Michael Werner Gallery

James Lee Byars

(American, 1932–1997)

is is by james lee byars

James Lee Byars

Is Is, 1988

johnny, mary, michael, maria by james lee byars

James Lee Byars

Johnny, Mary, Michael, Maria, 1982

part one: “five points make a man”. a daily performance with water drops <br>7 february – 1 march, 2008 by james lee byars

James Lee Byars

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

slit moon by james lee byars

James Lee Byars

Slit Moon, 1994

the angel by james lee byars

James Lee Byars

The Angel, 1989



Born: in Detroit, MI
Won the Copely Prize by Cassandra Foundation
Received the DAAD scholarship
Died: in Cairo, Egypt
Education: Wayne State University, Meril Palmer School of Psychology


James Lee Byars – The Perfect Axis, Schloss Benrath, Düsseldorf; Germany
James Lee Byars, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, UK
Matthew Brannon, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, William E. Jones, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, KS
1968: The Great Innocents, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
I’m Full of Byars, Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK
The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Imminence, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
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)