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Topic: The first immaterial work of art in history: Perfect Smile

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Re: The first immaterial work of art in history: Perfect Smile

James Lee Byars: Perfect Smile (Performance)

At the award ceremony for the  Wolfgang Hahn Prize in 1994, he appeared in Cologne's  Ludwig Museum dressed completely in black and with his eyes covered, and tossed the public a brief smile. The ephemeral action, which went by the title "The Perfect Smile," has since become the first truly immaterial work of art in the museum's collection. At the same time, the word "perfect," as Viola Michely writes in her catalogue essay on the Schirn exhibition, implies a fascinating dual meaning: perfect, yes, but already a thing of the past.