James Lee Byars – Three collections
James Lee Byars was a nomadic artist. Born in America and profoundly influenced by ten years in Japan, he was received in Europe with open arms. At first he concentrated mainly on performance art; later he produced more tangible works as well. Three shows in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen featured important collections owned by Flor Bex, Wies Smals and Carlos Becerra. The archives contain work by Byars that has never been shown before.
A regular catalogue wouldn't fit with this philosophical artist. Instead of one complete book, the information is spread over three specific and one general tabloid-sized paper. The design tries to do justice to Byars borderless and sensitive way of working, and his obsession with absence.