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Transcript of Yaacov Agam
He was born in the Mandate Of Palestine, present day Rishon LeZion, Israel.
Education: Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem
in 1949 Yaacov Agam moved to Zürich, Switzerland
there he studied at the Kunstgewerbe Schule (teacher: Johannes Itten )
during his stay he became greatly influenced by the painter and sculptor Max Bill
In 1951 Agam moved to Paris, France, where he lives up until this present day “My intention was to create a work of art which would transcend the visible, which cannot be perceived except in stages, with the understanding that it is a partial revelation and not the perpetuation of the existing. My aim is to show what can be seen within the limits of possibility which exists in the midst of coming into being." I am Yaacov Agam Yaacov Agam Title: Fire and water fountain
Constructed in 1986, the kinetic fountain stands in the historical Dizengoff Square,
The first picture represents the fountain during the day light hours and the second during the night, and evening.
Yaacov's son Ron explains the fountains meaning in the following quote: “The most important element of this artwork is its celebration of life, the most constant thing in life is change and everything is always in movement.”
Recently the fountain had undergone renovations afer Yaacov had fought for10 years for the fountain to go under renovation due to the lack of maintainance throughout the years.
The fountain repopened summer of 2012 1.http://www.chesterfieldarts.org/node/137
10.http://www.aejv.com/agam-bio.htm Relief Rhythm, 1966
16 5/8 x 19 1/4 x 3 3/4 in. (42.2 x 48.9 x 9.5 cm) Name: Worlds largest hanukkah Menora
Location: new york city, new york, USA
The hunnukkah menora is proudly standing at New York’s most fashionable plaza, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, by Central Park, between the Plaza and the Pierre Hotels.
Type: kinetic sculptore. Each day of Hanukkah an additional candle is lit.
quote: “The Menorah stands as a symbol of freedom and democracy, strength and inspiration, delivering a timely and poignant message to each person on an individual basis,” said Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, Director Lubavitch Youth Organization.
Awards: certified by the Guinness world records as the largest Menora
Yaacov based his sculptor on a hand drawing created by the Rambam (Maimonides) of the original Menorah in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem Title: Kinetic Hall
location: Centre Pompidou Paris, France
48° 51 38.4 N 2° 21 6.59999988 E Title: Loop (Communication X9 ..)
Medium: 43-foot stainless-steel
Location: 150 N Michigan Ave , reinstalled after restoration in 2008
Intersection of Michigan Ave and Randolph Street, in the Loop, Chicago
"This op-art totem pole represents movement in art as one can notice subtle changes in color as one walks by"
originally created in 1980's.However, over time the Chicago weather faded the work. .In 2005, an expert was hired to fix the faded colors In 2008, the piece was finally restored. Title: Peaceful Communication with the World.
Created for: the upcoming World Games
construction and medium: "nine 10m high hexagon pillars positioned in diamond formation — or square, depending on where you are standing"
all of the 54 sides of the nine pillars are painted in different patterns and hues, consisting of more than 180 different shades of colors
Quote: "as children grow, their perception of the pillar will change because they will see whole different pillar as their eyes hit at a different height.
Through this method, I defy time, he said."
(pointing at a painting in his hotel room) agam declares "That painting will always look like that no matter when you look at it. But when people look at my art, they will always see something totally new at a different stage of life."“As the people wearing different color of clothing weave through the pillars, they become part of the art piece. They are an element that makes the piece non-static,” Yaacov Agam is the creator of the Agamograph — graphic art that expands beyond the traditional still-life, its point is that the art changes from different angles and views.
He is also a pioneer of the kinetic art movement.
His hope is to spread the message that "Time can be defied, life is full of infinite possibilities and God is omniscient."
“My endeavor,” he once said, “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."
Every work of art created by Yaacov Agam is thoroughly thought out.
As his theory is hat “The infinite does not exist except in the complete form."
There are no boundries to Agams art as he believes there are no boundries to imagination, everything is changing, and nothing ever stays the same.