James Lee Byars  (American, 1932-1997) 


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James Lee Byars, THE PE IS THE BE


James Lee Byars
circa 1980

Kewenig Galerie
James Lee Byars, Your Genius


James Lee Byars
Your Genius

Les Modernes
James Lee Byars, The Monument to Cleopatra


James Lee Byars
The Monument to Cleopatra

Michael Werner Gallery
James Lee Byars, Man Ascending


James Lee Byars
Man Ascending

Les Modernes
James Lee Byars, Johnny, Mary, Michael, Maria


James Lee Byars
Johnny, Mary, Michael, Maria

Michael Werner Gallery
James Lee Byars, The Golden Divan


James Lee Byars
The Golden Divan

Michael Werner Gallery
James Lee Byars, Concave Figure


James Lee Byars
Concave Figure

Galerie Michael Werner
James Lee Byars, Part one: “Five Points Make a Man”. A daily performance with water drops 7 February – 1 March, 2008


James Lee Byars
Part one: “Five Points Make a Man”. A daily performance with water drops
7 February – 1 March, 2008

Michael Werner Gallery
James Lee Byars, The Diamond Floor


James Lee Byars
The Diamond Floor

Michael Werner Gallery
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James Lee Byars, Sans titre


James Lee Byars
Sans titre, 1979
paper and fabric


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James Lee Byars, Sans titre


James Lee Byars
Sans titre, 1959
ink on paper laid on paper


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James Lee Byars, PIITL (Perfect is in the Louvre)


James Lee Byars
PIITL (Perfect is in the Louvre), 1990
ink on cardboard


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1932   Born: in Detroit, MI
1967   Won the Copely Prize by Cassandra Foundation
1974   Received the DAAD scholarship
1997   Died: in Cairo, Egypt
  Education: Wayne State University, Meril Palmer School of Psychology
2010   James Lee Byars – The Perfect Axis, Schloss Benrath, Düsseldorf; Germany
2009   James Lee Byars, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK
2009   Matthew Brannon, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, William E. Jones, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009   The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, KS
2009   1968: The Great Innocents, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
2009   I’m Full of Byars, Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK
2009   The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2009   Imminence, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
2009   James Lee Byars Lived Here, organized by Milton Keynes Gallery, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy (solo)
2008 - 2009   I’m Full of Byars: James Lee Byars - Eine Hommage, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland (solo)
2008 - 2009   NeoHooDoo: Art of a Forgotten Faith, PS1/MoMA, New York, NY; Miami Art Museum, Miam, FLi
2008   James Lee Byars: JB: Q.I.I.T.R. T.F.T.I.P. T.S.T., Galerie de France/Galerie Michael Werner, Paris, France (solo)
2008   Power, Foxy Production, New York, NY
2008   Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
2008   James Lee Byars: Five Points Make a Man, Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2008   Old Masters, Modern & Contemporary Art and Fine Arts, Galerie Marie-Puck Broodthaers, Brussel, Belgium
2008   Pretty Ugly, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY
2008   Im full of Byars. James Lee Byars in Bern - eine Hommage, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
2007   Selection, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, Germany
2007   The Invisible Show, Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain
2007   James Lee Byars: The Art of Writing, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
2006   The Materialization of Sensibility: Art and Alchemy, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY
2006   Elemental Form, L&M Arts, New York, NY
2006   Strange Powers, Creative Time, New York, NY
2006   James Lee Byars. The Rest is Silence, Michael Werner, Perry Rubenstein and Mary Boone Galleries, New York, NY (solo)
2006   Worlds: James Lee Byars, Jörg Immendorff, Thomas Lehmerer, Hermann Nitsch, Reiner Ruthenbeck and others, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
2005   James Lee Byars: Selected Works, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen Colorado (solo)
2005   James Lee Byars, Barbican, London, UK (solo)
2005   James Lee Byars, Griffin Contemporary, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2004 - 2005   James Lee Byars, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2004   Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated): Art from 1951 to the Present, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
2004   Los Monocromos, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
2004   James Lee Byars, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
2004   James Lee Byars: Life, Love and Death, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2003   'The Moon Books: Above and Below, An Exhibition of James Lee Byars', Michael Werner Gallery, New York
2003   'Louise Bourgeois, James Lee Byars – Il disparut dans le silence total', Centre Pompidou, Paris
2002   'The Inward Eye: Transcendence in Contemporary Art', Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
2002   'The Angel', Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
2001   Galerie Er Rashid, Düsseldorf; 'Letters to Joseph Beuys', Museum für Kommunikation, Frankfurt
2001   'Works on Paper from the 1960s and 1990s and Sculpture from the 1990s', Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
2001   'Ephemera', Low, Los Angeles
2001   'Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism', SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe
2001   'Alchemie de la rencontre', FRAC/Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Champagen-Ardenne, Reims
2001   'The Museum of our Wishes', Museum Ludwig, Cologne
2001   ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris Paris, France
2000   'The Poetic Conceit and Other Black Works', Michael Werner Gallery, New York and Cologne
1999   Michael Werner Gallery, New York and Cologne; 'The Epitaph of Con.Art is Which Questions Have Disappeared?', Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
1999   Venice Biennale, Venice
1998   Out of Actions, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
1997   The Palace of Perfect-Retrospective, Fundacao de Serralves Porto, Portugal
1996   Henry Moore Foundation-Henry Moore Institute Leeds
1996   Galerie Joan Prats Barcelona
1996   Under Capricorn, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
1996   Under Capricorn, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1996   The Angel, Michael Werner Gallery New York
1996   Negotiating Rapture, , Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
1996   Instituto de America Santa Fe, NM and Granada
1995 - 1996   Amerikaanse Perspectieven, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1995   Five Points Make a Man, The Moons and Constellations, Michael Werner Gallery New York
1995   James Lee Byars, Fondation Cartier pour L'art Contemporain Paris, France
1995   Views from Abroad, Whitney Museum of American Art New York
1994 - 1995   The Perfect Moment, , IVAM Valencia
1994   Couplet 2, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1994   Outside the Frame: Performance and the Object, Cleveland Center fro Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH
1994   The Perfect Love, Laura Carpenter Fine Art Santa Fe, NM
1993   Sun, Moon, and Stars, Württenmbergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
1993   American Art in the 20th Century, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, Germany and London, England
1993   The Red Angel, Venice Biennale
1993   The Red Angel, Cirva Marseille
1993   James Lee Byars IS IS, Mulier Mulier Gallery Knokke-Heist, Belgium
1993   James Lee Byars, SCAI The Bathhouse-Shiraishi Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
1993   Works from the Sixties and Recent Works, Michael Werner, Inc. New York
1992   IS, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery New York
1992   The Human Figure, Mary Boone Gallery New York
1992   IS, Galeria La Maquina Espanola Madrid, Spain
1992   Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall Stockholm
1992   Galerie de Alhambra Foundation Granada
1992   Galerie de France Paris, France
1992   Documenta IX, Kassel
1992   Plus Ultra, Alhambra Foundation Granada
1991   The Path of Luck, Michael Werner Inc. New York
1991   The Path of Luck, Galerie Michael Werner Cologne, Germany
1990 - 1991   Vies D'Artistes, Le Havre-Musée des Beaux Arts André Malraux
1990   The Perfect Thought, University Art Museum @ University of CA, Berkeley Berkeley, CA
1990   The Perfect Thought, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
1989 - 1990   Galerie Michael Werner Cologne, Germany
1989   Monument to Cleopatra, Cleto Polcina Arte Moderna Rome, Italy
1989   Mary Boone Gallery New York
1989   The Palace of Good Luck, Castello di Rivoli-Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Turin, Italy
1989   Galerie de France Paris, France
1988   James Lee Byars, Mary Boone Gallery New York
1988   Hoffman Borman Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1987   Zeichnungen, Galerie Fred Jahn Munich, Germany
1987   The Letter Reading Society of James Lee Byars, Galerie des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Belgium
1986 - 1987   Beauty Goes Avantgarde, Galerie Michael Werner Cologne, Germany
1986   Palast der Philosophie/The Philosophical Palace, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf Dusseldorf, Germany
1985   Galerie Michael Werner Cologne, Germany
1985   Mary Boone Gallery New York
1984   Galerie Michael Werner Cologne, Germany
1984   Museum of Fine Art Philadelphia, PA
1984   The Perfect Quiet, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, MA
1983   Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven
1982   James Lee Byars im Westfälischen Kunstverein, Westfälischen Kunstverein Munster, Germany
1981   Galerie Michael Werner Cologne, Germany
1981   The Classical Exhibition of to Be Quiet, Galerie Helen van der Meij Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1980   The Exhibition of Perfect, Busch Reisinger Museum at Harvard University Cambridge, MA
1978   The Perfect Kiss, University of California Art Museum Berkeley, CA
1978   Hear Th In Ph Around This Chair and It Knocks You Out, Marian Goodman Gallery New York
1978   The Exhibition of Perfect, Kunsthalle Bern Switzerland
1977   The Play of Death, Domplatz-Dom Hotel Cologne, Germany
1977   The First Total Interrogative Philosophy, Städtisches Museum Monchengladbach, Germany
1976   The Perfect Performance is to Stand Still, I.C.C. Antwerp, Belgium
1975   The Perfect Kiss, Pavillon Denon-Musée du Louvre Paris, France
1974   The Perfect Love Letter, Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Belgium
1974   The Golden Tower, Galerie Rudolf Springer Berlin, Germany
1973   Wide White Space Gallery Antwerp, Belgium
1971   The Black Book, Galerie Michael Werner Cologne, Germany
1970   The Gold Curb, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY
1969   The World Question on Belgian TV, Wide White Space Gallery Antwerp, Belgium
1968   The World Question Center, Hudson Institute Croton-on-Hudson, NY
1964   Carnegie Museum Pittsburgh, PA
1962   Paper of Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
1961   Willars Gallery New York
1958   Museum of Modern Art New York, NY