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Relief Rhythm

Yaacov Agam (Israeli (born Palestine) 1928)
Painted wood
H.16 5/8 x W.19 1/4 x D.3 3/4 in. (42.2 x 48.9 x 9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of William Benenson, 1991
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Agam studied art at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem, then continued his studies in Zurich with Johannes Itten. He is credited with introducing geometric abstraction to Israeli art. The son of a rabbi, Agam was raised in a deeply religious family and was heavily influenced by the spirituality of Judaism early in his life. His religious background has informed the conceptual development of his work as well as his choice of imagery. A pioneer of the kinetic art movement, Agam has sought to create a form of sculptural art that is not based on static images, but that expresses the continuously evolving nature of reality. Using abstract geometric forms, Relief Rhythm engages the viewer in a multitude of possible compositions, which transform as the viewer moves or changes positions. The work thus appears to be in constant motion, existing in time as a developing and changing entity.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed (on reverse): Relief Rhythm/ agam/ Paris
William Benenson, New York (by 1976–91; his gift to MMA)

New York. Marlborough-Gerson Gallery. "Yaacov Agam," May–June 1966, no. 36 (as "Relief rhythmé [Rhythm Relief]," 1964).

Yaacov Agam. Exh. cat., Marlborough–Gerson Gallery Inc. New York, 1966, no. 36, ill. pp. 28–29.

Frank Popper. Agam. New York, 1976, colorpl. 149, calls it "Relief rythmé, Rhythmed Relief," dates it 1964 and locates it in the collection of William Benenson, New York.

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