Moshe Gershuni

1936 - 2017
Moshe Gershuni was born in 1936 in Tel Aviv to parents who migrated from Poland; He grew up in a secular home, had a religious education throughout his childhood. His future works were heavily influenced by religious teachings, as well as the effects of the Holocaust. Gershuni’s artistic path began in the 60's of the 20th century with abstract sculpture in "Avni Institute of Art and Design" where his teachers were part of the art movement "Ofakim Hadashim". His first solo exhibition was unveiled in 1969 in the Israel Museum. He presented abstract paintings and sculptures in which he expressed the influence of "Pop Art" on his works. In the 1970's Gershuni produced a series of works which were influenced by conceptual art while at the same time referring to the post-minimalist values at the time. He exposes the process of the artist work while Gershuni preserved the characteristics of form within conceptual art, that is, the use of text, its arrangement in series and the reflexive dimension of the works. Among the new characteristics that appeared in his works, was a whole series of clearly biographical references, both to the artist and to his family. During those years Gershuni was a member of the group "Metzer – Messer Project" their activities emphasized the work methods of art as an element in social progress. In 1972 Gershuni began to teach in the Department of Fine Arts of “Bezalel.” He was considered one of the central teachers that supported experimental and political art. This controversy lead tohim being fired. . In 1978 Gershuni began to teach at "HaMidrasha" in Ramat Hasharon until 1986. During those years he exhibited installations in different museums and galleries. In 1977 he began to incorporate the memory of the Holocaust to a greater extend and even exhibited in the Israeli Pavilion at the Venice Biennial of Art. By the early 1980's you can see a drastic change in his work, he started to use the color red in his works, referencing the Holocaust and conjuring personal, zionistic, Muslim and Christian symbols. All this while sharing his point of view of himself, which leads to his consciousness as a homo-sexual and adds another layer to his works: the discussion about identity. At the same time, he also worked on prints that incorporated Jewish texts and iconographic elements. In 2003, he was awarded the "Israel Prize for Painting" for his work, but after refusing to attend the ceremony, it was revoked and he was deprived of receiving the prize. Later on, even after his death, his works were exhibited in different exhibitions in Israel and around the world. Gershuni's art stands out for being a re-artist who touches on political, social and personal content and who has influenced Israeli art to free itself from restraint and offer a wealth of emotion on various key issues in the Israeli society.

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Moshe Gershuni
Ability to Return to Figurative Painting, 1989,…

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1100

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Moshe Gershuni
God, Gold leaf and print on masonite,…

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4000

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Moshe Gershuni
I am a Soldier, Mixed media on…

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3000

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A Great Soldier, Mixed media on paper…

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4000

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Moshe Gershuni
Composition in Green, mixed technique on paper,…

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3600

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Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, mixed technique on paper, 133x103 cm.…

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3000

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Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, Mixed media on paper, 65x50 cm.…

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Moshe Gershuni
“For my brothers and Friends", Mixed media…

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2200

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Moshe Gershuni
“He who Dwells in the Covert", Mixed…

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$6,000 - $9,000

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Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, 1993, print on paper, 48X63 cm,…

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130

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Moshe Gershuni
Jerusalem Nights, 1986, Oil and mixed media…

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14000

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Moshe Gershuni
Seductive, 2000, Oil and mixed media on…

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$8,000 - $12,000

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Moshe Gershuni
“L’eala and L’eala”, 1984, Mixed media on…

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5000

Lot : 149

Moshe Gershuni
Goodbye Soldier, Mixed media on paper, 50X70…

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2000

Lot : 150

Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, Mixed media on paper, 133X103 cm.…

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$6,000 - $9,000

Lot : 349

Moshe Gershuni
For my Brother and my Friend, Mixed…

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900

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Moshe Gershuni
Small Jig, Mixed media on cardboard, 44X28…

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900

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Moshe Gershuni
Glory and Eternity, 1987, Mixed media on…

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4600

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Moshe Gershuni
Composition in Green, Mixed media on paper,…

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$6,000 - $9,000

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Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, 1965-6, Oil on canvas, 114X145 cm.…

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6500

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Moshe Gershuni
Small jig, Mixed media on cardboard, 44X28…

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1100

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Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, mixed media on transparency, 33X20.5 cm.…

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$1,200 - $1,600

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Moshe Gershuni
Untitled (Say: Neighbor My Name), 1992 Aquatint,…

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440

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Moshe Gershuni
Returning home Soldier, mixed media on paper,…

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2000

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Moshe Gershuni
Star of David, Mixed media on paper,…

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2600

Lot : 135

Moshe Gershuni
The Glory and Eternity, Oil and mixed…

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2400

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Moshe Gershuni
“I’m Sorry for You”, Mixed media on…

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4000

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Moshe Gershuni
Sitting in Upper Secret, 1984, Mixed media…

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Moshe Gershuni
I am a Soldier, Oil and mixed…

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4000

Lot : 106

Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, 1999, Oil and mixed media on…

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$12,000 - $16,000

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Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, 1999, Mixed media on paper, 163X108…

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$12,000 - $16,000

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Moshe Gershuni
From the Wreath Series, Mixed media and…

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1300

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Moshe Gershuni
"There, on the edge of the waterfall",…

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1100

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Moshe Gershuni
From the "Bouquet of step", 1989-1993, mixed…

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2400

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Moshe Gershuni
Wreath, 1990, Mixed media on paper, 105X65…

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9500

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Moshe Gershuni
Untitled, 1993, Mixed media on paper, 65X103…

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4000

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