Boris Lurie (1924-2008)



News on Boris Lurie






Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile

May 3 - July 9, 2022


High Line Nine
New York
3-26 May 2022
Boris Lurie, Sam Goodman, Stanley Fisher at High Line Nine, New York

Boris Lurie and Wolf Vostell. Art After Auschwitz.

The exhibition is the first to compare artists Boris Lurie and Wolf Vostell
on the theme of their joint approach to the Shoah.
29 January - 29 May 2022
Den Haag, Netherlands

Works by Boris Lurie at Paris Photo. Galerie Odile Ouizeman. Both A3. 11-14 November 2021



BORIS LURIE: Nothing to do but to try

Museum of Jewish Heritage New York

A Living Memorial to the Holocaust


October 22, 2021 - April 29, 2022



Richardson Magazine (USA) has published a 16-page article on Boris Lurie with numerous illustrations in its current issue

(A10 - September 2021).



Boris Lurie. Richardson Magazine A10, September 2021


PS112 Gallery New York

Group show including works by
Blanka Amezkua, Penny Arcade, Alex Bienstock, Jackie Du, Ggggrimes, Mark Thomas Gibson, Katie Holten, Haley Hughes, Boris Lurie, Gordon Matta Clark, Tommy Mintz, Nyeema Morgan, Avery Z Nelson, Ellen Phelan, Seth David Tobocman

9 September to 3 October 2021


Boris Lurie "Hard Writings: NO on Reversed Pinups", 1972. Oil and paper collage on canvas 18 3/4 x 22 1/2 x 5 in. (47.6 x 57.2 x 12.7 cm). Currently on view at PS112 Gallery New York among other works.
Prada Foundation Venice. May 22- November 21,2021. STOP PAINTING is an exhibition conceived by artist Peter Fischli on view at the historic palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina, Fondazione Prada’s Venetian venue. The exhibition include works by BORIS LURIE.
Boris Lurie NO-ON, 1962. Oil paint on canvas. 25.5 x 28.5 In / 65 x 72,5 cm. BLAF.000315. On display at Prada Foundation among other works.

Boris Lurie exhibition at the Lipke Memorial Museum in Riga

until July 30, 2021

Boris Lurie exhibition at the Lipke Memorial Museum in Riga


Erstmalig auf Deutsch!

Erscheint im März 2021 im Wallstein Verlag.

Mehr infos und eine Leseprobe erhalten Sie hier

Watch THE LIFE OF BORIS LURIE in the Boris Lurie & NO!art virtual gallery.


The new BORIS LURIE & NO!art Virtual Gallery



contains Lurie's most important paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and more, as well as, a NO!art show with works by

Lurie, Goodman, Fisher, Lebel, Kusama, Tambellini, Vostell among others.

Over 250 significant works are on display.


The virtual gallery includes 

a visualization of the MARCH GALLERY

as well as, the GALLERY: GERTRUDE STEIN 

presenting over 50 photos, statements and other files of these legendary galleries

connected to NO!art in the 1960s.


Discover the new Library which includes

Catalogues, Posters, Videos, Photos, Audio Analysis, Articles & Essays, Interviews, Exhibition History and Timelines.


Explore over 500 files available online to learn more about the art and life of Boris Lurie.


Now Open




Enjoy lectures on Boris Lurie 


Thursday, April 30th at 8pm (Washington DC time) on ZOOM
Tom Freudenheim: The Politics on Political Art in America

Sunday, May 3rd at 8pm
(Washington DC time) on ZOOM
a repeat of Dr. Eva Fogelman's talk on Boris Lurie: The Art of a Survivor

Please RSVP to to receive a link and a password to enter the ZOOM Room where the discussion will take place. Kindly mention in your email which event you are RSVPing to

BORIS LURIE "Big NO painting" (Detail), 1963. © Boris Lurie Art Foundation
This event has been Rescheduled for
Sunday, April 26 at 2:00pm
Dr. Eva Fogelman will lead a discussion on Boris Lurie
The Center for Contemporary Political Art
916 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Boris Lurie NO with Linoleum, 1962, oil paint on linoleum on board. Detail. © Boris Lurie Art Foundation
Detail: Boris Lurie Untitled (37 Ludzas Street), c. late 1940's, oil on board


Portable Landscapes: Memories and Imaginaries of Refugee Modernism

19 November 2019 to 15 February 2020
The James Gallery, The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue Rm. 5103
10016 New York , NY
Artists: Daina Dagnija, Yonia Fain, Yevgeniy Fiks, Hell’s Kitchen collective, Rolands Kaņeps, Boris Lurie, Judy Blum Reddy, Vladimir Svetlov & Aleksandr Zapoļ (Orbita Group), Viktor Timofeev, Sigurds Vīdzirkste, Artūrs Virtmanis. Curators: Katherine Carl, Solvita Krese, Inga Lāce and Andra Silapētere.
February 11, 2020. 4pm to 8pm
Talk by exhibition curators Inga Lāce and Solvita Krese
Judy Blum Reddy in conversation with curators Inga Lāce, Solvita Krese, Katherine Carl
Artist talk and a discussion with Karol Radziszewski about his film “America is Not Ready for This” (2012)
Presentation of Boris Lurie book “In Riga” (2019) with participation from poet Igor Stanovsky
Discussion about younger Latvian art scene in New York with exhibition artists Artūrs Virtmanis, Viktor Timofeev and curator and art historian Ksenia Nouril



New Home for the Boris Lurie Art Foundation



The Boris Lurie Art Foundation is excited to unveil its state-of-the-art 4,000 square foot space in Clifton, NJ. Award winning architect Julian von der Schulenburg has created a versatile space inspired by the industrial shell of the warehouse-like building. Incorporated into the design is a gallery space where the Foundation can host curators to view the over 3,000 works in its collection. In addition to the viewing area, ample space is provided for open art storage, restoration facilities, an archive room, and a research library. 

BLAF's new warehouse in Clifton, NY.


Truth or Mysteries
Eckhart J. Gillen
21 x 15 cm
101 pages, 40 color images.
Published by Boris Lurie Art Foundation & Mark Rothko Art Center
ISBN 978 9934 535949

Altered Man: The Art of Boris Lurie at Odesa Fine Arts Museum

We are happy to welcome you to the opening of the exhibition on November 15, 2019 at 5 PM in Odesa Fine Arts Museum.

15 November 2019 to 15 January 2020
Odesa Fine Arts Museum, Odessa, Ukraine

"Boris Lurie. American Nonconformist"

Exhibition at The State Russian Museum

The State Russian Museum
The Stroganov Palace
29 August through 11 November 2019
Sam Goodman at the NO!Sculpture (Shit) show at Gallery Gertrude Stein, New York 1964

"Shit and Doom - NO!art" 


Isser Aronovici, Stanley Fisher, Dorothy Gillespie, Sam Goodman, Yayoi Kusama, Suzanne Long, Boris Lurie, Lil Picard, Aldo Tambellini, Richard Tyler, Stella Waitzkin


19 September 2019 to 3 November 2019



Mathieu Copeland & Stewart Home in conversation

Sunday 29th September 4-6pm


Cell Project Space

258 Cambridge Heath Road

London UK


Altered Man

The Art of Boris Lurie
06 September to 30 October 2019



Kyiv National Art Gallery, Shokoladnyi Budynok Art Center

6, Mykhaila Hrushevskoho St


Boris Lurie Art & Dada Study Center. Janco Dada Museum in Ein Hod, Israel
NO!art exhibition at the JANCO-DADA Museum in Ein Hod, Israel on July 20th and opening of the BORIS LURIE & DADA STUDY CENTER


BORIS LURIE Artist and Witness at Mark Rothko Centre Daugavpils, Latvia

April 26th - June 23rd. 2019


BORIS LURIE and NO!art at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroska, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. On view until June 2, 2019





National Museum of Art Riga Bourse, Riga, Latvia

12.January - 10.March 2019



Pop-art after the Holocaust



Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow

26.Oct.2018 - 03.Feb.2019


Boris Lurie (1924–2008) was an American artist, who was born into a Jewish family in Leningrad (today Saint Petersburg). He spent his childhood in Riga. In August 1941, the Germans began the deportation of the Jewish population to the ghetto. The artist’s mother, sister and grandmother as well as the artist’s teenage girlfriend were shot in the Rumbula forests on the outskirts of Riga in December 1941. The Rumbula massacre was one of the greatest atrocities to be carried out in the course of two days by the Einsatzkommandos, in which some 30,000 Jews were killed. Boris and his father found themselves in concentration camps in Stutthof, and then in Buchenwald, from which they were liberated in May 1945. Shortly after the war ended, they emigrated to the USA. Until the end of his life, the artist lived and worked in New York.


Lurie’s creative output encompassed many fields: he was a visual artist – creating paintings, installation and objects – as well as a writer and poet. His activity as he saw it was a form of protest against pop art and abstract expressionism – prevalent in the USA at the time. He did not care whether his art gained acclaim on the artworld market. Together with Stanley Fisher and Sam Goodman, he founded the NO!Art movement. To Lurie, “‘NO’ means not accepting everything that you are told and thinking of yourself. And it is also an expression of dissatisfaction.” His was art that was politically engaged and called for social action, art that was spontaneous, anarchic and therapeutic.


Boris Lurie was psychologically affected by the Holocaust and his art was irrevocably linked to that experience – a ceaseless attempt to work through the trauma of war. Lurie created a unique symbolic language, in which authenticity and emotional tension went beyond the accepted norms of what is deemed appropriate. The recurrent leitmotifs of his work are footage from concentration camps, the Star of David, snaps of pinup girls cut out from magazines and the word ‘NO’ – given prominence in many of his works.


The artist’s legacy – the majority of his works and archival material – are the property of the Boris Lurie Art Foundation in New York. The mission of the Foundation is to preserve and bring before the public the art of Boris Lurie, while making the viewers aware of the complex issues that were the impetus of these works.

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