Times Of Israel: Protest Art or Propaganda?

October, 2015 – Times of Israel Blog I spoke with Craig Dershowitz, executive director of Artists4Israel, an artist rights and advocacy group that supports Israel and artistic freedom with a specific focus on contemporary, urban, and disruptive art, about how the recent events at Dismaland can help us understand the intersection between political and artistic expression in Western society today. Alzaqzouq’s action was clearly a protest, but since he was covering up his own art, was it also a form of artistic expression? “Artists4Israel has always resided at the intersection of art, protest, performance, and politics,” according to Dershowitz. “The … Continue reading Times Of Israel: Protest Art or Propaganda?

HADASSAH MAGAZINE: Writing on the Wall

November, 2014 –  HADASSAH MAGAZINE “Though A4I works with artists in all media, it focuses on graffiti and street artists (usually non-Jewish males ages 18 to 35) whose “contemporary, urban and disruptive” works “produce beautiful, radical and effective advocacy initiatives,” according to the A4I website. “Graffiti art is the most democratic of art forms,” explains cofounder and executive director Craig Dershowitz, 37, former creative director of BOMBIN’, a graffiti magazine. “While most media [have] rules and judgments, and artists need materials and a gallery, graffiti art needs only a marker. A spray paint can is the highest form of supplies … Continue reading HADASSAH MAGAZINE: Writing on the Wall

Times of Israel: How to Help: Suggestions for Pro-Israel Advocates

October, 2015 – Times of Israel Blog There are a few organizations, which I couldn’t fit into any of the other categories, but I believe they are fantastic avenues through which to help Israel. I recommend looking into them and consider supporting these wonderful groups. Your support, be it physical or fiscal, can make the crucial difference to bringing the voice of a new and dynamic organization to light: Artists 4 Israel – Artists 4 Israel empowers artists to express their support for both the freedom of artistic and cultural expression within Israel as well as the nation’s right to exist … Continue reading Times of Israel: How to Help: Suggestions for Pro-Israel Advocates

THE TOWER: Can Street Art Change the World?

September 28, 2013 –  THE TOWER “It’s about getting across a certain ideology: that Israel, a champion of freedom of expression, is misrepresented in international politics. But it’s also about portraying Israel as a thriving, vibrant society in its own right—as more than just a controversy-riddled battlefield buried under decades of verbose politicking and campaign mantras. “I’m sick to death of hearing that Israel invented the cherry tomato and the mobile phone,” says Craig Dershowitz, executive director of Artists 4 Israel. “When I go to a college campus, they’re like, ‘Draw a pro-Israel message instead of just graffiti art.’ What do they … Continue reading THE TOWER: Can Street Art Change the World?

THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: Fighting Fire with Water; An Artistic Response to Cultural Terrorism

September 28, 2013 –  THE TIMES OF ISRAEL “I think it is clear that nothing is more sacred than human life and, as such, armed conflict which threatens human life directly is far more terrifying than anything else,” Craig Dershowitz, … Continue reading THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: Fighting Fire with Water; An Artistic Response to Cultural Terrorism

THE NEW YORK TIMES: On a Mission Within Earshot of a War, Armed With Paint

November 14, 2013 – THE NEW YORK TIMES “That’s what graffiti artists do, they write their names,” explained Craig Dershowitz, the founder of Artists 4 Israel, whose copious tattoos include one of the ardent Zionist Zeev Jabotinsky. “The statement is simply: We’re here. If it’s a no man’s land for everyone else, then we might as well claim it for art.” Artists 4 Israel previously painted bomb shelters in the Israeli border town of Sderot, a frequent target of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, and last year caught flak for a West Village mural about gay rights in the Middle … Continue reading THE NEW YORK TIMES: On a Mission Within Earshot of a War, Armed With Paint