Ron Agam was born in France in 1958. Arriving in New York in the 1980s, he established himself as a photographer and opened the Artlife gallery in SoHo. In 1994, his debut monograph, At the Wall, garnered wide acclaim for its penetrating photographs of the ultra-orthodox inhabitants of the Mea Shearim neighborhood and the daily rituals of the Western Wall. In 2009 Agam was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France, cited for his “key role in establishing a relationship of trust and cooperation between France and the Jewish community in America.” In 2010, Agam picked up a crayon and began to draw. He has since established a fruitful second act in his artistic career as a painter. Rendered in formally precise, texturally refined surfaces, his wide-ranging works yet cohere as a unified body that questions the mechanics and metaphysics of the act of seeing itself.
The Milton J. Weill Art Gallery is open to patrons of Kaufmann Concert Hall during regularly scheduled events. In addition, special viewing hours can be arranged. To inquire about an appointment, please email or call the Art Center at 212.415.5562.