Yaacov Agam. Inscribed to "Fred" Wight?
New York, May-June 1966. This is one of two such copies, both inscribed to "Fred"; please read on. They probably came to me decades ago as duplicates from the UCLA Art Library. Although the catalogue indicates that the exhibition was in New York, the possible connections to UCLA suggest that it traveled there from Marlborough, as did a wonderful 1963 show of Kurt Schwitters. There were at least two prominent "Fred"s who participated actively in the L.A. art scene during 1966: Frederick Wight was an artist and director of the UCLA Art Gallery. The second was filmmaker Frederick Weisman, whose collection includes work by Agam. Another notable "Fred" established the Fred Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at UCLA, but he died in 1963. Profusely illustrated. 51 pp. Decorated paper covers. 21 x 21 cm. The scan of this cover is the first, creased copy, with the more elaborate inscription. Agam turned both inscriptions into visual jokes by repeating and inverting letters. The text in this copy, decoded, reads: "To Fred to who I owe this show,"signed and dated IV.5.66. This probably is from Frederick Wight, who would have arranged for the exhibition to travel to Los Angeles. The other copy, with the simpler inscription and the better cover most likely is fromFred Weisman. It reads, "To my friend Fred with friendship," signed but not dated. See my copy 00351.2.
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