Matthew Israel is an art historian based in New York. He is currently Head Curator at Artsy.

Israel has written for international art magazines and exhibition catalogues; delivered talks about modern and contemporary art and his work at Artsy globally; worked for prominent galleries; managed major artist estates and foundations; organized public conversations with hundreds of contemporary artists, and taught modern and contemporary art at NYU, where he received a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts.

He is the author of two books, Kill for Peace: American Artists Against the Vietnam War (University of Texas Press, 2013) and The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists (Prestel, 2017), and is currently at work on a new book, to be published in Spring 2020 by Thames & Hudson, exploring one year in the world of contemporary art.