Artist Yaacov Agam was born in Palestine and was educated at the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. He went on to study in Paris at the Atelier d’Art Abstrait and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. His work was heavily influenced by the Bauhaus artist and master, Johannes Itten as well as the writings of Vasily Kandinsky. Agam’s work explores the relationships between art and technology. His paintings and sculptures are abstract, kinetic works that incorporate light, sound, and viewer participation. Using a complex combination of shapes and colors, Agam is able to create an illusion of movement that depends on the viewer’s vantage point. Among the awards Agam 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. Agam’s work is in the collections of many museums, including the Guggenheim in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Joseph Hirshhorn Collection in Washington, D.C. He lives and works in Paris today.
This exhibit will feature a retrospective of his kinetic works as well as new pieces. He will travel to the museum for the opening and lead a workshop for artists as well. An Arcadia Salon Discussion will feature an artist talk by Agam and Q&A following. The exhibit will be open during normal museum hours.