Friday, January 11, 2008

James Lee Byars

I was doing some research at the New York Public Library today and came across this image (below--sorry for the lousy scan-of-a-photocopy) of a "silk 'plural' dress for use by several people simultaneously" by James Lee Byars, in a 1968 issue of Craft Horizons. Byars was one of the great artists of the second half of the 20th century but is oddly underappreciated. That may be just as well because his works is really best appreciated by true cognoscenti. It may be too theatrical or decorative for much of the contemporary art crowd. Interesting stuff about Byars here:

In the same article ("Clothing: Theater of the Self") was this image from William Klein's film Qui Etes Vous Polly Maggoo, of the aluminum dresses by Francois and Bernard Baschet. See their VERY interesting site: