Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam was born in Rishon LeZion, Palestine (Israel) in 1928 to a religious family. He was trained at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before moving to Zurich, Switzerland in 1949. In Zurich he studied under Johannes Itten at the Kunstgewerbeschule and was also influenced by the painter and sculptor Max Bill. In 1951 Agam moved to Paris, France where he still lives. He has a daughter and two sons. Agam established himself as one of the leading pioneers of kinetic art as early as 1955. His artistic credo published in 1964 hasn’t changed since. Agam states:“My intention was to create a work of art which would transcend the visible … with the understanding that it is a partial revelation and not the perpetuation of the existing.” Agam’s work is usually abstract kinetic art, with movement, viewer participation and frequent use of light and sound. His works are placed in many public spaces around the world. Among his most famous public art installations in Israel is the water fountain at Dizengoff Square, Tel Aviv which provoked a vigorous public discussion. Agam is one of the highest selling Israeli artists and in 2010 he sold a piece which was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York at a record breaking sum of $698,000.

The Yaacov Agam Museum in the artist's hometown of Rishon LeZion, Israel, is now open. 

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Visual Exploration

Orginial, Triptych

Center: Polymorph Oil on Wood

Sides: Oil on Canvas

63 x 90 cm

Rainbow Rhythm

Polymorph

75 x 220 cm

2+3=4

Polymorph

63 x 90 cm

Never Too Late

Original, Aluminum on Metal Board

27 x 27 x 3 cm

Midnight

Polymorph

54 x 72 cm

Expanding Space

Original, Polymorph, Oil on Aluminum

66 x 66 cm

9up

Agamograph

36 x 36 cm

Spring Autumn

Original, Agamograph

36 x 36 cm

Pace of Time

Polymorph

44 x 51 cm