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Walther König, Köln/MoMA PS1/Museo Jumex

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Flexi, 6.75 x 9.5 in. / 304 pgs / 213 color / 87 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2014 p. 117   

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New York
MoMA PS1, 06/15/14-09/07/14

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James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook

Edited by Magali Arriola, Peter Eleey. Interview by David Sewell.

James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook”I see my autobiography as an arbitrary segment of so many pages of time, of things that I have paid attention to at this point in my life,” wrote James Lee Byars (1932–1997) in 1969. He was then 37, about half the average male lifespan at the time, and accordingly thought it appropriate to write his “1/2 autobiography.” Byars’ art ranged from highly refined objects to extremely minimal performance and events, and books, ephemera and correspondence that he distributed widely among friends and colleagues. Today, more than 15 years after his death, assessments of his art must negotiate Byars’ performance of his charismatic self in his life and art. For his first major posthumous survey in the US, exhibition curators Magalí Arriola and Peter Eleey decided to produce a catalogue in two “halves,” playing on his “1/2 autobiography”: a catalogue of the exhibition itself, including new scholarship, and a sourcebook of primary documents. 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook constitutes the latter volume--a reference guide filled with photographs and documents drawn from a variety of archival sources, including The Getty Research Institute, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, MoMA and Byars’ own papers. This volume also includes a series of previously unseen interviews that artist and art historian David Sewell conducted with Byars in the late 1970s in preparation for a book that was never published. These discussions cover a number of Byars’ major projects, among them The World Question CenterThe Holy Ghost and the artist’s time at CERN.

"James Lee Byars and unidentified woman" is reproduced from James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook.

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James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook

James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook

This 1978 announcement for James Lee Byars' The Perfect Kiss is reproduced from 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook, published to accompany the first major posthumous survey since the artist's death in 1997, which opens this Sunday, June 15 at MoMA PS1. Available at our store at the museum, ARTBOOK @ MoMA PS1, the book is a gold-stamped treasure trove of archival photographs, original documents and previously unpublished interviews by David Sewell from the 1970s. It comes wrapped in delicate pink tissue paper with gold seal. continue to blog


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James Lee Byars: The Perfect Kiss

JAMES LEE BYARS: THE PERFECT KISS

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James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography, Sourcebook

JAMES LEE BYARS: 1/2 AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, SOURCEBOOK

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN/MOMA PS1/MUSEO JUMEX

ISBN: 9783863355111
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ISBN: 9783863350161
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