(1932 - 1997)
James Lee Byars was active/lived in New York, Michigan / Japan, Egypt. James Byars is known for sculptor-conceptual, drawing, performance art.
Biography James Byars
Neo-Dadaist, performance and conceptual artist James Lee Byars was born
April 10, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan. He studied art and
philosophy at Wayne State University, and attended the Merrill Palmer
School for Human Development, both in Detroit, 1948-1956. For a
one-day thesis exhibition in 1955, Byars displayed large, spherical
stones in his family's house, from which he removed all furniture,
windows and doors. In 1956, Byars rented a sod farm to exhibit
his abstract figure sculptures at midnight under a full moon. The
sculptures were viewed from sleds pulled over the snow. In 1957,
Byars received a one-year travel stipend from neighbors who admired a
garden he designed for his Detroit patron. Byars used
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