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Modigliani Unmasked

A painting of a man's face with very dark eyesMondays, October 16 - October 30, 2017
1:30 - 3:00 pm

With art history teacher Osnat Lippa. Learn how Italian artist Modigliani’s drawings, sculptures and paintings were influenced by his Sephardic Jewish heritage, and how the anti-Semitic attitudes he confronted in turn-of-the-century Paris shaped his early works.

Series: $40, Drop-in: $16

A painting of a man's chest and headThis lecture series highlights the works of Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani, particularly in relationship to a new exhibition that will be opening in September 2017 at the Jewish Museum in New York.
The exhibition Modigliani Unmasked will consider 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 this special 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.
The exhibition will include approximately 150 works, those from the Alexandre collection as well as a selection of Modigliani’s paintings, sculptures, and other drawings from collections around the world. Modigliani’s art will be complemented by work representative of the various multicultural influences—African, Greek, Egyptian, and Khmer—that inspired the young artist during this lesser-known early period. Among the works featured are a mysterious, unfinished portrait of Dr. Alexandre, never seen before in the United States; impressions of the theater; life studies and female nudes, among them the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova; and drawings of caryatids and heads, which are telling of Modigliani’s sculptures, which he created over a five-year period from 1909 to 1914. To learn more about the works of Modigliani being featured at the Tate Modern museum, please click here.

Osnat Lippa webOsnat Lippa is a digital artist and illustrator who graduated in art and design from Guildhall University in London England. She has since worked as a freelance illustrator, has worked and presented workshops in the Silver Screens Arts Festival in digital media, and uses her broad experience of living in such cities as New York, London and Haifa to enrich her visual vocabulary.
Osnat is also a well-respected art history lecturer, and has taught courses at the London Metropolitan University, the University of the Arts London, Ryerson University’s LIFE Institute and The Chang School of Continuing Education.

Some of the Art Appreciation lecture series that Osnat has taught at the Miles Nadal JCC include: The Commissioned Works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele - Jewish Art Patrons of Vienna; Emotion & Primitivism in the Landscape Paintings of Emily Carr and Vincent Van Gogh, Degas and His Dancers, Jackson Pollock – America’s Own Bad Boy of Painting and Chagall: Colour, Music and Theatre.

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