Yaacov Agam, Yaacov Agam Rainbow Rhythm c. 1994-1996, Polymorphic Screenprint
Signed Yaacov Agam screenprint, Yaacov Agam Rainbow Rhythm c. 1994-1996, Polymorphic Screenprint
|Artist:||Yaacov Agam (1928 - 9999)|
|Title:||Yaacov Agam Rainbow Rhythm c. 1994-1996, Polymorphic Screenprint|
|Medium:||Polymorphic color screenprint on folded PVC and wood|
|Image Size:||DIMENSIONS (including base): 85 1/4 in x 29 3/8 in x 3 1/4 in (216.5 cm x 74.6 cm x 8.3 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 99 in the lower left.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Yaacov Agam (Rishon LeZion, 1928 - ) in the lower right.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
Yaacov Agam Rainbow Rhythm c. 1994-1996 is one of Agam’s most monumental and grandiose sculptural works. Using a combination of sculptural and graphic elements, this piece hangs beautifully to create a sense of movement extending from the wall in which it is placed. Beautifully layered with graphic and sculptural elements, this work reveals itself to the viewer through multiple perspectives. 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 inherent in Agam’s 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 changes in appearance as the light surrounding it changes.
Yaacov Agam on Polymorphs: “I have created a theme on each of the parallel surfaces. Standing to one side of the artwork, you see only the composition which appears on the surface nearest you; the more you move towards the center, the more the second composition begins to appear and unite with the first in counterpoint. Seen directly from the front, the different compositions come together to form a new whole, which becomes visible. Like orchestral music, the content and formal characteristics of these compositions are modified and transformed by the domination of first one motif and then the other, in direct proportion to the change in the observer’s standpoint in front of the artwork” (as quoted in Solomon, 1981, p. 300).
This polymorphic color screenprint on folded PVC and wood incorporates four dimensions – height, width, depth, and time. This piece is hand signed by Yaacov Agam (Rishon LeZion, 1928 – ) in black marker in the lower right, ten rows in from the right side of the work. It is also numbered from the edition of 99 in black marker in the lower left.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Yaacov Agam Rainbow Rhythm , c. 1994-1996 is documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).
1.Solomon, Jack Jr. From the 2nd, to the 3rd, into the 4th Dimension…. Chicago: Circle Fine Art Press, 1981. Polymorphs discussed on pages 30-31.
2. A certificate of authenticity will accompany Yaacov Agam Rainbow Rhythm , c. 1994-1996.
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All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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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.