Exhibition Announcement - The Self Portrait of James Lee Byars
BYARS (James Lee). [The Self Portrait of James Lee Byars 11 January to 1 February 1992 Reception Saturday 11 January 5 to 8 pm The Great Baghoomian Gallery 555 Broadway New York 10012]. Original gallery invitation. 214 x 214mm., black card envelope containing a tiny black plastic ball sealed inside and gold text arranged in a small square in the upper left corner. New York, Vrej Baghoomian, 1992.
Envelope a trifle dented by the small ball inside. Unopened by this cataloguer.
Rare. No copies on WorldCat.
An announcement for a show at Vrej Baghoomian gallery in 1992 in which Byars had stripped the gallery rooms of electrical lighting and painted the entire space in high gloss black lacquer. Early self portraits by Byars show large wooden cartoon-like figures with a small black ball balanced on top for a head.