Yaacov Agam, ‘STAR OF PEACE (Celebrating the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty)’, 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery
Yaacov Agam, ‘STAR OF PEACE (Celebrating the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty)’, 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery

STAR OF PEACE happens to be my favorite Yaacov Agam print, and it's also one of his most historic and difficult to find. The subtitle of this work features a date -- March 26, 1979 - and, if you are a student of history, you will recognize it as the day Israel and Egypt signed their historic peace treaty. In a ceremony at the White House hosted by US President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin signed the Israel-Egypt Treaty, ending three decades of hostilities between both countries and establishing diplomatic and commercial ties - the first peace treaty ever between Israel and an Arab country. The New York Times wrote, "At the signing ceremony, all three countries offered prayers that the treaty would bring true peace to the Middle East, and end the enmity that has erupted into war four times since Israel declared its independence on May 14, 1948." Even though this historic Agam print was published in a stated edition of 99 -- it has, bizarrely, only appeared on the market at public auction once in nearly four decades since it was released. It is very rare and elusive thus! This work is elegantly matted around stunning gold beveled edges, and framed in a large white wood frame with plexiglass. It is ready to hang. A bright and impressive impression. Archivally hinged at top edge Measurements:
Sheet: 30 x 22 1/4 inches.
Frame: 39 x 34 inches.

Signature: Signed lower right (front); numbered, lower left (front)

About Yaacov Agam

Op art pioneer Yaacov Agam’s abstract artworks—which range from painting, sculpture, drawing, and ceramics, to stained glass and etching—typically incorporate light, sound, or viewer participation. The son of an orthodox rabbi, Agam first trained as an artist in Jerusalem, going on to combine formalist art with kabbalistic mysticism, and he is credited with introducing geometric abstraction to Israeli art. Agam’s best known series of works, comprised of painted strips that appear to shift and oscillate as viewers alter their points of view, would become known as “Agamographs”. He has also produced public commissions, including the world’s largest menorah, installed in New York City, and Star of Peace for Ben-Gurion university that fused the five-pointed star of Islam with the six-pointed Star of David. Agam met and was influenced by the Bauhaus artist and teacher Johannes Itten in Zurich, and also cites Wassily Kandinsky’s abstraction as an influence on his practice.

Israeli, b. 1928, Rishon LeZion, Israel, based in Paris, France