Passover: A Time to Reflect

Partly Star I by Yaacov Agam

Partly Star I by Yaacov Agam

With Passover starting tonight at sundown, it is a natural time to reflect on how Jewish artists are making an impact on the art world, and Park West Gallery is proud to offer works from two of the most well known Jewish artists of our time: Yaacov Agam and Itzchak Tarkay.

Agam, best known for his contributions to optical and kinetic art, created his own type of print called an Agamograph. Agamographs rely on lenticular printing which allows for significantly different images to be seen depending on the angle from which the works are viewed. Recently Agam finished a sculpture entitled, “Peaceful Communication with the World” which is an exploration of how art exists and can interact with time. This sculpture graces the entrance of a new stadium built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan for the 2009 World Games. Also, Agam is the only Israeli artist included in H. H. Arnason’s “History of Modern Art” and in the “Dictionary of Art and Artists,” edited by Sir David Piper. While his artwork deals with a variety of themes, Agam continues to create several works of art that reflect his religious upbringing and Jewish faith.

Tarkay has consistently been recognized as a leader of the new generation of figurative artists with his unique depiction of the female form becoming iconic. After various exhibitions of his work in Israel and around the world, Tarkay was featured at the International Art Expo in New York for works in several forms of media such as oil, acrylic, and watercolor. Additionally, numerous hardcover books containing images of Tarkay’s works and information about the artist himself have been published over the years.

Agam, Tarkay, and all of the Park West Gallery artists strive to create breathtaking works of art, and these works often brighten the lives of those who see them. Passover, like so many important holidays, gives people a chance to reflect and spend time appreciating the beautiful things that come into their lives, and for some this may just include fine artwork.

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