Amedeo Modigliani (1884 - 1920)
"Kenneth Wayne founded the Modigliani Project in 2013 and remains its president. Its purpose is to research and chronicle the life of Amedeo Modigliani, promote scholarship and secure the artist’s legacy for posterity. Dr Wayne has studied the work of Modigliani for more than 30 years. He holds a PhD from Stanford University; his MA in Modern Art from the Courtauld Institute, London; and his BA in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley. He also studied Law at Stanford University Law School. He has curated dozens of exhibitions and published extensively. Modigliani was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Livorno, Italy, in 1884. His great-great-grandfather, Solomon Garsin, had arrived in the city as a refugee. He moved to Paris in 1906, where he met other artists including Picasso. Initially creating paintings and drawings, after 1909 he turned to sculpture. This lecture explores Modigliani as a pioneer of internationalism and modern art in Paris." Ben Uri Gallery and Museum.