Byars, James Lee
American, 20th century, male.
Born 1932, in Detroit; died May 1997, in Cairo.
Installation artist, performance artist, sculptor, draughtsman.
Using a variety of different forms of expression, including installations, writing, performance, photographs and sculpture, James Lee Byars has created a highly personal collection of work. In the 1950s he focused on comparing oriental civilisation and western mystical thought, notably with folding sculptures which he unfolded in public. He went on to subvert objects by creating them in precious or unusual materials such as gold leaf or marble. He made several visits to Japan from ...