|Born||November 7, 1948
|Training||Pratt Institute, New York|
Born on November 7, 1948 in a Displaced Persons camp in Linz, Austria. In 1949, he immigrated to Israel. In 1958 he moved with his parents to the United States where he attended the Brooklyn Museum School, Brooklyn, NY from 1966 to 1968. In 1972 he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. In 1973 he received his Master of Fine Arts, State University of New York, Albany, New York. From 1973 to 1984 he was instructor of painting and drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. In 1984 he taught painting at the New York Academy of Art, New York, New York. Israel Hershberg moved back to Israel with his wife and family in 1984. In 1991 he was awarded the Sandberg Prize for Israel art and in 1998 the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Isracard) Prize for Israel Art. The artist is the Founder and Director of the Jerusalem Studio School in Jerusalem. His work is included in private and public collections internationally. Israel Hershberg is represented by the Marlborough Gallery, New York, and lives and works in Jerusalem, Israel.
In the early 1980s Hershberg entered into a business relationship, with local Baltimore businessman, David Ely, to produce Judaic themed works of art, in the painting style of the Old Masters. He produced many valuable paintings, which are currently held in numerous private collections. The paintings from this era of his career were signed in Hebrew "Har Zvi" which is the Hebrew translation of the Germanic surname "Hershberg". Oddly enough Hershberg has denied this well documented part of his career, and has been the subject of a lawsuit in The Jerusalem District Court requiring him to acknowledge the "Har Zvi" works as his own. In March 2013 The Jerusalem District Court ruled against Hershberg and dismissed his claims that he did not sign "Har Tzvi". The court ruled that Hershberg did sign Har Tzvi, and that the paintings subject to the litigation are actually his work. The court dismissed Hersberg's claims based, among others, on consideraions of unreliability. In a save face strategy Hershberg opted to appeal the verdict and is currently trying to fashion a comprehensible argument to paint him in a more favorable light. These early works are now planned to go on exhibitions and auctions worldwide.
Recognition and Awards
Hershberg was the recipient of a Ford Foundation scholarship in 1980. He was awarded the Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art in 1991 and the Tel Aviv Museum prize for Israeli Art in 1998. His work has been purchased by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum in New York City and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
Cow's Tongue No. 74, 1987-88
Israel Museum Collection
Seven Smoked Fish on a Grinding Slab, 1992
Israel Museum Collection
"Aria Umbra" (2003-2004), Oil on linen, 119 x 250 cm. Collection: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
- 1966-68 Brooklyn Museum School, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
- 1969-72 B.A. Fine Arts, Pratt Institute, New York.
- 1973 M.F.A. State University of New York, Albany, New York.
- 1973-1984 Instructor of Painting at Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
- 1984 New York Academy of Art, New York
- 1998 to present Jerusalem Studio School
Awards and Prizes
- 1980 Ford Foundation Scholarship
- 1991 Sandberg Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
- 1991 Isracard and Tel Aviv Museum Prize for an Israeli Artist, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
- 1998 Tel Aviv Museum Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
- Israel Hershberg: Fields of Vision at the Israel Museum Interview With Israel Hershberg in the Huffington Post
- Interview With Israel Hershberg Interview With Israel Hershberg in the Painting Perceptions Blog
- Israel Hershberg collection at the Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012
- "Israel Hershberg". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012.
- Art of Israel Hershberg at Europeana. Retrieved February 2012
- "From Afar" Exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea
- Director's Statement, Jerusalem Studio School
- Israel Hershberg website
- Schwarz, Arturo. Love at First Sight, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2001, pp. 75–76, 100.
- Goodman, Susan Tumarkin. After Rabin – New Art from Israel, exhibition catalog, The Jewish Museum, New York, 1998, pp. 69, 80.
- Green, David. “Master of the Class,” The Jerusalem Report, February 5, 1998, pp. 42–44.
- Kushner, Anita. “Confronting the Human Figure”, Haaretz Magazine, March 12, 1999, p. 25.
- Sheffi, Smadar. “Return to Realism” (“Hazarah l’Realizm”, in Hebrew), Haaretz, August 3, 1999.
- Hausman, Tamar. “Getting It All Figured Out”, Haaretz, March 16, 2001.
- Burstein, Dror. “Turning the Bowl on its Edge” (“Hofech et HaKearah Al Piha”, in Hebrew), Kol Ha’Ir, Dec. 5, 2003, p. 67.