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Yaacov Agam

Yaacov Agam

Yaakov Agam : b. 1928

Born to an Orthodox Jewish family, Agam studied in Jerusalem, before moving to Zurich and then to Paris, where he still lives.
Agam’s first solo exhibition was at the Galerie Graven in 1953, and in 1955 he established himself as one of the leading pioneers of kinetic art at the Le Mouvement exhibition at the Galerie Denise Ren alongside Jesus Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Pol Bury, Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely.

One of the founders of the kinetic art movement, Agam has left an indelible imprint on the course of history in the 20th century with his creations of kinetic and constantly changing art. Agam is wholly dedicated to art in movement by integrating the fourth dimension of time as a factor in his art. His interactive works, monumental sculptures and fountains are installed all over the world in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
He is also known for a type of print known as an Agamograph, which uses lenticular printing to present radically different images, depending on the angle from which it is viewed. Expanding the graphic arts beyond the limit of static images. Agamographs are compositions in which images change constantly. The images appear and disappear; the viewer never sees the whole picture at one time. Agam has advanced, renewed, revolutionized and expanded the graphic art form. The Agamograph enables the viewer to interact, explore and stretch his own view in the artwork.

My endeavour has been to create a kind of visual graphic art, existing not only in space, but in time, one in which the form develops and evolves, thus procuring an unforeseeable infinity of plastic situations flowing out of one another. Yaacov Agam
 In 1996 Agam was awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO for the “Agam Method” for visual education of young children and has written a series of books on visual language for use in schools.