Iskowitz, Gershon

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Iskowitz, Gershon

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1921-1988

History

Gershon Iskowitz (1921-1988) was an abstract painter based in Toronto for much of his artistic career. Born in Kielce, Poland, he survived internment in Nazi concentration camps and lost his entire family in the Holocaust. Iskowitz studied art in Munich at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in 1947, soon transferring to private studies with Oskar Kokoschka. He moved to Toronto in 1949. His work developed from wartime imagery to a focus on landscapes (particularly inspired by practice in the Parry Sound area), eventually arriving at his mature abstract expressionist style in 1967. Iskowitz began exhibiting with Gallery Moos in 1964, a relationship which continued throughout his career. He taught at the New School (Toronto) from 1967-1970, and his informal mentoring of artists in Toronto is often noted. Iskowitz, along with Walter Redinger, represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1972. The artist established the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in 1985, with the mandate of awarding the Gershon Iskowitz Prize to a mature practising artist; since 2007 the Foundation has partnered with the Art Gallery of Ontario to administer the Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO.

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Gershon Iskowitz Foundation (1985-)

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AGOAC00451

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1985 - 1988

Description of relationship

Gershon Iskowitz founded the Gershon Iskowitz Foundation in 1985. Iskowitz passed away in 1988.

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Artist

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Iskowitz was an abstract painter.

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AGOAC00461

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ON00012

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

August 9, 2013

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  • English

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