Modern Design /16 March 2003

584

Yaacov Agam

sculpture
USA, 1968
chromed steel
17¾ w × 14¼ d × 16¼ h in (45 × 36 × 41 cm)

18 steel rods rotate in linear pattern atop a stainless base. Labels on verso. First rod signed "Agam 1968." Each rod is numbered correspondingly to numeric order.

provenance: Galerie Denise Rene, New York

estimate: $3,000–5,000

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Yaacov Agam b. 1928

Born Yaacov Gipstein in 1928 in Rishon LeZion, Palestine (now Israel), Yaacov Agam’s father was a rabbi and spiritual Kabbalist. He recalls being an inquisitive child, his first real experience with the arts was reading Irving Stone’s novel on Van Gogh, Lust for Life at the age of twelve. Agam embarked on his artistic studies in Jerusalem at the Bezalel Academy. He would later travel to Switzerland to study under the renowned color theorist Johannes Itten at Zürich’s Kunstgewerbe Schule. In 1951, Agam went to Paris and enrolled the Atelier d'art abstrait and at the Académie de la grande chaumière. 

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