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Blue Star

Yaacov Agam orchestrates a dynamic composition consisting of alternating horizontal bands of black and graduated colors broken by wider vertical ribbons of white (paper tone). Within this grid, uneven areas of colors create the illusion of a Star of David, a picture within a picture. Although Agam’s colorful abstractions suggest his strong ties to other international Op and Kinetic artists, his use of a non-representational medium also reflects his conservative religious roots. The son of a rabbi, Agam successfully upheld the Second Commandment—which prohibits the making of graven images—while utilizing colors, patterns, and symbols reflective of his ethnic heritage.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes seven plates from this series (Eskenazi Museum of Art 79.118.5A–.5G).

Yaacov Agam
Israeli, born 1928
Blue Star from The Shadow Suite, 1971
Color silkscreen and pochoir on paper
Image/sheet: 29 1/8 x 22 ¼ in. (73.9 x 56.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of the Conair Corporation, 79.118.5C

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