James Lee Byars – The Chair for the Philosophy of Question at Michael Werner Gallery, East Hampton






How admirable,
To see lightning,
And not think life is fleeting

Matsuo Bash? (b. 1644, d. 1694)

Michael Werner Gallery, East Hampton is pleased to present James Lee Byars: The Chair for the Philosophy of Question, one of the key works by American artist James Lee Byars (b. 1932, d. 1997). 

Byars has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including The Palace of Good Luck, Castello di Rivoli / Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (1989); The Perfect Moment, IVAM Centre del Carme, Valencia (1994); The Palace of Perfect, Fundaçao de Serralves, Porto (1997); Life Love and Death, Schirn Kunsthalle and Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (2004); The Perfect Silence, Whitney Museum of American Art (2005); 1/2 an Autobiography, MoMA PS1, New York and Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2013-2014); The Golden Tower, Campo San Vio, Venice (2017); The Perfect Kiss, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2018); and The Perfect Moment, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2021). Upcoming exhibitions include Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (both 2023).

James Lee Byars: The Chair for the Philosophy of Question will be on view beginning Thursday, 7 April. Our East Hampton gallery will be open Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm.

Michael Werner East Hampton

50 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937

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