Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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