Matthew Israel

Chief Curator & Co-Founder

Throughout his career, Matthew has helped leading international organizations to create world-class art exhibitions, programming, and editorial content (both online and off). He joined Artful in Fall 2019 due to his passion for art travel and belief in the value of sharing unique, intimate, and sophisticated experiences of contemporary art with a wider public.

Matthew holds a BA in English Literature from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in art history and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He was the founding Director of The Art Genome Project at Artsy, where he worked for almost nine years, eventually becoming its Head Curator. Matthew has worked in major galleries (Matthew Marks and Gagosian), managed artist estates and foundations (Felix Gonzales-Torres and Peter Hujar), written for prestigious art magazines and museum publications, and has authored three books: Kill for Peace: American Art Against the Vietnam War; The Big Picture: Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists, and A Year in the Art World: An Insider's View.

Matthew has traveled around the world to see contemporary art; among his favorite experiences thus far are documenta in Kassel, Germany, Art Basel in Hong Kong, and a cross-country U.S. road trip to visit major museums and iconic collections across the fifty states.

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