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Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam

Art

Nationality: Israeli

Biography:
Yaacov Agam (b. May 11, 1928 - ), born Yaacov Gibstein, has been and continues to be a leading Israeli artist. As a sculptor and experimental artist, he is most well-known for his influence on optical and kinetic art, both of which stress change and movement. Even at the beginning of his career, Agam created abstract, kinetic work, often incorporating light and sound, that placed a focus on viewer participation. This strategy of encouraging active involvement from the spectator was still very rare at the time, but this has remained at the core of his practice throughout his career.

Agam began his training in Jerusalem at the Bezalel Academy and studied under the artist Mordecai Ardon. In 1949, he moved to Zurich and then Paris, where he studied with various artists and teachers, including the Bauhaus color-theoretician Johannes Itten, whose work greatly influenced Agam.

In 1953, he had his first solo exhibition in Paris at the Galerie Craven, where he displayed two series of early work. One of the series included grids of painted strips with different designs on opposite sides, creating images that change as viewers shift their position. This specific type of lenticular print was later named after Agam as the “Agamograph.” In 1955, he exhibited at the Galerie Denise René with other influential Kinetic artists, including Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely.

Much of Agam’s work is placed in public spaces to again emphasize spectator participation. Some of his most notable public commissions include a moving salon environment at the Elysée Palace in Paris in 1972, and a 1987 memorial at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem for the victims of the Holocaust. Agam is also responsible for creating the world's largest menorah, based on the original in Jerusalem’s Holy Temple. The structure stands at 32 feet tall and 4,000 pounds at Fifth Avenue and 59th street in New York City.

In 1996, Agam received the Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO for the "Agam Method,” a visual education program for young children. In 2017, the Yaacov Agam Museum of Art opened in his hometown of Rishon LeZion, devoted solely to his works. He continues to live and work in Paris.

 

Yaacov Agam Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
YAACOV AGAM (Israeli, b. 1928) Agamograph Mixed media on board 74 x 21-1/2 inches (188.0 x 54.6 cm) Ed. 12/99 Signe
YAACOV AGAM (Israeli, b. 1928) Agamograph Mixed media on board 74 x 21-1/2 inches (188.0 x 54.6 cm) Ed. 12/99 Signe...
Lot 72059
Auction 5083
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
$14,340.00
YAACOV AGAM (Israeli, b. 1928) Nines, 1984 Screenprint on folded paper 40 x 40 x 4 inches (101.6 x 101.6 x 10.2 cm)
YAACOV AGAM (Israeli, b. 1928) Nines, 1984 Screenprint on folded paper 40 x 40 x 4 inches (101.6 x 101.6 x 10.2 cm) ...
Lot 64106
Auction 5146
Saturday, November 2, 2013
$5,000.00
YAACOV AGAM (Israeli, b. 1928) Agamorama (Accelerated Rhythme) Polychromed wood and laminate with rotating mechanism
YAACOV AGAM (Israeli, b. 1928) Agamorama (Accelerated Rhythme) Polychromed wood and laminate with rotating mechanism ...
Lot 72062
Auction 5138
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
$4,687.50
Yaacov Agam (Israeli, b. 1928) Twelve works from The Twelve Tribes of Israel series Screenprints in colors on wove pap...
Yaacov Agam (Israeli, b. 1928) Twelve works from The Twelve Tribes of Israel series Screenprints in colors on wove pap... (Total: 12 Items)
Lot 61690
Auction 5360
Sunday, June 10, 2018
$3,125.00
Yaacov Agam (Israeli, b. 1928) Mystery Watch, c. 1989 Wristwatch in a fitted Plexiglas case 8-1/8 inches long (20.6 c
Yaacov Agam (Israeli, b. 1928) Mystery Watch, c. 1989 Wristwatch in a fitted Plexiglas case 8-1/8 inches long (20.6 c...
Lot 62370
Auction 5360
Sunday, June 10, 2018
$1,062.50

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Yaacov Agam (b. 1928) Message of Peace, from Official Arts Portfolio of the XXIVth Olympiad, Seoul, Korea, 1988 Se... (1...
Yaacov Agam (b. 1928) Message of Peace, from Official Arts Portfolio of the XXIVth Olympiad, Seoul, Korea, 1988 Se... (1)

Auction 191830
Thursday, July 26, 2018
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