American, Born in Israel, educated in England and the US
1983-85 Hunter College, New York, New York, M.F.A.
1979-81 School of Visual Arts, New York, New York, B.F.A.
1977-78 Wimbledon School of Art, London, England
Professional Teaching Career
1994-2000 Dept. of Art, State University of New York, Stony Brook
1980-1983 / 1989-1990 School of Visual Art, New York
Abstract Expressionist Sculpture and Public Art Projects
The Lily Pond series revolves around a collection of sculptures, curious, craftsman-like feats atop circular granite slabs that appear to float, like massive lily pads, throughout the gallery (and in reality are supported by clusters of metal legs). Made out of stone and weathered, rust-colored steel, the pieces have an ancient, tawny feel. The objects and structures themselves—simple tools and clever architectures—remain nonspecifically old and of mysterious, or mythological, origin—Etruscan or Atlantean? As with archaeology, Averbuch’s findings seek to connect us with a past; two works, a barrel-shaped sculpture and its drawn plans, refer to a cuneiform-inscribed clay cylinder from 539 BCE Mesopotamia that is the first known declaration of human rights. They also speak to potential fates: The Ark, After Paris, a hut in a boat on precarious pylons, evokes the consequences of leaving recent climate accords (and also conjures up the shallow Trojan prince who provoked war, destruction and ultimately his own demise), bringing to mind ancient floods and not-so-distant futures.
Ilan Aberbuch works are made from materials such as stone, wood, steel, copper, lead, glass and aluminum. They are located in public spaces and collections in the United States, Canada, Israel, India and Europe. Averbuch lives and works in a former factory building in Long Island City (Queens) in New York. From 1994 -2000 he taught at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. As a sculptor of large-scale outdoor art, he has worked on many public projects. his Public Projects, was published in 2011 by Charta Art Publications.
Ilan Averbuch is a sculptor Born in Israel, educated in England and the US.
From 1977 to 1978 Averbuch attended Wimbledon School of Art in London, and from 1979 to 1981 he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City In 1982 he received the Rhodes Family Award and in 1985 the D.A.A.D. award in Berlin, Germany. He completed his art education from 1983 to 1985, studying at the Hunter College in New York. From 1985 to 1986 he spent a year in Berlin.
Selected One-Person Exhibitions
Selected One-Person Exhibitions
2017 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2014 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2013 Omer Open Museum, Israel
2011 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2009 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto
2008 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2005 Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York. Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2002 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2001 Galerie Sander, Darmstadt, Germany
2000 Künstverein Hürth, Hürth, Germany
1999 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1999 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1999 Köln Art Fair, Köln, Germany
1998 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada. “New Works, Sculptures and Drawings,”. Galerie Lutz Teutloff, Bielefeld, Germany. Omer Industrial Park, Omer, Israel
1997 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York. The Open Museum, Tefen, Israel
1996 Lutz Teutloff Galerie, Köln, Germany
1995 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1994 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada. Littmann Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
1993 Michael Haas Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York. Julie M. Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel. Lutz Teutloff, Köln, Germany
1992 Het Apollohuis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1991 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York. Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1990 Lavignes-Bastille, Paris, France
1989 Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1988 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1987 Michael Haas Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1987 OK Harris Works of Art, New York
1986 The Jewish Museum, New York. Mabat Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel. DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany
1985 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. Saw Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
1984 Hunter College, New York
1983 OK Harris Works of Art, New York. List Art Center, Brown University, Providence, RI
1981 OK Harris Works of Art, New York
2017 “Dialogues, Art & Architecture,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2011 “The New Nimrods”, Artist House, Jerusalem, curated by Gideon Ofrat
2004 “Museum Opening Exhibition,” Nevada Art Museum, Reno, NV
2003 Shivat Zion, Beyond the Principal of Place, Zman Leomanut, Israel
2003 Givataim Connection, Israel
2003 Genetic Expressions: Art After DNA, Heckscher Museum of Art
2003 Grand Opening of the New Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada
2002 Markers II, Kassel, Germany
2001 DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts.
2001 “Hands” Israel Museum Jerusalem, Israel
2000 “Glass: A Celebration,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
2000 “Narrenschiff,” Leiter Kunsthalle, Osnabrück, Germany
1999 “The Hand”, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
1999 “Gateways”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1999 “Food for Thought”, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit
1998 “25 Years”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1997 “Pier Walk ’97”, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
1996-97 “Collector’s Show”, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
1996 “Small Scale”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1996 Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York
1996 “Summer Pleasures, Summer Treasures”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1995-96 “Concept in Form: Artists’ Sketchbooks and Maquettes”, Works of Art, Palo Alto
1995 Cultural Center, California “Collector’s Show”,
1995 The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
1994 Basel Art Fair, Switzerland
1994 “A Bouquet for Juan”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1994 “Kunstwert”, Berlin, Germany
1994 “Series and Editions”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1994 “Summer Sculpture Show”, Community Gallery, Brooklyn Union, Brooklyn, NY
1993-94 “Collector’s Show”, The Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
1993 “20 Years”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1992 “Sculpture Outdoors”, Philadelphia
1991 “Black and White”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1991 “New York Diary: Almost 25 Different Things”, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
1991 “Sticks and Stones: 10 Artists Work with Nature” Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
1990 “Construction in Process,” Lodz, Poland Historical Museum, Lodz, Poland
1990 “Drawings by Sculptors”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1990″A Natural Order”, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
1989 “Recent Acquisitions” Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
1989 Chicago Art Fair, Illinois
1989 49th Parallel, New York
1989 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1989 Socrates Park, Astoria, Queens, New York
1989 “Summer Pleasures: Water”, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York
1989 “Recent Acquisitions”, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel
1988 Bronfman Centre, Montreal, Canada
1988 The Brooklyn Museum, New York
1988 Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1987 Cologne Art Fair
1987 Michael Haas Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1987 Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada
1987 Tel Noff Sculpture Garden, Israel
1987 “Mythos Berlin,” Anhalter Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
1986 Mythos Berlin Concept Show, Berlin, Germany
1985 “Sculpture on the Square,” Robert Moses Plaza,
1985 Fordham University at Lincoln Center, New York
1985 The Peace Biennale, Hamburg, Germany
1984 “80 Years of Israeli Sculpture,” Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
1984 Jamaica Art Center, Queens, New York
1983 Tel Hai ’83, Tel Hai Art Center, Israel
1982 Organization of Independent Artists, Wards Island, New York
1982 “Sculpture Ô82,” Beaver College, Glenside, Pennsylvania
1982 Tricentennial Exhibition, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1981 Visual Arts Gallery, New York
1979 Visual Arts Gallery, New York
1978 Canzario Park Annual, London, England
Grants & Awards
2012 Americans for the Arts/PAN (Public Art Network) Year in Review winner
2005 Americans for the Arts/PAN (Public Art Network) Year in Review winner
2001 Pollock-Krasner Foundation
1991 Mid-Atlantic Art Award
1985-86 D.A.A.D. Award, Berlin, Germany
1982 Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art, School of Visual Arts, New York
University of Rochester, New York. Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Teutloff Collection at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Florida International University, Florida. Bronfmann Centre, Montreal, Canada. Christopher Horn Collection, Toronto, Canada. Estate of Eugene Klein, California. Harsh Neotia, Ganapati Inc. Calcutta, India. Jean Pierre Lavignes Gallery, Paris, France. Jochen Sanders Collection, Germany. Künstlerhaus, Bethanien, Berlin, Germany. Foundation Eben-Ezer, Lemgo, Germany. Manfred Kronen Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany. Martin Margulies Collection, Florida. Michael Haas Gallery, Berlin, Germany. Open Museum, Tefen. Israel Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, New Jersey. Runnymede Sculpture Farm, Woodside, California. Schöenthal Monastery, Switzerland. Tel Aviv Museum, Israel. Tel Hai Art Center, Israel. Tel Noff Sculpture Garden, Israel. Telesat, Ottawa, Canada
Guest Lecturer & Panel Appointments
2011 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
2009 Sir Wilfred Grinfell College, Newfoundland, Canada
2000 Parsons School of Art and Design, New York
1997 Open Museum, Israel. Opening Talk for Retrospective Show.
1997 Dept. of Art, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
1996 Regional Art and Culture Council, Portland, OR
1995 Queens Museum, panel discussion “German Art Today”.
1988 Brooklyn Museum of Art, panel discussion on Israeli Art.
1988 Yale University, New Haven, CT
1986 Dept. of Art, Technical University, Berlin, Germany
1983 Dept. of Art, Brown University, Providence, RI
Projects and Commissions
2016 Marina Heights, Tempe, AZ
2016 Florida International University, Miami, FL
2015 Discovery Campus, Tempe, AZ
2015 Raleigh, NC: Downtown Remote Operations Facility
2014 Danielson, CT: H.H. Ellis Technical High School
2014 Tel-Hashomer, Israel: Topor Sculpture Garden, Sheba Medical Center
2013 El Paso, TX: A vertical representation of cascading water in front of the tower of a new fire station
2012 Bellingham, WA: A sculpture for Bellingham Technical College
2011 Scottsdale, AZ: A steel sculpture reflecting the cycle of drought and flood in the desert, for Fire Station #1 in a public park
2010 Herriman, Salt Lake County, UT: A towering vertical work for Sorenson Recreation Center
2009 Tamarac, FL: A sculpture in Tephford Park built to commemorate a fallen police officer. Salem, OR: Four part sculpture group marking the entrance of the Oregon State Data Center
2008 Tacoma, WA: An entry sculpture and a sculpture on the platform at South Tacoma Station, Sound Transit Commuter Rail System. Leawood, KS: Centerpiece sculpture for Gezer Park. Phoenix, AZ: An entry sculpture and two on the light rail platforms at Camelback Transit Center
2007 Yehud, Israel: A sculpture in a prominent public traffic circle, funded by Mercury Corporation
2006 Stapleton, Denver, CO: Landmark sculpture as part of the Stapleton urban renewal project. Tierra Verde, FL: A sculpture for Tierra Verde Fire Station #2
2004 Selected to produce a sculpture at Clemson University, Clemson, SC (funds pending)
2004 University of Connecticut–Storrs: A sculpture for the grassy field in front of the Information Technology and Engineering Building
2003 Design Team Artist for Line Section #2, Valley Metro Rail, Phoenix, AZ
2003 Bar-Ilan University, Dahan Park Commision
2003 Meidatech, Naharia Sculpture Garden, Israel
2003 Decarli Square, Stockton, California (project was stopped due to budgetary constraints in California)
2002 The Little Prince Park, Chulon, Israel
2001 Illinois Central College, Peoria, IL: A sculpture in front of the Performing Arts Center
2000 Lavon, Israel: A sculpture marking the entrance to the town
1996 Ganapati Inc., Calcutta, India: A sculpture inside the atrium of the corporate headquarters building
1995 Portland, OR: One sculpture at each of three entrances to the Rose Garden sports arena complex
1989 Tel Aviv, Israel: A sculpture on the beach
1987 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
1983 New York, NY: Fort Tryon Park Project, New York City Parks Department
1982 New York, NY: Foley Square Project, New York City Parks Department
1980 New York, NY: Art in the Park
Selected Catalogues: (*indicates solo catalogues)
*Ilan Averbuch: Reflections. The Omer Open Museum, Israel. Essays: Ruthi Ofek and Rachel Rosenfield Lafo. Foreword: Stef Wertheimer. 2013.
Sculptors at Work: Interviews About the Creative Process. Victor M. Cassidy. McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC.2011.
*Ilan Averbuch: Public Projects. Ilan Averbuch with Mark Daniel Cohen. Milano: Edizioni Charta srl. 2010.
The Teutloff Collection at Brock University Canada
*Ilan Averbuch: Das Gelobte Land. Kunstverein Hürth, Hürth, Germany. 2000.
*Ilan Averbuch, Sculpture and Drawing. The Open Museum, Tefen, Israel. Essays: “Ilan Averbuch: The Intimate Monument,” Carter Ratcliff; “Upon Thy Places and Times,” Dr. Gideon Ofrat. 1997.
*Ilan Averbuch Sculpturen Zeichnugen. Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, and Lutz Teutloff Modern Art, Köln. 1993.
Sticks and Stones, Katonah Museum of Art, New York. 1991.
Israel Contemporary Sculpture: place and mainstream. Hara Museum, Japan. 1991.
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, NEA, Regional Fellowships. 1991.
*Ilan Averbuch. Galerie Michael Haas–Berlin, Nancy Hoffman Gallery–New York, Olga Korper Gallery–Toronto, Lavignes- Bastille–Paris. Essay: “The Monumental Archaeologue: Ilan Averbuch’s Sculpture,” Donald Kuspit. 1990.
A Natural Order, The Hudson River Museum, New York. 1990.
40 From Israel, Contemporary Sculpture and Drawing. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York. 1988.
Fresh Paint. Tel Aviv Museum and Israel Museum. 1988.
Mythos Berlin Project, Berlin, West Germany. 1987.
*Averbuch. Daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany. Essay: “Ilan Averbuch,” Donald Kuspit. 1986.
Contemporary Sculpture from the Martin Z. Marguiles Collection, Grove Isle, Coconut Grove, Florida. Introduction Paula Harper. 1986.
Biennale Des Friedens. Kunsthaus und Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany. 1985.
Israel Art. Israel Museum, Jerusalem. 1985.
Tel Hai 83. Contemporary Art Meeting, Israel. 1983.
Philadelphia Tricentennial Show. 1982.
Artist sculpts ties with muse city, Chandreyee Ghose, Telegraph India, Jan. 10, 2018.
Sculpture, “Ilan Averbuch: Between the Intimate and the Monumental,” Mark Daniel Cohen, June 2010, Vol 29, No 5, p. 56-61.
Sculpture, “Abstraction & Empany, Once Again,” Donald Kuspit, September 2002, Vol 21, No 7, p. 53-57.
Kunst Zeit, Kunstlerportrait, “Der Brückenbauer”, Wolfgang Speen, 3-4/2000.
Review, “Ilan Averbuch, Nancy Hoffman Gallery,” Mark Daniel Cohen, October 1, 1999. p. 12-15.
Mishkafaim, Israel Museum Quarterly, “Kaveda Kenotsa,” Ayana Friedman, June 1999, p. 67-69.
Westfalen-Blatt, Germany, “Suche nach einer Art von Denkmal,” Hans-Werner Buscher, Monday, May 18, 1998.
Welt an Sonntag, Germany, “Zwischen Himmel und Erde,” Katja Derstroff, Sunday, June 7, 1998.
The Jerusalem Post Magazine, Israel, Art, “Coming Home,” Angela Levine, August 22, 1997.
Haaretz, Israel, “Delicate Balance: Ilan Averbuch, Sculpture and Drawing at Open Museum, Tefen,” Smadar Shefi. August 3, 1997.
Sculpture, “An Interview with Ilan Averbuch,” Tracey Hummer. May-June 1997, Vol. 16 No. 5, p. 24-25.
Sculpture, “Ilan Averbuch: The Little Prince: A Three-Part Installation, Portland, Oregon,” Amy Blankstein. April, 1997, Vol. 16, No. 4, p. 13.
The New York Times, Art in Review, “Cast-iron inspiration from India. Ilan Averbuch,” Grace Glueck. Friday, February 14, 1997.
The Sunday Oregonian, Portland. “Location, location, location: The Rose Garden and the Portland Airport unveil expensive new pieces of public art–but only one speaks to its space,” Randy Gragg. Arts, September 17, 1995.
ArtNews, “Ilan Averbuch at Nancy Hoffman,” Diedre Stein Greben. September, 1995, p. 145.
Schweizer Illustrierte, Switzerland, “Literatur in Stein und Holz: In der Galerie Littmann: Schweizer Premiere von Ilan Averbuch,” Guiseppe Cerrato. February 1994, No. 6.
Eindhovens Dagblad, “Sculptuur ‘Wolvin’ van Ilan Averbuch in centrum 2B,” Door Rene van Peer. June 6, 1992.
Arte Factum, “Ilan Averbuch, Eindhoven, Nederland,” Bregtje van der Haak. September-October, 1992.
The Globe and Mail, “Simple symbols in big sculptures,” Kate Taylor, The Arts, Toronto. Friday, May 3, 1991.
Sculpture, “Ilan Averbuch,” Christine Liotta. Vol. 10, No. 2, p. 18-19, March, 1991.
Tage Spiegel, Berlin, “Heiliger Strohsack. Ilan Averbuch en der Galerie Michael Haas,” Sabine Vogel. May 24, 1990.
Profils medico-sociaux, “Averbuch.” March 29, 1990.
New York Times, Review–Ilan Averbuch, Michael Brenson. February 10, 1989.
Flash Art, “Reviews: Ilan Averbuch, Daadgalerie, Berlin,” Beatrice v Bismarck. December 1986-January 1987, p. 97.
Tage Speigel, “Ilan Averbuch,” Thomas Wolfen. June 1987.
N.I.K.E. (New Art from Europe), Munich, “Ilan Averbuch,” Angelika Stepken. April 9, 1986.
Berliner Kunsblatt, Berlin, “Ilan Averbuch,” Angelika Stepken. 1986, No. 49, p. 44-45.
Hadashot Tel Aviv, “Averbuch Against the Law,” D. Ginaton. October 3, 1986.
Hair, “Averbuch Three Corners,” Rafy Lavi. September 26, 1986.
Hadashot Tel Aviv, “Averbuch Sculpture and Drawing at Mabat,” Ruty Rubin. September 24, 1986.
Davar, “Averbuch Sculpture,” Tali Rapoport. September 17, 1986.
Haarez (Tel Aviv), “Ilan Averbuch,” Rafy Keinan. September, 1986.
Yediot Aharonot (Tel Aviv), “Kesem Mity,” Oded Broshy.
Kol Hair (Jerusalem), “Ilan Gadol,” Naomy Aviv, September 26, 1986.
New York Times, Review–Ilan Averbuch, Michael Brenson. May 17, 1985.
Art in America, “Ilan Averbuch at O.K. Harris,” Donald Kuspit. November 1983.
Wimbledon & Morden Guardian, “Sculptor who tied himself in knots.” June 15, 1979, p. 1.