Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse

Auction Catalogue Cover

Exhibition curated

Modigliani & the Artists of Montparnasse, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and tour: Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2002-03. I secured the venues, and negotiated and wrote the exhibition contracts. First major Modigliani exhibition in the United States in more than forty years, featuring important loans from major museums around the world and visited by 300,000 people. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities (NEH), both of whose applications I wrote. This was the first time that the Albright-Knox had received Federal Indemnification. Significant funding was also received from M & T Bank. I managed the exhibition budget of $3 million. Featured in The Art Newspaper’s “Crème de la Crème” section as one of the top four exhibitions in the U.S. in the summer of 2003. Called one of the top twelve exhibitions in the world to see by The Toronto Globe and Mail (along with exhibitions at the Grand Palais in Paris and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg). Jed Perl of The New Republic wrote that the installation was “brilliant” and called the show “an unforgettable museum-going experience.” Other reviews in Apollo (London), ARTnews, The Boston Globe, The Buffalo News, Burlington Magazine (London), The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The New York Times, The Toronto Star, Town and Country, Vanity Fair, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, etc. Featured on CNN and CBC-TV (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Was the subject of an hour-long program on National Public Radio. The catalogue was on’s bestseller list for art books (top ten), went into a second printing and was translated into Italian. The website for the exhibition won a national award. This exhibition was one of the most successful shows organized by the Albright-Knox in its history in terms of attendance, revenue and press attention.



Modigliani & the Artists of Montparnasse, New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2002, 224 pages, sole author. Italian edition: Milan: Leonardo International, 2002.


Essay on “L’Ecole de Paris” and Chronology for Gli Anni Folli, La Parigi di Modigliani, Picasso e Dali, 1918-1933, exhibition catalogue, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy, 2011. Texts appeared in Italian.

“Modigliani, Modern Sculpture and the Influence of Antiquity,” Modigliani Scultore, exhibition catalogue, il Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporaneo di Trento e Rovereto, Italy, 2010. Essay appeared in both English and Italian.

“Modigliani sculpture: The Lévy Head,” essay for Christie’s Paris, Art Impressioniste et Moderne, auction catalogue, June 2010, pp.20-25. Essay appeared in French. The work sold for $53 million, setting a record for the artist and remains the highest-priced work sold at auction in France by any artist.

“Modigliani in the 1920s” in Modigliani and Friends, exhibition catalogue, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, 2008. Essay appeared in both English and Spanish. (I was also a consultant on this project regarding loans.)

“Modigliani and England” in Amedeo Modigliani, exhibition catalogue, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2006. Catalogue also appeared in a German edition.

“Chaim Soutine (1893-1943) and Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920): Kindred Spirits,” Property from the Estate of Wendell Cherry, Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern auction catalogue, fall 2004.

Review of the exhibition “Modigliani: Beyond the Myth” at the Jewish Museum, New York in The Burlington Magazine, August 2004: 574-575.

“Letter to the Editor: Modigliani needs art historical approach,” The Art Newspaper, June 2002: 4.

Selected Lectures

“Modigliani,” Long Island University, Brookville, NY, January 5, 2011.

“Modigliani the Cosmopolitan,” Royal Academy of Arts, London, October 6, 2006.

“Modigliani Discoveries and Revelations,” Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., March 16, 2005.

“Modigliani,” Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, Distinguished Lecturer Series, November 17, 2004.

“Modigliani,” Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Keynote Speaker during their Modigliani exhibition, November 10, 2004.

“The State of Modigliani Research” and “Modigliani in Perspective,” Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, funded in part by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, February 26-27, 2003.

“Why Modigliani is a Great Artist,” Kimbell Art Museum, February 9, 2003.

“Modigliani Reconsidered,” Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, a Franklin Murphy Fund lecture, October 25, 2001.