James Lee Byars
James Lee Byars (born April 10, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan – died May 23, 1997 in Cairo, Egypt) was an artist specializing in installation sculpture and in performance art. Byars' notable performance works include "The Death of James Lee Byars" and "The Perfect Smile".
Recent exhibitions include I'm Full of Byars: James Lee Byars - Eine Hommage, Kunstmuseum Bern; Milton Keynes Gallery, London (2008); The Monument to Cleopatra, Michael Werner Gallery, New York (2012); Klein / Byars / Kapoor, Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice; ARoS Kunstmuseum, Aarhus (2012); Early Works & The Angel, Michael Werner Gallery, London (2013); "James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography", Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2013 - 2014). In 2013. James Lee Byars was included in the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace.
The estate of the artist is respresented by Michael Werner Gallery, New York, London and Cologne.
- Roberta Smith (30 May 1997). "James Lee Byars, 65, Creator Of Art That Lived in a Moment". The New York Times.
- Francis Morrone (20 September 2007). "Notes From a Young Artist". The New York Sun. Review of James Lee Byars: The Art of Writing at the Museum of Modern Art. "The exhibition principally comprises numerous letters or missives that the artist Byars sent to the MoMA curator Dorothy C. Miller beginning in 1959…"
- Michael Werner Gallery official website
- The Art of Happenstance by Klaus Ottmann
- James Lee Byars' Performable Objects Essay by Kati Rubinyi from X-TRA : Contemporary Art Quarterly
- James Lee Byars: Im full of Byars / Homage / Kunstmuseum Bern Video at VernissageTV.
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