Since 1963, Michael Werner Gallery has worked with some of the most important European and American artists of the 20th Century.

Michael Werner opened his first gallery in Berlin in 1963 with the premiere exhibition of Georg Baselitz. In 1969 Galerie Michael Werner was established in Cologne, in 1990 Michael Werner Gallery opened in New York City, and in 2012 Michael Werner Gallery opened in London. Over five decades Michael Werner Gallery has remained committed to working with some of the most important artists of the twentieth century, including Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Enrico David, Peter Doig, Jörg Immendorff, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke and Peter Saul.

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  • JAMES LEE BYARS: THE MILKY WAY AND THE STAR MAN, 21 May - 20 August 2021

    James Lee Byars

    The Star Man (part of ‘The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars’), 1990
    Thassos marble
    100 parts, each: 12.5 x 25 x 25 cm | 5 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in

    © The Estate of the Artist

    Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.

    JAMES LEE BYARS: THE MILKY WAY AND THE STAR MAN

    21 May - 20 August 2021
    Michael Werner Gallery, London is pleased to present James Lee Byars: The Milky Way and The Star Man. The exhibition will feature two of Byars's most ambitious works: The Milky Way, a 2-dimensional work composed of 100 black paper stars, and The Star Man, a 3-dimensional work comprising of 100 white Thassos marble stars. This exhibition marks only the second time each work has been on view and the first time these important works have been shown together. Eros, inscribed in gold on one black star and hidden beneath the artist's stylised writing, is the genesis of Byars's The Milky Way. In Greek mythology and philosophy, Eros has many guises. In the earliest sources, Eros is considered a primordial deity, a creator of the cosmos. While we commonly think of Eros as the Greek god of love and procreation, Byars adheres to a Platonic understanding of Eros. For Plato and...