Born in Rishon LeZion, formerly Mandate Palestine, in 1928, Agam studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. In 1949, he moved to Zürich and studied under Swiss expressionist Johannes Itten. During his studies, Agam was greatly influenced by artist and designer Max Bill.

In 1951, Agam moved to Paris, where he continues to live. Two years after he moved to France, his first solo exhibition was held at Paris' Galerie Craven. By 1955, after taking part in the Le Mouvement exhibition at the Galerie Denise René, Agam joined the artists such as Alexander Calder and Pol Bury as leaders in kinetic sculpture.

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A retrospective exhibition of Agam's work was held at Paris's Musée National d'Art Moderne in 1972, and at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 1980.

Agam is most famous around the globe for his public sculptures. His sculptures can be seen in Paris, Tel Aviv and New York.

In 2009, Agam created a sculpture for the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, World Games. Peaceful Communication with the World, was made using nine ten metre hexagon pillars to create diamond and square shapes. Each pillar was painted in a variety of colours, with the idea behind this being, that as children grow, each time they see the sculpture the colours and their perception of it would change with the children.

Agam in front of Peaceful Communication with the World. Image via Park West Gallery Agam in front of Peaceful Communication with the World. Image via Park West Gallery

Sponsored by Lubavitch Youth Organization, the 32-foot Hanukkah Menorah made by Agam stands at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street in New York City. Weighing in at 4 000 pounds, it is the world's biggest Menorah, complete with real oil lamps.

The World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah stands in New York City and was designed by artist Yaacov Agam. Image via The Corcoran Group The World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah stands in New York City and was designed by artist Yaacov Agam. Image via The Corcoran Group

At Sotheby's, New York, in 2009, Agam became the most-expensive Isreali artist to sell at auction. His work 4 Themes Contrepoint sold for £233 000 ($326 500.)

Just a year later, Growth, a work which was part of the 1980 Guggenheim retrospective, smashed its $150 000-250 000 estimate when it sold for £498 000 ($698 000) at Sotheby's. Search realised prices for Yaacov Agam on Barnebys here.

On 19th March, New York's Hutter Auction Galleries sale will include Cubic Multiples, a weave and laminate box which opens out to a chair, by Yaavoc Agam.

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Check out Hutter on Barnebys here.

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