Buky Schwartz

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Buky Schwartz
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Buky Schwartz, 1980
Born(1932-06-16)June 16, 1932
DiedSeptember 1, 2009(2009-09-01) (aged 77)
EducationAvni Institute of Art and Design, Tel Aviv
Saint Martin's School of Art, London
Known forSculpture
MovementIsraeli art

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


Moshe (Buky) Schwartz was born in Jerusalem. 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 to study at Saint Martin's School of Art. In 1966–1967, he taught at Saint Martin's.[2]

Art career[edit]

"Reflection Triangle," 1980

After returning to Israel in 1963, he became known for his painted steel sculptures that were predominately geometric in form. In 1971, he moved to New York City and began making "video structures" in which he filled a room with shapes that came together as a unified whole when projected on a video screen. He also placed mirrors inside sculptures that reflected the sculpture as a whole or certain parts of it. Schwartz also created conceptual art based on an exploration of his own body.[3] He showed his video installations at The Cultural Space on Canal Street in Manhattan.[4]

Schwartz lived and worked in Tel Aviv and New York City until his death in 2009.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 1961 Sainsbury Awards, Sainsbury's, United Kingdom
  • 1962 German Critics' Prize, Association of German Critics, Berlin, Germany
  • 1965 Dizengoff Prize for Sculpture[5]
  • 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 Program, 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 Elhanani Prize, Tel Aviv, for Integration of Art and Architecture
  • Yehoshua Rabinowitz Fund for Arts, for his painted steel sculpture at Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv

Outdoor sculptures[edit]


Buky Schwartz's family donated his archival collection to the Israel Museum, Jerusalem in 2019. The Buky Schwartz Archive is housed at the museum's Information Center for Israeli Art. It contains some 2,000 archival items documenting the work process of the artist. Throughout his career Schwartz collected materials pertaining to his works including: handwritten installation manuals, correspondence, photographs, sketches, prints, negatives, invitations to exhibitions and other documentation. The content of the artist's analog video collection, approximately 50 tapes, consists of documentation of video installations, works in progress, and press releases including interviews with the artist. The video documentation of Schwartz’s installations illustrates the mechanics of the work, and the impact the work had on viewers.

The Information Center is in the process of digitizing and cataloging the collection to make the images more accessible.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ About Buky Schwartz
  2. ^ Information Center for Israel Art, Israel Museum
  3. ^ The 1970s in Israeli art
  4. ^ The Rise and Fall of an Artists' Colony
  5. ^ "List of Dizengoff Prize laureates" (PDF) (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv Municipality. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17.
  6. ^ The Information Center for Israeli Art website

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, 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, Tel-Aviv Museum, 1969.
  • Videoart.net, 'Buky Schwartz Videoconstructions', with commentary by John G.Hanhardt, 2007.

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