“Mario Cavaglieri: The Glittering Years 1912–1922” at the Jewish Museum, New York. October 2, 1994–January 29, 1995

To say that Mario Cavaglieri (1887–1969) is one of the lesser-known figures in twentieth-century art is to risk an understatement of sizable proportions. Although he is an artist of some note in his native Italy, Cavaglieri is virtually unknown throughout the rest of the world. “The Glittering Years” is the first one-man exhibition of his work to be seen in the United States. (Three of his paintings were included in the Jewish Museum’s 1989 show “Gardens and Ghettos: The Art of Jewish Life in Italy.”) In her preface to the catalogue, Joan Rosenbaum, the director of the Jewish Museum, writes that “The Glittering Years” will “undoubtedly contribute to the ongoing revision of the history of Modernism.” Given the work on view, this statement says more about the ...

 
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