James Lee Byars

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James Lee Byars (born April 10, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan – died May 23, 1997 in Cairo, Egypt)[1][2] was an artist specializing in installation sculpture and in performance art.[3] 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); Klein / Byars / Kapoor, Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice; ARoS Kunstmuseum, Aarhus (2012); "James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography", Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2013 - 2014) and MoMA PS1, New York (2014); "FLEX", Kent Fine Art, New York (2014), and "James Lee Byars", Random Institute, Zurich (2014). In 2013 James Lee Byars was included in the 55th Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Roberta Smith (30 May 1997). "James Lee Byars, 65, Creator Of Art That Lived in a Moment". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Ken Johnson (June 19, 2014), The Man in the Gold Lamé Suit New York Times.
  3. ^ 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…