Yaacov Agam is famous for unique kinetic and optical artworks. He is best-known for three-dimensional paintings and sculptures. Especially one type of prints, that uses barrier-grid animation, has its name after the artist – “Agamograph”. Decorations on the Scrolls of Esther replicate the rectangular outlines of writings. In order not to devote all the attention to the prints, the artist organized each page in the way that the first focus is on the texts. In particular, the transition of tints and geometrical shapes help to concentrate and produce the impression of motion. Spectators enter into Agam’s imagination and immerse into personal thoughts with regard to Purim.
The Scroll of Esther recounts the saving of the Jewish People from Haman. Especially he was a royal vizier in the court of the Achaemenids under King Ahasuerus and intended to kill all of the Jews in the Persian Empire. Main heroine Esther became a Persian queen and with the help of her cousin and guardian Mordechai thwarted the massacre.
Traditionally “Megillaht Ester” has only one roller on the lefthand side. Agam’s parchment has two rollers the same as it is usually for Torah scrolls. Interestingly, the Scroll of Esther does not mention Gd.
The works by Yaacov Agam are placed in many significant places and emphasize them, for example, Fountain in Dizengoff Square or Facade of Dan Hotel in Tel-Aviv. Also, he designed the world’s largest Menorah. Installed at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in New York City it fills with lights every year during Hanukkah.
Additionally, you can find a big selection of artworks created by Yaacov Agams in Kings gallery.
Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. With over 20 years of experience, Kings Gallery strives to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary International art. The gallery specializes in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. Also, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will be prominent names in the next few years.