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Kynaston McShine

I DID NOT SEE the “Primary Structures” exhibition in 1966. I was living in Florence. Shortly after I moved to New York in 1967, a curator from MoMA, Kynaston McShine, made an appointment to visit. When he came to see me, I was somewhat astonished: white pants and shirt, red scarf, loafers, no socks, an irresistible smile, elegant, charming. I forgot to mention that he was black. Kynaston wanted to know everything about me and my work; we talked, a rapid exchange, back and forth. We hit it off immediately. Kynaston had a lightning-quick wit and sarcasm that would reduce you to silence. He was back in touch to ask if I would contribute a film to his “Information” exhibition, another show that ended up being groundbreaking: It put mixed media and Conceptual art on the map.

The next time Kynaston came to see me was in 1984, to let me know that MoMA wanted to organize a retrospective of my

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