James Lee Byars

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James Lee Byars (born April 10, 1932 – died May 23, 1997 in Cairo, Egypt.[1]) was an artist specializing in installation sculpture and in performance art.[2] Byars' notable performance works include "The Death of James Lee Byars" and "The Perfect Smile".


  1. ^ Roberta Smith (30 May 1997). "James Lee Byars, 65, Creator Of Art That Lived in a Moment". The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D05EED8133AF933A05756C0A961958260. 
  2. ^ Francis Morrone (20 September 2007). "Notes From a Young Artist". The New York Sun. Review of James Lee Byars: The Art of Writing at the Museum of Modern Art. http://www.nysun.com/article/63061. "The exhibition principally comprises numerous letters or missives that the artist Byars sent to the MoMA curator Dorothy C. Miller beginning in 1959…" 

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