James Lee Byars (American, 1932-1997) Untitled (Reaction to The Perfect Thought) 10 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 8in (26.7 x 4.5 x 20.3cm)
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James Lee Byars (American, 1932-1997) Untitled (Reaction to The Perfect Thought) 10 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 8in (26.7 x 4.5 x 20.3cm)
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James Lee Byars (American, 1932-1997) Untitled (Reaction to The Perfect Thought) 10 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 8in (26.7 x 4.5 x 20.3cm)
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James Lee Byars (American, 1932-1997)
Untitled (Reaction to The Perfect Thought)
altered book and matches
10 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 8in (26.7 x 4.5 x 20.3cm)

Footnotes

  • Note:
    In the essay The Archaic Smile of James Lee Byars Joachim Sartorius notes an occasion when Byars discovers The Perfect Thought by James Elliott in Joachim's apartment and begins a six hour re-editing of the book which included the use of scissors, a knife, hammer and nails, and a lit cigar. Byars "deemed the paper miserable, too light, without resonance; the format false; the typography wretched" (p.217). He performed similar ritual re-issues whenever he encountered the book.

    Carl Haenlein, ed., James Lee Byars: The Epitaph of Con. Art is which Questions have disappeared?, Hannover, Kestner Gesellschaft, 1999
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