Yaacov Agam, Star of David, 1983
|Artist:||Yaacov Agam (1928 - 9999)|
|Title:||Star of David, 1983|
|Image Size:||19 1/8 in x 19 in (48.6 cm x 48.3 cm)|
|Framed Size:||29 in x 29 in (73.6 cm x 73.6 cm)|
|Edition:||An Artist's Proof, this work is numbered 'A.P VI/XVIII' (AP 6/18) in blue marker on verso.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Yaacov Agam (Rishon LeZion, 1928-) with a star drawing and date on verso in blue marker.|
|Condition:||This work is in good condition, with expert conservation done to the lower right corner.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
The Star of David is created through multiple images, in which only one vantage point reveals the complete star. From the extreme left of the work, a blue on white composition of inverted triangles is visible. As the viewer moves slowly to the right, the Star of David emerges in blue, white, and red, with colorful elements interspersed around the star. To the extreme right, a completely abstract composition of reds, yellows, blues, and violets are organized in a rectilinear fashion creating a sense of motion and transition.
Representing Agam's unique perception and revolutionary technique, this piece transforms the way in which we view art through four dimensions. As the viewer moves around the piece, there is an effect of change and transformation. Not only does this work reflect the variety of interpretations fundamental to optical art, the artist's intention was to represent the ever changing meanings within life itself.
Created in 1983, this work is hand signed by Yaacov Agam (Rishon LeZion, 1928- ) with a star drawing and date on verso in blue marker. An Artist's Proof, this work is numbered 'A.P VI/XVIII' (AP 6/18) in blue marker on verso.
DOCUMENTED AND ILLUSTRATED IN:
1. Solomon, Jack Jr. From the 2nd, to the 3rd, into the 4th Dimension…. Chicago: Circle Fine Art Press, 1981. Polymorphs discussed on pg. 30-31.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Museum grade conservation framed in a complementary black moulding.
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.