MATTHEW ISRAEL is an art historian, writer and educator based in New York City. He is currently Curator at Large at Artsy (Artsy.net) and Director of Artsy OnSite, a global series of artist and curator talks and conversations. Previously at Artsy, he was Director of The Art Genome Project.
In his sixteen years in the New York City art world, Israel has written for various international art magazines and exhibition catalogues, delivered talks around the world about modern and contemporary art and his work at Artsy, worked for prominent galleries, managed major artist estates and foundations, and taught modern and contemporary art at New York University, where he received a PhD in Art History and Archaeology—from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts—in 2011.
Matthew's next book, The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Artworks by 10 Artists, will be published by Prestel in March 2017. John Elderfield, Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, writes of The Big Picture: "Matthew Israel's extraordinary book gets a score of ten out of ten. Mapping contemporary art in ten very focused chapters is a brilliant and audacious way of both showing its widest range and giving us the big picture as we read avidly from one subject to the next."
Matthew's first book Kill for Peace (2013), focused on American artists’ engagement with the Vietnam War. Robert Storr, artist, critic, and former Dean of the Yale School of Art, wrote of Kill for Peace: "Speaking from the position of a scholar who came of age during another round of such misadventures—the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—Matthew Israel closely examines the legacy of Vietnam War era art with keen and fair-minded attention to its ideals, achievements and failures. His is an indispensable book about a grim, much ignored chapter in the history of American art in the second half of the 20th century, a book about how "then" contains lessons for "now"—and for the future."