Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam (Hebrew יעקב אגם; born May 11, 1928 in Rishon LeZion, Palestine ) is an Israeli artist and representatives of kinetic art.

Life and work

Agam, Yaacov Gipstein born, the son of a strict religious rabbi and Kabbalist. From 1946 to 1949 he studied Fine Art at the Jerusalem Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design at Mordecai Ardon, a Bauhaus student, in 1949 in Switzerland, in Zurich at the art school at Johannes Itten, a former Bauhaus teacher, moreover, took it also pulses on the aesthetic and mathematical theories of Max Bill and those realized in the first half of the 20th century concrete and constructive art direction. In 1951 he went to Paris, where he still lives today.

He studied at the Atelier d'art abstrait and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere. He had his first solo exhibition in 1953 at Galerie Craven. Two years later he participated in the first international exhibition of kinetic art at the Galerie Denise René in Paris, in part. In 1964 was Yaacov Agam at the documenta III in Kassel.

Back in the early 1950s began Agam, to care for kinetic elements. He worked with various media that he put together to complete works of art. It created both sound and Tastbilder that changed to the touch, as well as works in which sound, light and water elements combined (music Fontaine La Defense, Paris 1976). Agam frequently made ​​use here of the material acrylic, the light and color permeability gave him new creative possibilities.

His artistic vision is documented in a constant search for ways of connecting art and technology, between form and color. It arose fan-shaped, ajar to the Op Art relief of similar images that were perforated and in which one could thus have insight. Each position of the observer therefore altered the artwork, the viewer became the " co-creator " of the art.

Awards and prizes