Masterpiece 2020: Online
22 June 2020
Yaacov Agam, 1928
Begin the Begin. Also sometimes titled 'Becoming'
Original agamograph - screenprint in colours on lenticular Perspex (see note below). c. 1975. Signed in red felt-pen. Numbered from the edition of 99. (There were also c.20 artist’s proofs). Issued by the artist.
Provenance: Acquired by the previous owner from the artist.
See: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life Berkeley California - (another impression).
Note: In the original period Agam- designed frame.
Excellent impression with unfaded colours and exceptional un-marked Perspex surface. Image format: 355 x 360mm.
Note: In the 1970’s Agam invented a new form of optical art. This used screenprinted colours and forms on Perspex sheet with a multi-directional surface (known as ‘lenticular’). The process allowed the creation of visual movement within the image whenever the viewer changed position. Agam called these revolutionary prints ‘Agamographs’.
Agam (Yaacov Gipstein) was born in 1928 in Palestine/Israel. He became interested in art after reading Irving Stone’s novel on Van Gogh, Lust for Life at the age of twelve. Agam started his art studies in Jerusalem. Later he travelled to Switzerland to work with abstract colourist and teacher Johannes Itten at Zürich’s Kunstgewerbe Schule.
In the 1950’s Agam moved to Paris and joined other ‘colour abstract’ painters at the ‘Atelier d’Art Abstrait’. In the 1960’s and 70’s, influenced by the use of colour by the ‘optical’ abstract painters in the circle around Vasarely and the dealer Denise René, he became fascinated by the use of kinetic and relief surfaces (lenticular) to create optical movement within a static image.
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