James Lee Byars (American, 1932-1997) Letter 16 1/2 x 46 1/2in (42 x 118cm)
Lot 265
James Lee Byars (American, 1932-1997) Letter 16 1/2 x 46 1/2in (42 x 118cm)
Sold for US$ 20,400 inc. premium

Lot Details
James Lee Byars (American, 1932-1997)
Letter
signed with initials 'JLB' (lower right)
gold pencil on red paper with printed gold decoration
16 1/2 x 46 1/2in (42 x 118cm)

Footnotes

  • Note:
    In the 1970s Byars created highly stylized letters using exotic paper and a rapidly drawn script in which each letter is superinscribed with many five-pointed stars. Byars sent these letters to the many places where he met people who interested or with whom he wanted to work. He also wrote voluminously to a smaller group of particularly close, old friends. Byars often started his day making these letters. He drew on rich, usually exotic gold or black paper and typically wrote in gold, white or black pencil. His paper was often of Asian origin or purchased from a specialty store during his travels. From James Elliot, The Perfect Thought, (p.112)
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