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James Lee Byars    (American, 1932-1997)

 James Lee Byars - Concave Figure (Sculptures)
James Lee Byars
Concave Figure 1994

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
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