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.


PhD, January 2011
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Dissertation: “Paradigms of Protest: American Antiwar Art during the Vietnam War.” Advisor: Robert Storr. (Published as Kill for Peace: American Artists Against the Vietnam War by University of Texas Press, Fall 2013.)

MA, May 2006
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

MA Theses: “The Right Thing at the Right Time at the Wrong Place: Tracing the Rise and Fall of the ‘Avant-Garde’ Jewish Museum of the 1960s” (published in Art in America as “A Magnet for the With-It Kids,” October 2007); “The Current State of Research on Aqa Riza.”

BA, May 2000
Vassar College (with honors)

Major in English; honors for thesis on Shakespearean authorship


”A Year in the Art World” (Working Title) (London & New York: Thames & Hudson, Expected 2020)

The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Artworks by 10 Artists (New York & Munich: Prestel/Random House, April 2017).

Kill for Peace: American Artists Against the Vietnam War (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013).


Al Held (New York: Cheim & Read, May 2018). Catalogue essay.

Cho Yong-Ik (London: Olivier Malingue, October 2016). Catalogue essay.

Tal R: New Paintings (New York: Cheim & Read, November 2012). Catalogue essay.

Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, March 2011). Completed catalogue entries on the work of James Brown, Chris Wyllie, John Dugdale and Gloria Graham.

Barnaby Furnas, Jim Nutt, Eduardo Paolozzi (New York: Marianne Boesky, March 2011). Conversation with Thomas Crow.

Pat Steir: New Paintings (New York: Cheim & Read, February 2011). Catalogue essay.

Bowery Artist Tribute, Vol. 2 (New York: New Museum, 2010). Contributed research and interview with Kellie Jones.

Bowery Artist Tribute, Vol. 1 (New York: New Museum, 2008). Contributed research and interview with Vito Acconci.

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin: Photographs (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 2001). Editor.


Speaker, Art Talk: Trevor Paglen in Conversation with Matthew Israel, 92nd Street Y, New York, January 22, 2019.

Panelist, alongside Lucy Lippard, Patricia Hills and Alejandro Anreus, on the occasion of “Rudolf Baranik: Napalm Elegies” exhibition at Ryan Lee, May 9, 2018.

Host, Jeff Koons and Hans Ulrich Obrist in Conversation, The Upper House, Hong Kong, March 28, 2018.

Moderator, JR and Jeffrey Deitch, as part of Armory Live programming, The Armory Show, March 11, 2018.

Host and Moderator, Panel Discussion on Lars Jan’s Slow-Moving Luminaries: 3rd Annual Audemars Piguet Art Commission at Art Basel. Featuring Lars Jan, Kathleen Forde and Michael Friedman, December 7, 2017.

Speaker, “Art World Renegades - How Artsy is Embracing Data and Turning the Art World on its Head,” Artsy, New York, NY, October 26, 2017.

Speaker, The Big Picture and Contemporary Art Now, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU for NYU Alumni Weekend, October 21, 2017.

Speaker, “Matthew Israel: The Big Picture,” Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., September 16, 2017.

Speaker, “Matthew Israel: The Big Picture,” Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 24, 2017.

Speaker, Gagosian Shop, New York, April 25, 2017.

Speaker, “Matthew Israel: The Big Picture,” Stanford University, Anderson Collection, April 20th, 2017.

Speaker, “Matthew Israel: The Big Picture,” Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, April 18, 2017.

Speaker, “Matthew Israel: The Big Picture,” Art Gallery of Ontario, April 8, 2017.

Book Signing, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 6, 2017.

Speaker, “The Big Picture | Nicholas Baume, Jens Hoffman, Adrienne Edwards, Matthew Israel, Arezoo Moseni and special guest | An Art Book Series Event,” The New York Public Library, New York, NY, March 29, 2017.

Speaker, National Art Educators Association Annual Conference, New York, March 2-4, 2017

Speaker. In conversation with artist Cynthia Daignault on the occasion of her exhibition at the Flag Art Foundation, Flag Art Foundation, New York, February 16, 2017.

Speaker, Walker Forum: Matthew Israel, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, January 19, 2017.

Panelist, “Access and Engagement,” Fourth Session of Institute of Fine Arts speaker series, “Crossing Boundaries,” Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, November 4, 2016.

Judge, Pulse Prize, Pulse Art Fair New York, March 3, 2016.

Moderator and Organizer, “What's Next? Short Talks on the Future,” The Armory Show, March 4, 2016.

Panelist, “Digital Representation: Looking at Images Online” session at the conference, ”From Object to Audience: Technology, Value, and the Arts,” New York University Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions, November 20, 2015.

Instructor/Workshop leader, “Re: Curating Online,” School of Visual Arts MFA in Curatorial Practice, October 30, 2015.

Moderator, Hacking Arts Festival, panel on visual arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), September 26, 2015.

Speaker, “Peter Saul's Saigon,” Whitney Museum of American Art. Part of their “99 Objects” series. July 20, 2015.

Speaker, “Kill for Peace and Lucy Lippard's A Different War,” Independent Curators International, June 16, 2015.

Speaker, “Artsy and The Art Genome Project,” Union College, Schenectady, NY, May 20, 2015.

Interviewer, Book Launch for Suzanne Hudson's Painting Now, Artsy, April 25, 2015.

Participant, “10 x 10: 10 Curators Discuss The Future,” part of the “Perspectives” roundtable discussions hosted by the PULSE art fair, March 7, 2015.

Keynote, “7 Questions About Art History.” College Art Association Annual Conference Session, “What Have You Done for Art History Lately?“ February 13, 2015.

Speaker, “6 Ways Art Can Inform Innovation,” TEDx Melville, February 5th, 2015.

Guest Talk, “The Art Genome Project,” The Museum of Modern Art internal workshop on “The Connected Object,” November 7, 2014.

Moderator, “New Technologies, Human Experiences, Ethics: The Future of Design,” at Design Miami/ in Basel. Featuring Jamie Zigelbaum and Yves Béhar, June 18th, 2014.

Speaker, “SPARKS@Annalect Series: Artsy & Art Genome Project,” Annalect New York, May 28, 2014. 

Speaker, “The Art Genome Project and Artsy's Educational Initiatives,” Columbia University Libraries Digital Program Division and the Digital
Humanities Center, April 29, 2014.

Speaker, “On Art and Access,” MA Program in Art History, City College of New York, April 25, 2014. 

Speaker, Columbia Initiative for Creativity and Culture in Action (CICCA), Columbia University, April 24, 2014.

Panelist, Pratt History of Art and Design's first Career Roundtable, Pratt Institute, April 23, 2014. 

Closing Speaker, Mission Creek Festival, April 6, 2014.

Moderator, “The Future of Art History,” Institute of Fine Arts Recent Alumni event at Artsy, with Thomas Crow and Noemie Etienne, April 2, 2014.

Closing Plenary Speaker, Visual Resources Association Conference, March 14, 2014.

Panelist, “Communication Breakdown,” Museopunks Podcast Episode 11, with Beck Tench and Nancy Proctor, November 23, 2013. 

Panel organizer and speaker, “How to Discover Art? On the Current State, Hardships, and Potential of Art Search,” Museum Computer Network Conference, November 23, 2013.

Panelist, “The Finely Curated Life,” Internet Week New York. May 22, 2013.

Guest lecturer, “The Art Genome Project and Artsy,” Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York. February 27, 2013.

Panel organizer and speaker, “On The Art Genome Project,” Artsy and The Art Genome Project, College Art Association Annual Conference, February 14, 2013

Panelist, Alumni Careers Panel, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, February 13, 2013. 

Panelist, ”Arts and Tech Startups,” organized by The Whitney Museum of American Art Contemporaries group, February 12, 2013

Speaker, “On The Art Genome Project,” at The Harvard Advocate, Harvard University. Invited by The Advocate and the Harvard Art Museums Undergraduate Connection, November 30, 2012.

Speaker, “On The Art Genome Project,” at the Visual Resources Association’s New York Chapter meeting at ARTstor, November 15, 2012.

Speaker, “On The Art Genome Project and,” DataGotham, September 14, 2012. 

Speaker, “On The Art Genome Project,” General Assembly, October 16, 2011, for members of the Rhizome Council.


Curator, Installation by Chris Schanck, MGM Art Basel Miami Beach Event, December 6, 2018

Co-Host, Bombay Artisan Series Finalist Event, Miami, December 6, 2018

Host and Moderator, Conversation and Walkthrough with Elmgreen and Dragset, on the occasion of their exhibition of new work at Perrotin, Paris, October 16, 2018

Host, Pierre Huyghe and Hans Ulrich Obrist in Conversation, Serpentine Galleries, October 3, 2018

Host and Moderator, Premiere Screening of Kusama: Infinity and Q&A with director Heather Lenz, in partnership with David Zwirner, Metrograph, New York, September 6, 2018

Guest Judge, Bombay Artisan Series Montreal Finalist Event, Montreal, September 5, 2018

Host, Curator-led Walkthrough by Cory Arcangel and Tina Kukielski of “Difference Engine” at Lisson Gallery, New York, June 27, 2018

Host and Moderator, Conversation with Roger Gastman, Revok and Shepard Fairey at “Beyond the Streets,” Los Angeles, June 20, 2018

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Matthew Brannon, Casey Kaplan Gallery, May 4, 2018

Host, Curator-led Walkthrough by Katherine Brodbeck of “Laura Owens” at Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, April 10, 2018

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Chris Schanck, Friedman Benda, New York, February 28, 2018

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Jose Davilá, Galería OMR, Mexico City, February 10, 2018

Host and Speaker, Studio visit and conversation with Kathryn Andrews, Los Angeles, January 24, 2018

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Teresita Fernández on the occasion of the launch of her monograph, Wayfinding, published by Prestel, Edition Hotel, Miami, December 8, 2017

Host, Artsy OnSite at Artsy Projects Miami, at the Bath Club, Miami; featuring Samara Golden, Jillian Mayer, and FlucT, December 7, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Mika Rottenberg at The Bass, Miami Beach, on the occasion of Rottenberg’s one-person exhibition; in partnership with American Express Business Centurion, December 4, 2017

Host, Walkthrough of the home and studio of Donald Judd, Judd Foundation at 101 Spring Street, New York, November 15, 2017

Host, Walkthrough by Xiaorui Zhu-Nowell and Kyung An of "Art and China After 1989: Theatre of the World,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, October 25, 2017

Organizer, Conversation between Neil Raitt and Lauren Bergman at Raitt’s exhibition, “Misty Rock,” October 11, 2017

Host and Speaker, Walkthrough of “Everything At Once” featuring Nicholas Logsdail, Ossian Ward and Greg Hilty (Lisson Gallery 50th Anniversary Exhibition), The Store, London, October 6, 2017 (in partnership with UBS SmartWealth)

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Hank Willis Thomas, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, October 5, 2017

Organizer, Walkthrough by Nancy Lim of “Judy Chicago: Pussies,” Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, September 27, 2017

Organizer, Walkthrough by Hyon Gyon, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, September 14, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Tony Cragg, on the occasion of his exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery, September 11, 2017

Organizer, Conversation between Analia Saban and Christine Kim, on the occasion of Saban’s exhibition “Folds and Faults,” Sprueth Magers, Los Angeles, July 12, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Richard Misrach and performance by Guillermo Galindo, on the occasion of their exhibition, “Border Cantos,” Pace Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, June 28, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation and Studio Visit with Random International, courtesy of Pace Gallery, London, England, June 22, 2017 (in partnership with UBS SmartWealth)

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Isca Greenfield-Sanders, on the occasion of her exhibition, “Keep Them Still,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, May 31, 2017

Organizer, Conversation between Aaron Moulton and participating artists at the group exhibition “Concrete Island,” VENUS, Los Angeles, May 18, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Ali Banisadr, on the occasion of his exhibition, “Trust in the Future,” Sperone Westwater, New York, May 11, 2017 (in partnership with Alain Mikli)

Host and Speaker, Conversation and Studio Visit with Adam Pendleton, courtesy of Pace Gallery, Brooklyn, May 9, 2017

Organizer, Conversation between Genevieve Gaignard and Erin Christovale, on the occasion of Gaignard’s exhibition, “The Powder Room,” Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, April 27, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation and Studio visit with Sam Moyer, courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery, Brooklyn, April 24, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Alicia McCarthy, on the occasion of her exhibition at Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, April 19, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Thiago Rocha Pitta, Marianne Boesky, New York, March 30, 2017

Organizer, Walkthrough by Erwin Wurm of his exhibition, “Ethics demonstrated in geometrical order,” Lehmann Maupin, New York, March 29, 2017

Host and Speaker, Conversation and studio visit with FAILE, Brooklyn, February 27, 2017

Organizer, Walkthrough by Faye Toogood of her one-person exhibition at Friedman Benda, New York, NY

Host and Speaker, Walkthrough of “A Woman’s Afterlife” by Edward Bleiberg and a visit to the Conservation Lab with Lisa Bruno, Brooklyn Museum, New York, February 8, 2017

Host and Speaker, Walkthrough of one-person exhibitions of Emil Lukas and Katherine Bradford with the artists, Sperone Westwater, New York, January 25, 2017

Organizer, Conversation between Hugo McCloud and Isolde Brielmaier on the occasion of “Hugo McCloud: Veiled” at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, January 19, 2017

Host and Moderator, Conversation between Sarah Reisman and Samuel Levi Jones, on the occasion of “Burning All Illusion,” Galerie Lelong, Galerie Lelong, New York, December 10, 2016

Host and Speaker, Private screening of “Ozara and Katessa” by Kalup Linzy and discussion with the artist, Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, December 7, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Awol Erizku on the occasion of “I Was Going to Call It Your Name, but You Didn't Let Me,” Nina Johnson, Miami, December 2, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Walead Beshty, de la Cruz Collection, Miami, November 30, 2016

Organizer, Walkthrough of “Roll Call: 11 artists from L.A.” with Gaijin Fujita, Alex Kizu, Patrick Martinez, and Chaz Bojorquez, L.A. Louver, Los Angeles, November 15, 2016

Organizer, Performance by Double Diamond Sun Body on the occasion of their exhibition, “Saffron Crow's Associate,” MAMA, Los Angeles, November 14, 2016

Host and Speaker, Walkthrough of “Pierre Sabatier” with the artist’s family, Magen H Gallery, New York, November 2, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with R. Luke DuBois at his exhibition, “The Choice is Yours,” bitforms gallery, New York, October 27, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Barry Schwabsky, on the occasion of “Ellen Cantor,” Foxy Production, New York, October 20, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Simon Starling on the occasion of his exhibition, “At Twilight,” Japan Society, New York, October 17, 2016

Host and Moderator, Conversation between Toby Ziegler and Lev Manovich on the occasion of “Toby Ziegler: Post-human paradise,” October 6, 2016

Host, Walkthrough by Ben Borthwick and Gabriel Coxhead of “Natural Light, Blue Light Room,” Blain|Southern, London, October 5, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Caitlin Keogh at her exhibition, “Loose Ankles,” at Bortolami Gallery, New York, September 27, 2016

Host, Panel discussion with Kathryn Andrews, Lisa Wainwright, John Yau, and Dan Nadel on the occasion of “Roger Brown: Pop Artist,” Kavi Gupta, Chicago, September 24, 2016

Host, Walkthrough of “The Keeper” with curator Natalie Bell, New Museum, New York, September 16, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Misha Kahn, Artsy Projects at SIXTY LES,  New York, July 19, 2016

Organizer, Walkthrough with Grear Patterson at his exhibition, “True Romance,” Marlborough Contemporary, London, June 22, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Andile Dyalvane at his first exhibition at Friedman Benda, New York, June 22, 2016

Host and Speaker, Talk to celebrate the launch of “For Freedoms,” the first artist-run super PAC, with Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Gottesman, and other participating artists, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, June 8, 2016

Host, Walkthrough by Chris Wiley and Andrianna Campbell of “Lee Mullican,” James Cohan Gallery, New York, June 2, 2016

Organizer, Walkthrough by Peles Empire, “1 EYE 2 EYES,” Wentrup, Berlin, April 30, 2016

Organizer, Walkthrough by Jean-Baptiste Bernadet of his exhibition, “So Far So Close,” Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, April 22, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with curator Sophie Hackett (Art Gallery of Ontario) at Thomas Ruff: “press++,” David Zwirner Gallery, New York, April 16, 2016

Organizer, Walkthrough by Enrico Marco Cinzano at his new exhibition at Pearl Lam Design, Hong Kong, March 19, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Taryn Simon at her exhibition, “Paperwork and the Will of Capital,” Gagosian Gallery, New York, March 8, 2016

Host and Moderator, Panel discussion on Peter Hujar with Fran Lebowitz, Vince Aletti, Gary Schneider, and Joel Smith, on the occasion of “Peter Hujar: Lost Downtown,” a collaborative exhibition between Pace/MacGill and Paul Kasmin Gallery, Hotel Americano, New York, February 2, 2016

Host and Speaker, Studio visit with Nathan Mabry, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, January 27, 2016

Organizer, Panel discussion with The Haas Brothers, Cliff Fong, and Bobbye Tigerman on the history of lighting in Los Angeles; in conjunction with “A Case Study in Lighting,” Seomi International Case Study House 21, Los Angeles, January 21, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Toyin Ojih Odutola, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, January 21, 2016

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Daniel Heidkamp, Pace Prints, New York, December 9, 2015

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Cynthia Daignault, Lisa Cooley, New York, November 4, 2015

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Karl Haendel, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, October 23, 2015

Organizer, Walkthrough by Elmgreen & Dragset, “Self-Portraits,” Victoria Miro, London, October 15, 2015

Organizer, Studio visit with Kadar Brock, New York, October 8, 2015

Organizer, Walkthrough by Jens Hoffmann of “Adrian Villar Rojas,” Marian Goodman, New York, October 6, 2015

Host and Speaker, Studio and Gallery conversation with Adam Fuss, courtesy Cheim & Read, New York, October 1, 2015

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Thaddeus Wolfe, R & Company, New York, September 29, 2015

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, bitforms gallery, New York, September 17, 2015

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Will Ryman, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, September 15, 2015

Organizer, Walkthrough by Curator Aaron Moulton of “Theories on Forgetting,” Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, July 15, 2015

Organizer, Studio visit with Michael Sailstorfer, Koenig Gallery, Berlin, July 13, 2015

Organizer, Studio visit with Jason Bailer Losh, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, June 30th, 2015

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Diana Al-Hadid in her studio, courtesy Marianne Boesky, New York, June 24th, 2015

Organizer, Walkthrough of “Liza Ryan: Wind(shield)” and “Max Hooper Schneider: Accidental Menagerie” with the artists, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, May 28th, 2015

Host and Speaker, Conversation with Patrick Wilson, Ameringer|McEnery|Yohe, New York, May 27th, 2015

Organizer, Walkthrough by Dr. Eva Karcher of “Marc Quinn: Frozen Garden,” Galerie Thomas Modern, Munich, May 19th, 2015

Organizer, Walkthrough of “Eric Baudart: again, again and again,” Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, May 16, 2015

Host, Walkthrough of “In the Studio” by John Elderfield, Gagosian Gallery, New York, April 6, 2015


“Roundtable on Museums and Digital Technology.” Art in America, October 2016.

A Brief Guide to Israel’s Complex Art World, From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.” Artsy, December 11, 2015.

Bookshelf: Matthew Israel.” Art Journal, August 19, 2015.

Technology is Vital to Understanding Art.” Education Week, June 2, 2015.

Venice Biennale 2015: An Exhibition to Be Reckoned With.”, April 27, 2015.

The New Whitney Museum of American Art: A Game-Changing Institution.”, April 28, 2015.

The Side of Pop Art You Didn't Know Existed.”, April 9, 2015.

Kehinde Wiley's “A New Republic” at the Brooklyn Museum.”, February 26, 2015. 

Represent: 200 Years of African-American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art,”, January 15, 2015.

Fair Share: Takeaways from Art Basel Miami Beach.”, December 8, 2014.

Series of weekly blog posts for The Huffington Post, June-November 2014. 

Various articles, dating from 2013-present, on Artsy.

“Interview with Barbara Nessim” in Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2013) Published in conjunction with “Barbara Nessim” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

José Lerma, I am sorry I am Perry at Andrea Rosen Gallery.”, December 2011.

Robert Irwin at Pace Gallery.” Frieze 138 (April 2011).

David Thorpe, Peace Not Pacifism at Casey Kaplan.” Art in America 99, no. 2 (February 2011): 96-97.

Dave Cole, Unreal City at Dodge Gallery.” Art in America 99, no. 1 (January 2011): 112.

Finding Thek’s Tomb.” Art in America 98, no. 10 (November 2010): 118-127.

“CAA, Pedagogy and Curriculum: An Historical Effort, An Unparalleled Wealth of Ideas.” In The Eye,The Hand, The Mind: 100 Years of the College Art Association, ed. Susan Ball. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010.

“A Magnet for the With-It Kids: The Jewish Museum, New York, of the 1960s.” Art in America 95, no. 9 (October 2007): 72-83.

“Takashi Horisaki: Social Dress New Orleans-730 Days After.” Art in America 95, no. 9 (October 2007): 49.

As Landmark: An Introduction to “Harlem on My Mind,”, December 2004. 

“Play by the Book.” Artforum 39, no. 10 (November 2001): 32.

Towers of Light Encounter Obstacles and Controversy,”, October 2001.

“Some Like It Hot.” Artnews 100, no. 7 (Summer 2001): 44.

“Bohemian Rhapsody.” Artnews 100, no 3 (March 2001): 43-44.


AI-produced artwork is moving from the fringes into the high art world,” Recode, September 25, 2018.

Showcasing Montreal’s Emerging Artists,” Interview with anchor Laura Casella, Global News Canada, September 6, 2018

Alexxa Gotthardt, “Linda Nochlin’s Students Remember a Teacher Who Revolutionized Art History,” Artsy, October 30, 2017

Marcus Baram, “By Harnessing Data, Artsy Hopes To Democratize The Art World,” Fast Company, October 26, 2017

What’s Happening in the District, Sept. 14-20, 2017,” The Washington Post, September 13, 2017

Christine Jackson, “Ai Weiwei’s Portraits of Dissidents Debut at the Hirshhorn Wednesday,” The Washingtonian, June 27, 2017

Julia Guilardi, “10 Events that Will Make You Smarter This Month,” The Boston Globe, May 1, 2017.  

Margaux Cerruti, “Contemporary Art in 10 Works: The Big Picture by Matthew Israel,” Whitewall Magazine, April 17, 2017.

“These 10 Artworks Tell the Story of Contemporary Art,” Artsy, March 24, 2017.

John Donahue, ”Date Night, Get it Right: MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York,” RALLY by Eventbrite, October 23, 2015.

Who’s Who: Internet Art.” W Art (W's Annual Art Issue), May 2015, 13-16.

100 Top Creatives.” ORIGIN, March/April 2015, 29.

Megan Specia, ”ISIS militants bulldoze ancient archaeological site in Iraq.”, March 5, 2015.

Megan Specia, “The ISIS campaign to erase history.”, February 26, 2015. 

Sasha Levine, “The Art World Responds to the Jeff Koons Retrospective,” Departures, July/August 2014.

“Spotlight on Students and Alumni: Matthew Israel,” Institute of Fine Arts Annual 2013-2014, 27.

Rebecca Bronfein Raphael, ”Artsy Postcard: Art Basel.” Travel & Leisure, June 20, 2014. 

Interview with Thomas Hill, Art Librarian at Vassar College, about The Art Genome Project, Artsy, and taxonomies in relation to the history of art, WVKR, Poughkeepsie, NY, May 21, 2014.

Marco Santana, “Art Genome Project Leader to Speak at Tech Event,” The Des Moines Register, April 4, 2014.

Holly Hines, “Speaker Promotes Access to Art,” Iowa City Press-Citizen, April 4, 2014. 

Russell Jaffe, “Matthew Israel on how The Art Genome Project is making the world of art more comprehensible,” Little Village: Iowa City, April 4, 2014.

Elizabeth Randolph. “Mapping the Art Genome.” Vassar Quarterly, Fall 2013.

Interviewed by EdLab’s New Learning Times, February 25, 2013. 

Named one of the fifty “influential art figures to follow on Twitter” by Complex, February 12, 2013.

Interviewed as part of American Made Awards (Martha Stewart) nomination of and Carter Cleveland, Fall 2012.

Interviewed by the Museum Geek blog, September 21, 2012. 

Interviewed by Christopher Howard in CAA News, April 27, 2011. 


Instructor; Member of Leadership Team, Art Leadership Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
February 2016-Present

  • Taught module on art history and the startup world in new pilot program launched by Stanford University, designed to give leaders in arts organizations the opportunity to engage with Stanford University’s expertise in design thinking, entrepreneurial approaches, and technological innovation.

  • Function as outside advisor on program’s curriculum, as well as choice of pilot participants. Pilot program occurred in August 2016 and be a test for complete program, planned to take place in Summer 2017.

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Art History, New York University, New York, NY
May 2007-May 2009

  • Independently taught four semester-long undergraduate courses: “Contemporary Art” (Internationally, 1970 to the Present), “Contemporary Art in New York” (1970 to the Present), “Cubism to Surrealism” (Western Art, 1907-1945); and “Modern Art” (Western Art, 1789 to the Present).

Instructor, Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
February 2008-November 2009

  • Taught seven five-week intensive courses on the history of modern and contemporary art with close attention to the MoMA collection.

  • Courses were characteristically two hours per session and consisted of lectures in classrooms and in the museum’s galleries. Course titles were as follows: “Modern, Postmodern, Pluralism: Art After 1970”, “Modern in Five”, “Cubism to Surrealism, 1907-1945”, “European Art, 1907-1945”, “From ‘Anti-Form’ to Take Your Time”, “Art Since 1970”, and “Understanding Early Modernism.”

Adjunct Instructor, Parsons, The New School for Design, New York, NY
January-May 2008

  • Taught “Critical Reading and Writing,” an undergraduate foundation course, which sought to improve incoming students’ reading and writing skills through a survey of central design and art-historical texts.


Head Curator, Artsy, New York, NY
June 2018-Present

  • Curate, with Artsy Experiential team, Artsy’s offline exhibitions, installations, and exhibitions—which can be Artsy-led, Artsy Editorial driven, or in partnership with an outside organization

  • Curate, with Artsy Experiential team, Artsy’s offline talks, panels and other non-exhibition programming—which can be Artsy-led, Artsy Editorial driven, or in partnership with an outside organization

  • Function as an ambassador for Artsy’s educational initiatives—via lectures, talks, articles and books

  • Conceive and create brand-building and revenue-generating offline programming for Artsy

  • Develop external partnerships to further Artsy Experiential activations

Curator at Large, Artsy, New York, NY
December 2014-June 2018

  • Function as an ambassador for Artsy’s educational initiatives—via lectures, talks and articles.

  • Recent talks have concerned the future of art history, contemporary art, art and politics, art and innovation, The Big Picture, and The Art Genome Project, and have taken place at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New York Public Library; Institute of Fine Arts, NYU; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian, Institution; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Whitney Museum of American Art; Independent Curators International (ICI); the College Art Association Annual Conference; The Museum of Modern Art; Stanford University; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, among others.

  • Recent articles have been published in Artsy, Education Week, Art Journal and Departures, among other websites and magazines.

Director of Artsy OnSite, Artsy, New York, NY
December 2015-June 2018

  • Lead Artsy OnSite, an initiative Artsy launched in April 2015 that works with artists, galleries and institutions to present intimate events, such as conversations with artists, curator-led exhibition tours, studio visits, performances, films, or book launches.

  • OnSite seeks to connect Artsy's growing online audience to with artists and the contemporary art world—in person and offline.

  • OnSite has hosted over 70 artist and curator conversations globally with some of the most critically-acclaimed artists and curators in the world, such as Tony Cragg, Judy Chicago, Analia Saban, Richard Misrach, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Random International, Ali Banisadr, Taryn Simon, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jens Hoffmann, Kadar Brock, Hank Willis Thomas, John Elderfield, Sam Moyer, Adam Pendleton, Diana Al-Hadid, Will Ryman, Michael Sailstorfer, Kalup Linzy, Katherine Bradford, Karl Haendel, Faye Toogood, Hugo McCloud, Caitlin Keogh and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, among many others.

  • Gallery and museum collaborators have included Guggenheim Museum, Pace, Gagosian, Sean Kelly, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, Lisson Gallery, Japan Society, Johann König, Marian Goodman, Victoria Miro, Judd Foundation, Lehmann Maupin, and the Bass Museum, among many others.

  • Artsy OnSites have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Berlin, Brussels, Munich, and Hong Kong.

Director Emeritus & Advisor, The Art Genome Project, Artsy, New York, NY
December 2014-Present

  • Advise current team at Artsy working on The Art Genome Project on various initiatives. Meet regularly with current director to consider current and future projects, challenges and growth opportunities.

Freelance Writer
May 2000-Present

Director of The Art Genome Project, Artsy, New York, NY
February 2011-November 2014

  • Founding director of the first large-scale similarity search for art, which currently involves 40,000 artists and 300,000 artworks from thousands of museums and galleries around the world.

  • Built and led a team, which ranged from 7-14 people over four years, towards establishment of a 1000+ term vocabulary for all of art history and contemporary art, as well as the implementation of vocabulary definitions, and standards for applying such terms to artists and artists.

  • Collaborated with designers, mathematicians and engineers to create the online user experience for art similarity search. Worked with Artsy colleagues to promote The Art Genome Project to museums and galleries worldwide. Led larger educational endeavors such as Artsy's partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the creation of Artsy Education microsite.

  • Wrote various articles on art-historical issues for Artsy and elsewhere. Delivered talks at major conferences and for influential organizations on The Art Genome Project and the educational value of Artsy.

Member, Authentication Committee, The Keith Haring Foundation, New York, NY
September 2010-September 2012

  • Until the authentication committee was dissolved, worked in concert with two other outside members (one art history professor and curator, and one conservator) to determine authenticity of Haring works.

  • Met on a monthly basis to finalize decisions on certain cases. Presented cases to director and board of foundation.

Consultant, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY
November 2010-May 2011

  • Contributed original writing for artists’ press materials and exhibition catalogues.

  • Completed projects involving Alexander Calder, Kazimir Malevich, Pablo Picasso, Richard Serra, Damien Hirst, Mike Kelley, Piotr Uklanlski, Franceso Vezzoli and Ellen Gallagher, among others.

Director of Operations, The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, New York, NY
January 2010-October 2010

  • Managed all aspects of the promotion and clarification of the ideals and intentions of the artist’s work.

  • Included both long-term projects and day-to-day activities, such as current and future museum and gallery exhibitions, scholarship, case studies of installations and current issues with the work, as well as reproduction permissions.

Consultant, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
January-May 2008; October 2010-March 2011

  • Undertook research for Ellsworth Kelly monograph project; focused primarily on a chronology of the artist’s life.

  • Wrote press releases for gallery’s three New York exhibition spaces, which featured new exhibitions roughly every two months.

Part-Time Administrator, The Peter Hujar Archive, New York, NY
July 2005-September 2009

  • Consulted daily with Executor and managed all matters relating to the estate, such as museum and gallery exhibitions, scholarship, conservation, image permissions and sales.

  • Created digital catalogue of all of Hujar’s photographs (4000+ prints).

Research Fellow; Consultant, New Museum, New York, NY
September 2006-September 2007

  • Created an art history of the Bowery for the museum’s resource center, consisting primarily of video and audio interviews with contemporary artists, and an interactive map.

  • Independently compiled and defined various histories of the museum to prepare for a multitude of future projects, such as a book charting the history of the museum, museum exhibitions, multimedia labs, and a digital archive.

Writer, Post-War & Contemporary Art Department, Christie's, New York, NY
June 2007-August 2007

  • Researched and wrote essays on a freelance basis for outgoing proposals and for major auctions, such as the November Postwar and Contemporary Evening Sales.

Project Assistant, Art Spaces Archive Project (AS-AP), New York, NY
June 2005-September 2005

  • Contributed original research to online database seeking to preserve, present, and protect the archival heritage of living and defunct for- and not-for-profit spaces of the “alternative” or “avant-garde” movement of the 1950s to the present throughout the United States.

Assistant to the Director, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY
November 2000-August 2002

  • Managed artists’ reproductions and interviews; supervised the creation of new gallery website; sold, distributed and promoted Matthew Marks Gallery publications; prepared reproductions of artwork for private clients and museums and maintained archives for all artists.


Elected to Board of Officers, Institute of Fine Arts Alumni Association 

Institute of Fine Arts Fellowship

Chester Dale Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art (nominated)
Institute of Fine Arts Fellowship
Patricia Dunn Lehrman Fellowship, New York University (nominated)
Alumni Association Summer Travel Fellowship, New York University

Institute of Fine Arts Fellowship
Eliza Buffington Fellowship, Vassar College

Institute of Fine Arts/New Museum of Contemporary Art Fellowship
Morse Academic Plan Preceptorship (declined)
Karen and Leo Gutmann Foundation Award

Institute of Fine Arts Fellowship
Member, NYU Interdisciplinary Forum on Forms of Seeing
Karen and Leo Gutmann Foundation Award

Karen and Leo Gutmann Foundation Award
Shelby White and Leon Levy Travel Award

Award of distinction for undergraduate thesis on Shakespearean authorship