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James Lee Byars’ Concave Figure (1994) [foreground] and The Spinning Oracle of Delphi (1986) at Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea
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by Ben Davis

The current James Lee Byars bonanza, "The Rest is Silence," organized by the artist’s curatorial champion Klaus Ottmann and occupying six far-flung galleries both in Chelsea and on the East Side through June 20, 2006, is New York’s most thorough survey to date of the late American artist’s minimalist, mystical work, coming fast on the heels of the rather modest exhibition at the Whitney in 2005 (itself just a sampling of the much larger retrospective mounted in Europe).