Bright colors and optical illusions don’t sound like ideal elements of rug design. But when Yaacov Agam does it, the result is an abstract a masterpiece. The Israeli-born artist has a unmatched talent for transforming colors into tangible works of art. It is an unexpected technique for textiles, but with his genius, it translates beautifully.
Agam began his career in earnest in 1953, when he pioneered the kinetic art movement. Calling his work a “spectator sport,” he used light, sound and color to explore the illusory realm:
“My intention was to create a work of art which would transcend the visible, which cannot be perceived except in stages, with the understanding that it is a partial revelation and not the perpetuation of the existing. My aim is to show what can be seen within the limits of possibility which exists in the midst of coming into being.”
An accomplished painter, sculptor and experimentalist, his work is in Paris’s Musee National D’Art Moderne and New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art. Hailed as the highest-selling Israeli artist, he was also awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO for his educational outreach.
Despite this international reputation, Agam’s work isn’t exclusive to the world’s art elite. Some of his greatest pieces are arguably his vintage rugs from Nazmiyal. With his signature abstract style enhanced by the tangibility of textiles, they take viewer perceptions – and interior design – to a whole new level.
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