Jewish 100, 2014: Yaacov Agam – Arts and Culture
The world renowned art of Yaacov Agam, one of Israel’s most esteemed and highest-selling artists, , infuses his world renowned art with deep Jewish mystical meaning, gaining wide respect for Judaism and its universal messages. One of his best-known works is the towering menorah situated in New York City. The Guinness-record holding structure, sponsored by the Lubavitch Youth Organization, stands 32 feet high. Agam, proud of his Jewish mystical ancestry and an innovative leader in optical and kinetic art, pioneered a new form of art that stresses change and movement. His more representative work appears in public places worldwide, including prominent fountains in Paris and Tel Aviv, and his art is held in such collections as the Museum of Modern Art.
In May 2014, his work “Faith – Visual Pray” was presented to Pope Francis I by David Maimon, president of El Al Israel Airlines. The piece included significant symbols of both Judaism and Christianity.