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Designer Name: Yaacov Agam (born Yaakov Gibstein)
Born-Died: 1928 – Present
Style: Yaacov Agam frequently uses sound, light, incorporates viewers' participation, abstract expressions, movement and kinetic art to create his artworks. His intention is to create works of art that can be perceived in stages and transcend the visible.
Materials Used: Yaacov Agam works with a variety of media, including stained glass and ceramics.
Specialized In: Fine Art
Yaacov Agam was born in Rishon LeZion. As his father was a kabbalist and a rabbi, Agam was inclined towards religious practice though he never received formal schooling. As a teenager, he sought education at Bezalel's Academy of Art and Design, which was located in Jerusalem.
In 1949, he moved to Zürich and studied at the Kunstgewerbe Schule. His lecturers were established artists themselves and had a profound influence on Yaacov's works. A few of his teachers were Max Bill and Johannes Itten. After graduating, Agam traveled to Paris where he found much success. In 1953, he held his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Craven, titled Peintures en Mouvement (Paintings in Movement).
Over the years, Agam has had numerous solo exhibitions in several countries. Exhibition sites include Tokyo's Isetan Museum, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Cape Town's National Museum of Art, Mexico City's Museo de Arte Moderno, California's Palm Springs Desert Museum, Tel Aviv Museum and more. UNESCO awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal to Agam in 1996. He earned this award through his Agam Method, which was created for the nonverbal visual education of young children.
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