Object of the Month - November - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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November 2018

Yaacov Agam (b. 1928) Midnight Agamograph (lithograph under a lenticular lens), 41/99 Israel, ca. 1985 Gift of Rabbi Kenneth Kanter in memory of Lois and Julian Kanter

Agam was born Yaacov Gipstein in Mandate Palestine. The son of a rabbi, his initial training in art was at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Agam is one of the very few living Israeli artists who have attained international status. As early as the mid-1950s, he was considered one of the most important artists of the post—World War II period and a leading pioneer of optic and kinetic art. Agam’s non-representational style is an integration of formalist art with Kabbalah (Hebrew mysticism). His work changes with movement. The viewer may participate by manually transforming the work or by physically passing by, viewing the image from various angles. His creation of the “agamograph”, a multiple series of images viewed through a lenticular lens that changes at every angle viewed, has allowed his unique concept to be appreciated by collectors across the world.

This work, a recent gift to the collection, is on view in the lobby of Mayerson Hall.