Yaacov Agam earns spot on “Jewish 100” list

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Yaacov Agam was named one of the 100 people positively affecting the Jewish world by Algemeiner newspaper.

Yaacov Agam was named one of the 100 people positively affecting the Jewish world by Algemeiner newspaper.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb. 10, 2015 – The contributions of Park West Gallery artist Yaacov Agam to the art world has earned him a spot on the “Jewish 100” list.

The Algemeiner Journal unveiled its list of “Top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life” during its 2nd Annual Jewish 100 Gala, held Feb. 3 in New York City, naming Agam as one of its choices.

In its 43rd anniversary commemorative edition, Algemeiner Publisher Simon Jacobson said the purpose of the list is “to bring into focus the forces that are bettering the world of the Jewish people.” On the list are men and women of Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds, including activists, rabbis, actors, writers and artists.

Among those in the “arts and culture” section of the list is Agam, the “father of kinetic art.” The Algemeiner recognizes Agam as a world-renowned artist, saying he infuses his art with deep Jewish mystical meaning. Among his accomplishments are having his work, “Faith – Visual Pray,” presented to Pope Francis I, and creating the world’s largest menorah, which is situated in New York City.

“Agam, proud of his Jewish mystical ancestry and an innovative leader in optical and kinetic art, pioneered a new form of art that stresses change and movement,” the list states. “His more representative work appears in public places worldwide, including prominent fountains in Paris and Tel Aviv, and his art is held in such collections as the Museum of Modern Art.”

Agam joins other esteemed names like Steven Spielberg, Scarlett Johansson and Gal Gadot in his category. Other categories on the list include academia, government, philanthropy, community and religion.

Park West Gallery founder and CEO Albert Scaglione has been Agam’s art dealer since 1978. Park West Gallery congratulates Agam on this honor, and is proud to help bring his artwork to collectors all over the world.

About Park West Gallery:

Park West Gallery in Detroit connects artists to fine art enthusiasts via art auctions on cruise ships and via a public art gallery in Michigan. Park West Gallery prides itself on creating an entertaining, educational and welcoming environment that ignites a passion for the arts and offers an incomparable collecting experience.

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