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  • Amedeo Modigliani,
Portrait of Léopold Zborowski, 1919.

    Amedeo Modigliani,
    Portrait of Léopold Zborowski, 1919.

    Modigliani: Beyond the Myth

    The Jewish Museum
    1109 Fifth Avenue
    May 21–September 19, 2004

    Art Gallery of Ontario
    317 Dundas Street West
    October 23, 2004–January 23, 2005

    The Phillips Collection
    1600 21st Street NW
    February 26–May 29, 2005

    Curated by Mason Klein

    Even if he hadn’t lived the quintessential vie bohème—partaking of torrid affairs, carousing with fellow avant-gardists, succumbing to tuberculosis at thirty-five—Amedeo Modigliani would be well remembered for his instantly recognizable portraits of the stylishly gaunt. New Yorkers haven’t seen his work en masse since MoMa’s 1951 retrospective, so this exhibition of more than one hundred paintings, sculptures, and drawings offers an exceptional chance to take measure “beyond the myth.” A forthcoming indie biopic, a lusty tale of “true genius, like van Gogh and Mozart” starring Andy Garcia, should give the demythologization effort some healthy competition.

    Travels to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 23–Jan. 23, 2005; Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Feb. 26, 2005–May 29, 2005.