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DESCRIPTIONThe Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale is proud to present an exhibition of paintings by New York based Israeli-French artist, Ron Agam. Ron Agam is the son of the Israeli internationally acclaimed artist Yaacov Agam, a kinetic art pioneer, he is a master of color and forms in movement, a multidimensional art in four dimensions. Yaacov Agams own father was a renown Rabbi in Israel whose life was devoted to writing books on Jewish spiritual values. Ron Agam considers himself a continuation of his father legacy and quest for spiritual values in his own art. Most known for his extensive photography career, the works in this exhibition are highly technical paintings that bring fresh new elements to his ongoing examination of the interaction colors. His rigorous, some might even say obsessive, pursuits seek to expose the harmony and effective balance of these varying colors with placement and scale of hue and contrast
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RON AGAM: RECENT WORKS
2011 by The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University. The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University,
Ron Agam and Bertrand Delacroix Gallery retain sole copyright of the materials in this book.Catalogue adapted and modi ed from catalogue accompanying the show at the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery.
The Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale gratefully acknowledges the vision and leadership of Barbara Slifka, the Hauptman Arts and
Media Endowment and the Rothko fund of Slifka Center. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
and the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery, NYC, which represents Mr. Agam.
Abstract Flowers in Black and White , 2011, ink and resin on canvas mounted on panel, 84 x 84 x 4 inches
Nines, 2011, acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 14 x 14 inches, each| 2
Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University Fall 2012
Renewing Jewish Imagination: Art at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale
In addition to serving the Jewish communities of Yale through food, prayer, friendship, celebration, counsel, entertainment, tradition and wisdom, Slifka Center aspires be a laboratory where possibilities for future Judaisms are explored, where memories, dreams and visions are honored and probed. Slifka is committed to stretching and bending Jewish imagination, massaging the inner world of individuals, expanding the range of tastes and fragrances, rhythms and sounds, images and songs, epics and norms which an ever evolving people generates and collects. Jewish textual tradition has always struggled and worked with the myriad of creative expressions that consti-
Why does the Biblical phrase used colloquially in Israel to simply say I like you, ata
rainbow teach about hope, fear and endurance? What so frightened the author of Proverbs about the feminine that he concluded his book with the phrase, Beauty is a lie, charm a vanity? What are we to make of the beauty of Esther, the charm of Joseph, the radiating face of Moses and the luminous spectacle of the Talmuds Rabbi
describes the revelation at Mount Sinai, The entire people saw the voices, the torches, the sound of the shofar, the mountain spewing smoke. The people saw, were moved, and stood at a distance? How is it possible, this nearness from afar, intimacy at a remove, synaesthesia and mystery?
The walls of the Allan and Leah Rabinowitz Gallery at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University provide one venue for our explorations. We solicit exhibi-tions that strive to articulate and reveal layers of questions and conversations that swirl about our lives and our worldpolitical, religious, historic and communal.
Galaxy Star, 2011, ink and resin on canvas mounted on panel, 51 x 51 inches | 5
6 Homage to Descartes, 2010, ink and resin on canvas mounted on panel, 36 x 35 x 1 inches|
8 | Summer Time, 2010, acrylic and resin on canvas mounted on panel, 48 x 48 x 3 inches
Peaceful Spring, 2010, acrylic and resin on canvas mounted on panel, 48 x 48 x 3 inches | 9
On behalf of the Consulate General of Israel in NY, we are delighted to congratulateRon Agam on the occasion of his new exhibition at Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Lifeat Yale University. Ron Agam has always been one of the most proli c Israeli artists,and his works are a celebration of creativity and imagination. We believe that the culturaldialogue is best accomplished through the arts, and are proud to have Ron presenting in this prestigious University.
Sincerely, Anat GileadConsul for Cultural A airs in the USA
Galaxy in the T, 2011, acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 96 x 110 x 3 inches | 11
12 | In the Universe, 2010, acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, diameter: 72 inches x 3.75 inches
Nirvana, 2011, acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 118.5 x 118.5 x 4 inches | 13
Ron! I do not want to be too cratylistic, but Im sure theres a link between les mots and les choses. Especially when the word is a name: the world begins here. Dclarer son nom, Ren Char wrote, in a beautiful poem based on the image of a wheel in the heart. Dclarer son nom: RON, with its round O right in the middle in the heart, as a sun, an eye, or the art-vortex where everything starts, and ends, and is reborn Thats to say: a circle.
For Ron the circle is not so much the expression of an aesthetic belief as a metaphysical one: it expresses the notion of in nite, the idea of defying time, defying death. At the same time the circle is the symbol of perfection, of the holistic harmony at work in the world... That is the feeling we get when looking at Endless Galaxy for example.
For Ron intuition is at the ground of his work as an artist: Everything I do, I do out of a gut feeling, out of an emotion of something I cant explain. That intuitive process is essential for discovering. For he believes the best discoveries are the ones that happen by chance. When I was a child, he also said, I was going to exhibitions and I was looking at the paintings. I had no need of explanation nor title, I was just admiring.
Lets admire again, entering the circle. Lets go through the hypnotising mirror of the paintings, where we can see the endless round of the eye of the artist Ron.
Antonin BaudryCultural Counselor of the Embassy of FrancePermenent Representative of the French Universities in the United States
Red Kabbalah, 2011, ink and resin on canvas mounted on panel, 84 x 84 inches | 15
Ron Agam and I met in 2004 soon after I had taken up my post as Consul General of France in New York. During our many subsequent discussions, I was especially struck by his commitment to art as well as his remarkable ability to bridge peoples and nations. Indeed, he holds a unique position both as an artist and a humanitarian.
Ron always sought to encourage peace and mutual understanding among peoples through his political activities which center on New York, Israel and France. I am most grateful to Ron for the partnerships he helped build between the Jewish community in New York and France.
Ill always remember one iconic moment: the day that Shimon Peres chose to launch the publication of his definitive biography at the French Consulate in New York. Without Rons steady advice and support, this would not have occurred. Let this one example suffice to illustrate the significant ties which were made and the goodwill fostered thanks to his collaboration. For all his singular work, Ron was conferred the insignia of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 2008.
I remember Ron telling me about growing up in France and Israel nurtured not only by these two cultures but also by an artistic family with a father who remains a reference in the contemporary art world. Ron developed a rich, wide-ranging perspective early on. As an adventurous young man of nineteen, he decided to leave for the United States. It was a flourishing period; he
.lohraW ydnA meht gnoma ,emit taht fo stsitra eht fo tnemnorivne gnitalumits eht dna enecs tra kroY weN eht yb detavitpac sawHe acted as a liaison between artists and the public in many of his ventures and then started exhibiting his own photographs in 1994. These pictures have led him to unexpected arenas and equally unexpected encounters, from Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Madonna and frequently o er the viewer an utterly unfamiliar world, such as the conclave of Mea Shearim and, of course, the images of that unspeakable day of 9/11. On that morning, he had raced down to the disaster area from his nearby studio, wanting first and foremost to help the survivors. His photographs of that day remain a testimony to the su ering and the hero -ism of thousands.
Ron Agam constantly brings fresh, new elements to his work. In his 2009 exhibition In Full Bloom, his photos depicted flowers on a monumental scale, almost the size of the viewer himself; one might say that they resembled portraits of human beings, provoking thoughts about our vision of nature and our place within it.
I am delighted to introduce this latest facet of Ron Agams creative work as an artist. In this new land of abstraction, Ron is an explorer who at once discovers and reveals. This kind of communication with the viewer is subtle and subjective. I invite you to look and to ponder.
Franois DELATTRE Ambassadeur de France aux Etats-Unis
In the Big Red Bang, 2011, ink and resin on canvas mounted on panel, 84 x 84 x 4 inches | 17
18 | Coral, 2010, acrylic and resin mounted on panel, 16 x 16 x 2 inches
H2O, 2010, acrylic and resin on canvas mounted on panel, 48 x 48 x 3 inches | 19
Into the Galaxy 84 x 8416
Art WatchA photographer who has become a visual artist. Crazy about computers, the digital universe, old and new technologiesall in support of his work. The calculated precision of a computer, the grace of forms and materials. An heir of Albers, the Bauhaus, Malevich and Mondrian, but also a classical painter. A scholar of space and its simplicity, the fluorescent square but also the tantric circle.
Color and rigor. Realism and abstraction.
A man who remembers his childhood; a son remembering his father and his palette of infinite colors. Discipline and imagination. A photographer, yes, who only began painting after age 50: a new birth? Born twice, several times, in the same lifetime? Or