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Byars, James Leelocked

(b Detroit, MI, May 10, 1932; d Cairo, Egypt, June 23, 1997).
  • Klaus Ottmann

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American sculptor, performance artist, and installation artist. Byars spent his formative years in Japan (1958–68) where he learnt to appreciate the ephemeral as a valued quality in art and embrace the ceremonial as a continuing mode in his life and work. He adapted the highly sensual, abstract, and symbolic practices found in Japanese Noh theatre and Shinto rituals to Western science, art, and philosophy. One of his most important works of that period is ...

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