Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Experimental Sculpture Evolution : Yaacov Agam's Journey

Not many visual artists are known from the holy land, but Israeli sculptor Yaacov Agam stands out as one of the most influential experimental sculptors today. Agam began his life as Yaakov Gipstein on May 11, 1928. As a young boy, he was already fond of aesthetic elements regularly found everyday, such as the bright colors of cityscapes and building designs. He eventually grew up into a true-blue lover of the arts, studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. He also studied later on with Johanned Itten at the Kunstgewerbe Schule in Switzerland (where he moved to after his previous schooling). Currently Agam resides in Paris, where he has a daughter and two sons.

Sculpture by Yaacov Agam - Photography by Sheynhertz-Unbayg

At the beginning of his artistic career, Agam already had a knack for experimentation of color and geometrical contour. He often worked with sculptural fountains commissioned by various institutions. His first solo exhibit was at the Galerie Graven in 1953. Succeeding this exhibit was a smaller exhibition of 3 works at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles. At the Le Mouvement exhibition at the Galerie Denise René, he was finally able to establish himself as a pioneer in kinetic art along with some other famous art personalities such as Pol Bury and Jean Tinguely. To this day, Agam loves to integrate his works with a flurry of light and sound. His captivating structural artworks often engage onlookers into an interactive participation. Some of his best projects for us, include the "Double Metamorphosis III" and the invention of a type of print called the "Agamograph", which makes use of lenticular printing to display different images depending on the angle upon which it is viewed.


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