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When
September 15, 2017 to February 4, 2018

Where

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue
New York  New York  10028
United States
212-423-3200
Jewish Museum

Modigliani Unmasked

Amedeo Modigliani, Head, c. 1911. Black crayon on paper. 16⅞ x 10⅜ in. Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen. Gift of Blaise Alexandre, 2001

Modigliani Unmasked considers the celebrated artist Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884-1920) shortly after he arrived in Paris in 1906, when the city was still roiling with anti-Semitism after the long-running tumult of the Dreyfus Affair and the influx of foreign emigres. Modigliani’s Italian-Sephardic background helped forge a complex cultural identity that rested in part on the ability of Italian Jews historically to assimilate and embrace diversity. The exhibition will show that Modigliani’s art cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the ways the artist responded to the social realities that he confronted in the unprecedented artistic melting pot of Paris. The drawings from the Alexandre collection reveal the emerging artist himself, enmeshed in his own particular identity quandary, struggling to discover what portraiture might mean in a modern world of racial complexity.