Matthew Israel is an art historian based in New York City. He is Curator at Large at Artsy ( 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.

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; 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. Matthew's second book, The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Artworks by 10 Artists, was published by Prestel in Spring 2017. Matthew's first book, Kill for Peace (2013), focused on American artists’ engagement with the Vietnam War.