Buky Schwartz

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Buky Schwartz
Buky Schwartz.jpg
Buky Schwartz in 1980
Photographer: Stanley I. Batkin
Born (1932-06-16)June 16, 1932
Died September 1, 2009(2009-09-01) (aged 77)
Nationality Israeli
Education Avni Institute of Art and Design, Tel Aviv
Saint Martin's School of Art, London
Known for Sculpture
Movement Israeli art

Buky Schwartz (pronounced BOO-kie) (Hebrew: בוקי שוורץ‎; June 16, 1932 – September 1, 2009) was an Israeli sculptor and video artist.


Schwartz was born in Jerusalem in 1932. From 1956 to 1958, he studied sculpture with Yitzhak Danziger (1916–1977) at the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv. In 1959, he moved to London, where he studied at Saint Martin's School of Art from 1959 to 1962. After returning to Israel in 1963, he created severely geometrical painted steel sculptures. In 1971, he moved to New York City, and began incorporating and making "video structures", videos in his large constructions, filling a room with different shapes which were all projected on a video screen as a unified whole. At that time he also placed mirrors within sculptures, reflecting both their full form and, from certain angles, their amputated parts. His video works are widely regarded in the United States as a landmark in the development of this medium. He lived and worked in both Tel Aviv and New York[1] until his death in 2009.


  • 1957-59 Avni Institute of Art and Design, Tel Aviv
  • 1959-62 Saint Martin's School of Art, London


  • 1966-67 Saint Martin's School of Art, London


  • 1961 Sainsbury Awards, Sainsbury's, United Kingdom
  • 1962 German Critics' Prize, Association of German Critics, Berlin, Germany
  • 1965 was awarded the Dizengoff Prize for Sculpture.[2]
  • 1971 Nuremberg Urban Symposium Purchase Award, Nuremberg Urban Symposium, Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1980 Fellowship, Community Arts Partnership, New York, USA
  • 1983 Video Art Award, New York State Council on the Arts, New York, USA
  • 1983 Residency Programme, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, USA
  • 1987 Guggenheim Award, Guggenheim, New York, USA
  • 1988 Sculpture Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, USA
  • 1989 Annual International Prize for Video Sculpture, L'immagine Elettronica, Italy
  • 1990 Grant for Publication, Guggenheim, New York, USA
  • 1991 Painting and sculpture prize, Ministry of Culture and Education
  • 1992 Video Sculpture Prize, Pollok Prize
  • 1995 architect Arie El Hanani, Tel Aviv, Prize for Integration of Art and architecture
  • Yehoshua Rabinowitz Fund for Arts, for his painted steel sculpture at Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv

Public sculptures[edit]



Further reading[edit]

  • Bex, F., W. van Mulders, and H. van Pelt, Beyond Surface: Peter Berg, Benni Efrat, Tim Head, Buky Schwartz, Antwerp. Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, 1980.
  • Hanhardt, John G., Buky Schwartz Videotapes 1978-80, Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, 1980.
  • Museum of Israeli Art, Buky Schwartz 1990, Ramat-Gan, Israel, Museum of Israeli Art, 1990.
  • Tel-Aviv Museum, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Buky Schwartz Sculptures, Tel-Aviv, The Tel-Aviv Museum, 1969.
  • Videoart.net, 'Buky Schwartz Videoconstructions', with, commentary by John G.Hanhardt, 2007.

External links[edit]

  • Buky Schwartz artist's website [5]