BORIS LURIE VIRTUAL GALLERY
The new virtual gallery contains Lurie’s most important paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures and more.
Move around the gallery with a simple click of your laptop cursor or tap on your phone.
Click on individual artworks to learn more about the story behind each piece.
Past Exhibitions and Events
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
BORIS LURIE "Big NO painting" (Detail), 1963. © Boris Lurie Art Foundation
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Boris Lurie and his dog Punch in the studio circa 1970. © 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
Center for Contemporary Political Art
916 G Street NW, Washington, DC
The Center for Contemporary Political Art has rescheduled Dr. Fogelman's talk on
Boris Lurie to Sunday, April 26th at 2pm,
as a precautionary measure in light of the current CoronaVirus outbreak.
Boris Lurie NO with Linoleum, 1962, oil paint on linoleum on board. Detail. © Boris Lurie Art Foundation
Dr. Eva Fogelman is a psychologist,
author, filmmaker and pioneer in the treatment of the psychological effects of the Holocaust on those who survived, and their families.
She will talk about Lurie's motivation
for creating the political art in the exhibition; the lifelong trauma he suffered as a result of the Holocaust; his worldview; the significance of his art; and what we–and
future generations–can and should, learn from it.
Born to Holocaust Survivors in a
displaced persons camp in Germany, Dr. Fogelman lived in Israel before her family emigrated to the United States in 1959. She holds a doctorate in social and personality psychology from the CUNY
Graduate Center and did her post-graduate training in family therapy and psychoanalytic psycho-therapy at the Boston University School of Medicine.
The Center for Contemporary Political Art (CCPArt), the
United States’ only nonprofit arts institution dedicated exclusively to showing political art, is currently hosting a ground-breaking three-month retrospective exhibition of Boris Lurie’s political
This event is free and open to the
public, but seating is limited, so please RSVP.
Boris Lurie in American: He Had the Courage to Say NO!
view from January 26 through April 26, 2020.
Wednesdays 11am-6pm, Thursdays from 11am-8pm, and Friday - Sunday from 11am-6pm.
Center for Contemporary Political Art
916 G Street NW, Washington, DC
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
by exhibition curators Inga Lāce and Solvita Krese
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.
BORIS LURIE & MARK ROTHKO
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
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
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
The Art of Boris
06 September to 30 October
Kyiv National Art Gallery, Shokoladnyi Budynok Art
6, Mykhaila Hrushevskoho
Altered Man is an important metaphor of the twentieth as well as the twenty-first centuries; of history
and politics that try to erase and deface the individual. Boris Lurie (1924-2008), Soviet-born American non-conformist artist and writer, founder of the NO!art movement was one of the first to raise
questions that had long been in the air: the disappearance of individuality, the entropy of personality – and thus of reality.
Boris Lurie’s art is deeply intertwined with the Holocaust. His Altered Man exhibit is a
conversation about the end of metaphysics, which is “impossible after Auschwitz.” Lurie, a survivor of four concentration camps, believed that the only moral path in the context of the “total
concentration camp” of modern reality is rebellion, and chose scathing criticism as his mode of expression. The vision of the world as both a concentration camp in which people ruthlessly destroy one
another, and of the world as a brothel, in which people, particularly women, are objectified—this was the touchstone and the thread that runs through Lurie’s art.
Altered Man is a precise diagnosis of its time. The works presented in the exhibition can be seen as a
Dadaistic gesture of destruction. The hated object or character is transformed and effaced. Evil in all its guises is neutralized by erasing it and removing it from the historical record.
Lurie’s art rebels against bourgeois values, be they moral, aesthetic or institutional, and instead stakes out a position of civic and personal liberty and independent
expression. This is precisely why the current exhibition of Altered Man in Ukraine is a notable sign of the openness of
contemporary Ukrainian society.
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
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.
© Boris Lurie Art Foundation. Text © MOCAK
AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART HAVANA
October 6, 2017
- January 7, 2018
Exhibition catalog availabl
BORIS LURIE DER HOLOCAUST UND DAS PROBLEM DER VISUELLEN REPRÄSENTATION THE HOLOCAUST AND THE PROBLEM OF THE VISUAL REPRESENTATION von/from Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Peter Weibel Dienstag, 23. Mai 2017, 19 Uhr Tuesday, May 23, 7.00 pm im Neues Museum
BORIS LURIE. ANTI-POP Exhibition view Neues Museum Nuremberg. March - June 2017