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Yaacov Agam, pseudonym of Yaacov Gipstein (Rishon LeZion, 11 May 1928), is an Israeli sculptor and artist, belonging to the artistic movement of Op art and kinetic art.
Born in Rishon LeZion (then under the governmental mandate of the British) from a religious family, he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Then he moved to Zurich, and then to Paris, where he settled. His first solo show took place in 1953 in Paris, at the Graven Gallery. In 1955 he was recognized as one of the most important exponents of the new artistic movement of Op art, and participated in the exhibition "La Mouvement" together with Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Díez, Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Jean Tinguely and Victor Vasarely.
A sculpture by Yaacov Agam in Kahala.

In 1964 he took part in the Documenta 3 exhibition in Kassel, Germany. Agam's works are usually abstract with kinetic characteristics; this artist also prefers the use of lights and sounds in his installations.

His most popular pieces include:

    Double Metamorphosis III, 1965;
    La Défense fountain, 1975;
    The fountain in the Dizengoff avenue of Tel Aviv, 1986;
    Visual Music Orchestration, 1989.

He is also well known for having invented a new printing technique, the agamography. In 1996 he was awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO for having created the "Agam Method", a system for the visual education of children.