Yaacov Agam was born in Rishon-le-Zion, Palestine (now Israel), in 1928. In 1979, Agam was asked to make a work of art to commemorate the peacemaking efforts between Anwar el-Sādāt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

He created the Star of Peace, a Kinetic sculpture that appeared from one direction to be the five-pointed star of Islam, from another, the six-pointed Star of David, and from a third, a new star formed from their fusion. Agam’s works on paper are colorful, full of lines and shapes, while his sculptures have simple lines. Most of his works refer back to his heritage and Jewish culture. Agam currently lives in Paris and is 91 years old.

From the Ginger Jacobs Collection