Yaacov (Gipstein) Agam is active/lives in New York / Israel, France. Yaacov Agam is known for religious and environmental themed sculpture, kinetic and optical art.
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Biography Yaacov Agam
Yaacov Agam was born Yaacov Gipstein in Rishon le Zion, in Israel on
May 11, 1928. His father was a rabbi, a Talmudic scholar and a
Kabbalist. The family was poor, and the young Agam received
little regular schooling; he studied under a "melamed" in the local
synagogue. He soon realized he could draw.
"I used to come
home with drawings, at first afraid of my father's reactions, since
drawing was not permitted on religious principles. But on one occasion
my father told me a story: that when he was a student at a yeshiva, he
made a drawing on a handkerchief and forgot it on his desk. He came
back to look for it because he thought the rabbi would punish him for
drawing a figure. But later, when he had forgott
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