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Boris Lurie (July 18, 1924 â€“ January 7, 2008) was a New York City-based artist and writer. He is the co-founder of the NO!Art movement which calls for art leading to social action
He was born in Leningrad in 1924 but soon after moved with his family to Latvia. During World War II he was imprisoned in a succession of concentration camps, absorbing graphic images that would resurface decades later in etchings, paintings and collages. Lived in Paris from 1954 to 1955.
In 1960 he founded the NO!Art movement together with Sam Goodman and Stanley Fisher, out of a sense of disillusionment with the contemporary art scene. The goal was to have art address the disconcerting truths: racism, imperialism, sexim, colonialism, depravity. The movement favors "totally unabashed self-expression leading to social action" and is opposed to the worldwide capitalist "investment art market", to pop-art that celebrates consumerism and to decorative "salon art" such as abstract expressionism. Lurie's art and the NO!Art movement were largely ignored by the establishment, and in 1970 Lurie wrote his critique "MOMA as Manipulator".Since 1978 he collaborates with Dietmar Kirves for continuation the NO!art movement. Together they realised the first NO!art anthology, the "NO!art in Buchenwald" book, and several exhibitions.
Died on January 7th, 2008, in New York.
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