Shop > Artists' Books


I Cancel All My Works at Death: A Project by Triple Candie on James Lee Byars

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Artists' Books
6.5 × 9.5 inches
128 pages
Essays, Catalogue

Edited by Triple Candie, Jens Hoffmann. Introduction by Triple Candie. Foreword by Elysia Borowy-Reeder. Text by Delores Hart, Jens Hoffmann, et al.

Titled after James Lee Byars’ famous proclamation, Triple Candie’s I Cancel All My Works at Death posits that Byars and his work are better misremembered than reexperienced. Triple Candie is a fugitive institution operated by two art historians that produces exhibitions “about art but devoid of it” that are realized without the involvement of artists. This book includes documentation of the exhibition as well as two recollections (by the artist’s teenage sweetheart and a late-life acquaintance), essays on creative reconstruction and Byars’ relationship to Detroit, a conversation between Triple Candie and a lawyer on the legal ramifications of artistic cancelation, and an assortment of quotes by Radiohead, Ivor Cutler and others that have nothing and everything to do with Byars and this show.

  1. I Cancel All My Works at Death

Related Items

  1. Agnes Martin
  2. Nickolas Mohanna: Heat Death
  3. Ryan Compton: Project 6
  4. Hansjörg Mayer: Typo
  5. Sven Augustijnen: Spectres
  6. Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989
  7. Seth Price: 2000 Words
  8. It is what it is. Or is it?
  9. Marcel Dzama: Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets
  10. Art or Sound
  11. Michael Riedel: Oskar
  12. Source Book 5 / 2008 Geoffrey Farmer
  13. The New Public
  14. John Cage: Diary
  15. Carey Young: Subject to Contract
  16. Joëlle Tuerlinckx: Wor(l)(d)(k) in Progress?
  17. Joan Jonas: In the Shadow a Shadow
  18. Lawrence Weiner: If in Fact There Is a Context
  19. Roni Horn: Hack Wit
  20. Troubling Research
  21. Art and the F Word
  22. Civic City Cahier 4
  23. Stephen Wetzel: Occasional Performances and Wayward Writings
  24. On Fire
  25. Cory Arcangel: All the Small Things
  26. Peter Fischli and David Weiss: Polyurethane Objects
  27. Peter Fischli & David Weiss: 800 Views of Airports
  28. On Kawara - Silence
  29. Dorothy Iannone: Censorship and the Irrepressible Drive Toward Love and Divinity
  30. Richard Tuttle: Prints
  31. Pawel Althamer: 2000 Words
  32. Paul Chan: New New Testament
  33. Animal Spirits
  34. Jeff Dersken: Jeff Derksen: After Euphoria
  35. Gerhard Richter: Editions 1965-2013

Catalogue Raisonné
  36. Caro Caron and Christine Redfern: Who Is Ana Mendieta?