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Piece on Boris Lurie

ACKER AWARD, booklett on March 4, 2019

Boris Lurie– “Born July 18, 1924, in Leningrad, Russia. Together with his parents he moved to Riga in 1925/26. Captured by the Germans 1941 and suffered in the ghettos and concentration-camps of Riga, Salapils, Stutthof and Buchenwald-Magdeburg in Germany. Emigration to USA in 1946. Lived in Paris from 1954 to 1955. Founded together with Sam Goodman and Stanley Fisher the NO!art movement in 1959 at March gallery in the Tenth Street in New York. Since 1978 he collaborates together with Dietmar Kirves for continuation the NO!art movement. They realized successively the first NO!art anthology, the NO!art show in Buchenwald, more NO!art exhibitions, and also the NO!art website. Boris Lurie died on January 7th, 2008, in New York.” --- [http://borislurie.no-art.info/_intro-en.html]

I first met Harry Smith and Boris Lurie at Ari Roussimoff screening of his underground film noir feature Shadows In the City (1991) when Howard Guttenplan ran and kept alive Millennium Film Workshop.  Meeting Boris was one of the major blessings in my life.  Loved Boris.  He was such radical thinker and artist.  For me he was the one of the most radical survivor artists of the Holocaust.  Second major blessing from Boris was connecting with Dietmar Kirves, all he has done for the movement, and, especially, his NO!art website. Love Dietmar.

“THE PRICE FOR COLLABORATION IN ART is – as in the concentration camps – excremental suffocation. It is not by submission, coolness, apathy, boredom that great art is created – no matter what the cynics tell us. The secret ingredient is what is most difficult to learn - courage.”  Boris Lurie.  By collaboration he meant to compromise ones values, aesthetic, political position just to to fit in.  ---  Boris Lurie

“Realizing that NO!art had no possibility of an exhibition in the German Democratic Republic or Former East Germany (GDR), I was extremely pleased the art of Boris Lurie could and would come to Buchenwald, the former Nazi concentration camp located in Weimar (Germany). The whitewashed rooms of the restored disinfection building of the concentration camp were to be filled with his art works.” --- Boris Lurie, NO!art and The Buchenwald Memorial Dr. Sonja Staar Curator 1 – Buchenwald Concentration Camp

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