Kenneth Wayne, Ph.D.
French Art Specialist. Modigliani Scholar.
Curate. Organize. Research. Write.
Dr. Kenneth Wayne…
is a specialist in modern French art and an expert on Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920). He is Director of The Modigliani Project, a non-profit entity that he founded in New York in 2013 to promote research and scholarship on the artist. He and his Advisory Board are presently preparing a catalogue raisonné of the artist's paintings and sculptures.
Previously, he was the Joan Whitney Payson Curator at the Portland Museum of Art (Maine); Curator of Modern Art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York; and Deputy Director at the Noguchi Museum, New York. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Musée Rodin in Paris.
He has organized dozens of exhibitions, including the acclaimed Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse, which traveled from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2002-2003. Critic Jed Perl hailed it as "an unforgettable museum-going experience" and declared that the show's installation was "brilliant." The Toronto Globe and Mail called it one of the twelve best exhibitions in the world. The Art Newspaper put it in their crème de la crème section. More than 300,000 people visited the show. At present, he is working on a major Modigliani exhibition for the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia for 2020 to celebrate the centennial of the artist's passing. Based on extensive new material, the catalogue for the show will be a landmark contribution to Modigliani scholarship.
An active lecturer, he has spoken internationally at such institutions as the Royal Academy of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London; the Henry Moore Centre in Leeds (England); the Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada); Il Museo di Arte Moderne e Contemporanea in Rovereto (Italy); the National Arts Club in New York; the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College; and at Stanford University.
Dr. Wayne has also written catalogue essays for the Royal Academy of Art and the Tate Modern; the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid; Il Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara (Italy);, Il Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea; Christie's, Paris; Sotheby's, New York; and the Gagosian Gallery (Paris). His extensive scholarship has been translated into French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Trained at the J.Paul Getty Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the University Art Museum at U.C. Berkeley, Kenneth Wayne was educated at Stanford University (Ph.D.); the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (M.A.); and at the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.).
The covers of some of his exhibition catalogues can be seen on this site.