of Kynaston McShine (1935–2018). He was a visionary curator, and on the staff of the Jewish Museum from 1965–1967 as Curator of Painting and Sculpture, and from 1967–1968 as Acting Director. McShine organized many exhibitions including one-person shows of Gene Davis, Robert Irwin, Yves Klein, and Richard Smith, in addition to Large Scale American Paintings, Recent Italian Painting and Sculpture, for which he will long be remembered.
His groundbreaking 1966 exhibition Primary Structures: Younger American and British Sculptors introduced a new generation of artists pushing the boundaries of painting and sculpture.
While the exhibition is heralded as the first major U.S. exhibition devoted to minimal art, the term “minimalism” was not mentioned in McShine’s catalogue text for the show, nor did he attempt to categorize this new sculpture. Rather, he examined the artist’s fresh approaches to form and material, and more significantly, their use of (or lack of) color.
McShine featured 42 artists in Primary Structures and included work by both Los Angeles and New York-based artists such as John McCracken, Larry Bell, Robert Morris, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Robert Smithson, Anne Truitt, Dan Flavin, and Judy Gerowitz (now Judy Chicago). Philip King, Michael Bolus, and David Annesley were among the artists selected from the U.K.