Matt Morris with James Lee Byars: The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer
This book is published to accompany Matt Morris' The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer, a project exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center that examines the life and work of American conceptualist James Lee Byars (1932–1997), as well as the conditions and relationships between artists, museums, collectors, and art history by which projects like these are realized.
Morris questions how art histories are crafted, by whom, and at the expense of what being excluded from canon. The book for The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer includes documentation of the exhibition, essays by Steven Matijcio, Gordon Hall, Annie Nocenti, and Steve Reinke, and an interview between Morris and the curatorial collective Triple Candie. The book's design is inspired by Byars' first artist's book 100,000 Minutes from 1969. Designers Frederick Eschrich and Rob Wilson developed a researched vision for the book that parallels Morris' own inquiries into Byars' notion of perfection by reacting to ideas of perfection in graphic design and typography history.
Edition of 500.
Published by Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, 2015, paperback with debossed cover, 90 pages, 10.5 x 8.5 inches.