James Lee Byars

1932 · United States

Artist biography

James Lee Byars is an established contemporary visual artist, who originates from the United States. James Lee Byars was born in 1932. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Yoko Ono, Jim Dine, Eva Hesse, Joan Jonas, Frank Stella and Ed Ruscha.

Galleries and Exhibitions

James Lee Byars is represented by two galleries. These are Michael Werner | New York in the United States and Kewenig | Berlin in Germany. James Lee Byars' work has most recently been exhibited at Michael Werner | London in the United Kingdom (31 May 2019 until 27 August 2019) with the exhibition Works 1974-1994. James Lee Byars' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Florence Loewy in Paris (07 June 2019 - 27 August 2019) with the name Solo Exhibition and Noire Gallery in Turin (09 June 2019 - 29 August 2019) with the name LINES. James Lee Byars' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Group exhibition and took place at Galerie Fons Welters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from the 25 April 2019 to 14 June 2019.

Historical Context of United States

The United States, particularly New York city, remains as a central point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The concept of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub emerged in the post war era, and the city thrived in affirming its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful global art centre. The predominance of the political and economic structures of the United States in the modern era has provided the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are essential art movements that blossomed in the United States. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as alternative forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally distinguished U.S artists of the contemporary period age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for James Lee Byars

Born in 1932, James Lee Byars' creative work was primarily inspired by the 1950s. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many decades to come. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

James Lee Byars