James Lee Byars

The Perfect Kiss

The book contains more than 180 images of Byars’s performances, installations, sculptures and letters. It documents and analyses the key ideas of his practice, all conceived between 1969 and 1976 when he was closely associated with the Belgian art scene.

The title for the book refers to one of Byars’s best-known performances, staged in Antwerp, for which he kissed the air. It was through Wide White Space that Byars first met his fellow artists, friends and collaborators Marcel Broodthaers and Joseph Beuys.

In addition to a transcript of a lecture on ‘Question’ given by James Lee Byars at the Nova Scotia College in 1970, the book contains six commissioned texts for example an essay on Joseph Beuys teaching and Byars as a non-teaching artist by Viola Michely

English and Dutch text.

Accompanies the exhibition ‘James Lee Byars: The Perfect Kiss‘, 5 Oct 2018 – 20 Jan 2019, M HKA, Antwerp.

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