Yaacov Agam (1928- )
· Agam is known as the “Father of Kinetic Art,” which is art
that incorporates movement as part of the design. Agam invites the viewer to
come close, touch, move, and participate actively with the art. This interaction
allows the viewer to fully appreciate the aesthetics of the art and the
changing experience it provides in the 4th dimension:
· Agam created the “Agamograph,” which is multiple series of
images viewed through a lenticular lens, creating change at every angle.
· Agam was selected to hold a one-man retrospective at the
Guggenheim museum in New York City in 1981.
· Agam’s works are featured in major locations all around
the world, including the “Villa Regina” tower in Miami, “The Agam Fountain” in Paris,
“Fire and Water Fountain” in Tel Aviv, Israel, “Reflection and Depth” at the
Port Authority in New York, “Communication X9” on Michigan Avenue in Chicago,
and “Communication Night and Day” at the AT&T Building in New York.
· Agam was commissioned by George Pompidou (president of the
French Republic) to create “Elysee Salon.” The work of art is an entire room (i.e.
salon) within the Pompidou museum in Paris, It consists of polymorphic and
metapolymorphic works which transform as the viewer moves around within the space.
The accuracy of the work is evident in the simple fact that the floor covering
alone took 4 1/2 years to complete.
· On December 15, 2010, a painting by Agam sold at auction
for $698,000 at Sotheby’s New York, the highest price ever paid for the work of
an Israeli artist.
· Agam has a new museum currently under construction in
Israel dedicated to his life and art.