​THE MODIGLIANI PROJECT

Dr. Alessandro De Stefani

aBOUT US

ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Dr. Kenneth Wayne, Founding Director and President
  • Leslie Koot, AAA, Director and Vice President
  • Anne Lewis, CPA, Director and Treasurer

Kenneth Wayne, Ph.D., founded The Modigliani Project in 2012 to research and chronicle the art and life of Amedeo Modigliani, promote scholarship and secure the artist’s legacy for posterity. An established art historian, curator and museum professional, Dr. Wayne has studied Modigliani for more than 30 years and leads The Modigliani Project’s activities as President. He oversees research and scholarship projects, the Advisory Council’s activities, and the Catalogue Raisonné Committee’s work.

Dr. Wayne holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University; his M.A. in Modern Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; and his B.A. in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley. He also studied Art Law at Stanford University Law School. During his career, Dr. Wayne curated dozens of exhibitions on late 19th- and early 20th-century art. He has served as Deputy Director of The Naguchi Museum; Chief Curator at Heckscher Museum of Art; Curator, Modern Art, at Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and the Joan Whitney Payson Curator at Portland (Maine) Museum of Art.


Dr. Wayne - Bibliography


Leslie Koot, AAA, is a recognized art historian and provenance researcher, bringing her specialized expertise in the work of Amedeo Modigliani to her position as Vice President. Ms. Koot holds an M.A. in Modern Art History, Connoisseurship, and History of the Art Market from
Christie’s Education in New York. She is also a Certified Member—those with the most extensive level of experience—of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), specializing in modern and contemporary art.

Ms. Koot helps lead the furthering of scholarship on Amedeo Modigliani, developing public programs and creating an archive of the artist’s work and related historical documents.
Maintaining and developing new collaborations with international research institutions will be another focus of her activities. 


Anne Lewis, CPA, Treasurer, is a Certified Public Accountant; she serves private clients with a focus on accounting and international taxation. Ms. Lewis earned a joint master’s degree in Accounting and Business Management from Northwestern University, and her dual bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from Oakland University, Michigan. Before becoming a C.P.A. 14 years ago, Ms. Lewis worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation in Paris and as a marketing manager for luxury cosmetic brands in New York.

As Treasurer, Ms. Lewis provides financial oversight and guidance, as well as accounting and preparation of The Modigliani Project’s financial reporting.



​Dr. Kenneth Wayne, Founding Director and President

  • Dr. Patrick Elliott, Senior Curator, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, a leading scholar of modern art, 1900-1930
  • Professor Flavio Fergonzi, Universities of Trieste and Udine, Italy, organized a major exhibition on Modigliani's sculpture
  • Colette Giraudon, former archivist at the Musée Picasso and the Musée de l'Orangerie (which houses the collection and archive of Modigliani's dealer, Paul Guillaume), Paris
  • Mason Klein, Senior Curator, The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Marianne Le Morvan, Researcher, Paris. Director of the Berthe Weill Archives and Independent Curator. Gallerist Berthe Weill gave Modigliani his only solo exhibition during his lifetime.  
  • Julie Martin, a leading authority on Montparnasse, co-author of the legendary book, Kiki's Paris, with Billy Klüver
  • L.G. "Nick" Modigliani, cousin of the artist, U.S.
  • Prof. Kenneth Silver, New York University
  • Doug Woodham, Managing Partner, Art Fiduciary Advisors 

The Team

PROMOTING RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP ON THE ARTIST
AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (1884-1920)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Alessandro De Stefani, Senior Research Associate, Monza, Italy


Dr. De Stefani has researched Modigliani for almost 30 years and has extensive knowledge of the artist's work and milieu.  He is especially interested in Modigliani's drawings, which he has chronicled in depth. An art historian, Dr. De Stefani carried out his studies at the Università di Bologna.