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James Lee Byars / MATRIX 5

March 1, 1978 - March 31, 1978

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James Lee Byars: Untitled Object ("Runcible") or The Performable Square, 1962-64; single sheet of Japanese handmade white flax paper in Japanese Cedar wood box; dimensions unfolded: approximately 50' x 50'; dimensions folded in box: 20" x 20"; lent by the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Download the exhibition brochure (PDF).

This is the second work James Lee Byars has presented for MATRIX. The first, The Perfect Kiss, 1975, took the form of a performance which was presented as MATRIX 4.

James Lee Byars was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932. He attended Wayne State University and Merrill Palmer School of Psychology, where he studied art, psychology and philosophy. Since 192 he has lived and worked in Europe. Byars currently lives in Bern, Switzerland.

MATRIX is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency.