James Lee Byars (Detroit, 1932 – Cairo, 1997) 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.Read more about the artist
Throughout his life, the American artist James Lee Byars expresses his personal connection with people in small gifts and fragile letters. Friends who are dear to him, collectors who support him, curators who give his art a stage and help him realise his sometimes exorbitant wishes: all of them regularly receive, from somewhere in the world, an envelope with that so characteristic starry handwriting. Many recipients have cherished and kept this unusual post, including Flor and Lieve Bex of the International Cultural Centre (I.C.C.) in Antwerp. Their archive is on show in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen until 29 May 2016.