21st Century Genius

21st Century Genius

Yaacov Agam - Morris Shapiro Park West Gallery

According to Morris Shapiro, “In the case of 81-year-old artist Yaacov Agam, the word ‘genius’ only touches the surface.” Shapiro describes Agam’s creative style and the ever-changing nature of his works. Shapiro explains that Agam’s intent in his art and the inspiration for each of his pieces is to create an experience for the viewer and to include the viewer as a necessity for the development of the pieces. Shapiro states that Agam’s works are indispensable for the development of art and have earned him recognition alongside other artistic geniuses.

“Genius” is a hard word to substantiate, as these days in our transient and disposable culture it is often thrown about in reference to all sorts of people from all walks of life. But too often, sadly, novelty is confused with quality.

In the case of 81-year-old artist Yaacov Agam, the word “genius” only touches the surface. The world is filled with his art. From giant installations found in places as far flung as Taipei, Jerusalem and New York City, to individual objects that grace the collections of his devotees from all over the world, Agam has made his mark, which will not be erased from history. — from Morris Shapiro’s blog “Who Killed Art?”

Featured photo: Colorful Sky View, Park West Gallery