Beloosesky Gallery is interested in purchasing original paintings by Moshe Gershuni. 

Please call (917) 749-4577 or email us at info@beloosesky.com

 

Moshe Gershuni is a painter and sculptor born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1936. Gershuni’s family emigrated from Poland, and was able to save several (but not all) family members from the Nazis.

 

Like many Jews arriving in Israel at the time, Gershuni was greatly influenced by the cloud of World War II for the rest of his life. Gershuni said in an interview, “it was in my consciousness, it was almost the center of my consciousness, in spite of the fact that my early years included the founding of the State and the war with the Arabs, but everything was a function of that experience.”

 

Gershuni didn’t pursue his career in art until his father’s death in 1960 when he began night classes at the Avni Institute of Art and Design. His early sculptural work was abstract and influenced by the Pop Art scene of the 1960s. As his style progressed he began to incorporate elements of minimalism, and started using found objects in his work including tires and inner tubes.

 

His work turned more conceptual after this period, owing influence from American conceptual artists of the time, Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman. In a studio interview Gershuni reflected on how the Holocaust remained a focal point, “it was in my consciousness, it was almost the center of my consciousness, in spite of the fact that my early years included the founding of the State and the war with the Arabs, but everything was a function of that experience.”

 

Moshe Gershuni’s work, while somewhat controversial, has had a widespread influence on Israeli art. He received the Israel Prize for art in 2003, however due to his refusal to shake the hand of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had the award subsequently revoked. In spite of this a retrospective of Gershuni’s work was put together at the Tel Aviv museum in 2010.

 

Lives and works in Tel Aviv.

 

 

Exhibition History

 

1936        Born in Tel Aviv, Israel

1960-64   Studied at the Avni Art Institute, Tel Aviv

1972-77   Teacher at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

1978-86   Teacher at the Art Teachers Training College, Ramat Hasharon

 

Selected Awards

1969      Aika Brown Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1982      The Sandburg Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1988      Minister of Culture Award for Painting and Sculpture

1989      Eugen Kolb Prize for Isaeli Graphic Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art

2003      The Israel Prize

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

1966      Isael Museum, Jerusalem

1980      Tel Aviv Museum of Art

1982      Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf

1983      Art Museum, Munster, Germany

1984      Jerusalem Print Workshop; I.C.A., Boston, U.S.A.

1986      Israel Museum, Jerusalem

1988      “Thirteen Etchings for Poems by C.N. Bailik,” Tel Aviv Museum of Art

1990      Tel Aviv Museum of Art

1993      Prints, Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan

1997      Jerusalem Print Workshop

1998      Artists’ Studios Gallery, Tel Aviv

1999      Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Centrum Yudaicum, Berlin