Contemporary (post 1945) Graphic Arts
(Rishon LeTsiyon, Palestine [now Israel], May 11, 1928 - )
Agam was born in Palestine in 1928, the son of a rabbi. After studying art in Jerusalem, he traveled to Zurich and finally settled in Paris, where he continues to live and work. Yaacov was educated at the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem and the Atelier d'Art Abstrait in Paris. He has dedicated his creative life to the exploration of diverse relationships between art and technology. Using complex, seemingly scientific combinations of shapes and colors, Agam is able to create a multitude of illusions, each meeting the viewer at his particular vantage point. Agam is considered a master of "op art."
Among the awards he has received are a special prize for art research at the Sao Paulo Bienal in 1963 and first prize at the International Festival of Painting at Cagnes-surmer in 1970. Agam has had exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum, the Musee National d'Art Moderne in Paris, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. His work is in the collections of many museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Joseph Hirshhorn Collection in Washington, D.C. (Ro Gallery)
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