Yaacov Agam, Levels Menorah,1966
|Artist:||Yaacov Agam (1928 - 9999)|
|Medium:||Layered 24 K gold over bronze sculpture with detachable candle holders|
|Image Size:||13 in L x 7 in W x 11 3/4 in H (33 cm x 17.8 cm x 29.9 cm) with a 1 1/2 in (3.8 cm) base|
|Signature:||This work has a guaranteed authentic signature by Yaacov Agam (Rishon LeZion, 1928-) incised twice in the base of the work with the dedication 'To Joyces et Bernard Sternthoe'.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition, with minor scratches in the base that do not detract from the piece! (comes with original fitted case)|
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Historical Description of this artwork
This sculpture by Yaacov Agam (Rishon LeZion, 1928-) is uniquely designed out of a combination of minimal bronze elements. Joining separate angular bars of bronze to a rectangular base, this work evolves into a menorah that can be changed into a multitude of combinations.
Created out of bronze, this work is signed in the base by Yaacov Agam (Rishon LeZion, 1928-) with the dedication ‘To Joyces et Bernard Sternhoe’. It comes with the candle holders that can be put on the sculpture or left off. Each element of the work can be displayed in a myriad of patterns. It can form numerous combinations of shapes that can constantly be changed. It is a wonderful study of Agams kinetic philosophy. It also comes with the original hard carrying case.
The son of a Rabbi, Agam (Rishon LeZion, 1928-) wished to use his artwork to invoke the ecstasy he experienced in his religion. The way in which we view this image changes with our perspective. As the viewer moves around the piece, there is an effect of change and transformation inherent in Agams work. Not only does this work reflect the variety of interpretations fundamental to abstract art, the artist’s intention was to represent the ever changing meanings within life itself. Visually enhanced by the fourth dimension of time, this piece also changes in appearance as the light surrounding it changes.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
It is fully documented and referenced in (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that I will enclose with the sale of the work) :
1) Mandelbaum, Bernard, Art and Judaism, 1981, published and illustrated on page 57.
2) A Masterworks Certificate will be included with the sale of the piece.
What Do I Get With My Purchase?
The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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Through the exploration of geometry, light and color are transformed in works by Agam. This Israeli artist is a true master of Op Art as can be seen in his lithographs, serigraphs and inventive Agamographs.
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Yaacov Agam Biography
Yaacov Agam is a truly unique, creative force in the world of art. His works transcend traditional artistic boundaries, propelling him into the forefront of a new art aesthetic. Art critics and art historians in museums and institutions throughout the world have acclaimed him for his inventive, talented genius, bestowing upon him numerous awards and honors. Agam is certainly among the world’s foremost artists, and he is already recognized as influential and important in the history of art.
The son of an Orthodox Rabbi, scholar and writer, Agam was born on May 11, 1928 in Rishon Letzion, Israel. As a child, he began to draw, despite religious proscription against visual expression. Agam’s family recognized his artistic ability and, in 1946, he entered the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Studying with Mordecai Ardon, a former student at the Weimar Bauhaus, he discovered the differences between other cultures which stress the afterlife and the Hebrew culture which emphasizes the present. Because Judaism believes life is dynamic and ever-changing, Agam determined that static paintings were inadequate to express the constantly occurring changes which surround us.
In 1950, upon Ardores recommendation, Agam went to Zurich to study with Johannes Itten at the Kunstgewerbeschule. There, he met Frank Lloyd Wright and Siegfried Giedion, whose ideas on the element of time in art and architecture impressed him. In 1951, Agam moved to Paris, where a number of world-famous Surrealist artists living in France were the first to discover and encourage him. His first one-man exhibition held at Galerie Craven, Paris in 1953, featured kinetic and transformable paintings which invited spectator participation. The show was a critical success and attracted considerable attention in art circles. He is still living in Paris and continues to produce works, currently holding the title of the highest-selling Israeli artist.