Past Exhibition

Boris Lurie


Paintings, collage and sculpture by Boris Lurie (1924-2008), co-founder of the NO!art movement. In collaboration with Boris Lurie Art Foundation

Curated by James Cavello

New York, NY – Westwood Gallery NYC in collaboration with Boris Lurie Art Foundation presents an exhibition of paintings, collage and sculpture by Boris Lurie (1924-2008), co-founder of the NO!art movement. In 2010 the gallery exhibited Boris’ early work, the first solo exhibition after the artist’s death. The current exhibition comprises a curated selection by James Cavello of over 60 works of art from the 1950s to 1970’s.

Each decade of Boris Lurie’s life as an artist represented hard-hitting expression and a creative cathartic journey. After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, including four different concentration camps from 1941-45 as well as the murder of his mother, sister and grandmother, Boris and his father immigrated to New York City in 1946. The 22 year-old Boris immersed himself in his art and became a disruptor of norms.

Boris’ early 1950’s paintings on dark backgrounds are reminiscent of German Expressionism with disproportionate, sometimes deformed fading images of women. On exhibit are four large paintings with groupings of two and three women. The female image was symbolic of life, family, death, sexuality and objectification. Boris’ 1960’s collages using pin-ups from ‘girlie’ magazines were startlingly incorporated into Holocaust photographs. The shock of the combination of images stemmed from Boris’ malevolence and art purge of crimes against humanity.

As his frustration with the art world grew due to the focus on Abstract Expressionists and later Pop art, Boris co-founded the underground NO!art movement in 1959 with fellow artists Sam Goodman (1919-1967) and Stanley Fisher (1926-1980). In the exhibition are paintings and collage reflecting the anti-establishment attitude and Boris’ free form expression without commercial motivation. They encompass the artist’s views on politics, society, art, personal experiences and visceral expression. At the time, NO!art was largely rejected by art critics, museums and collectors, until the artists and artwork of NO!art became more understood in the historical context.

Also included in the exhibition are a series of 1963 collages fixated on altered images of the establishment male in a tie with faces painted over (‘Cabot Lodge’), as well as 1970’s assemblages, such as the Star of David in hand-formed cement attached to rope, cement lettered NO!art bras, corset and a set of painted Israeli flags. All are symbolic of Boris’ intrinsic language. The assemblage sculptures allowed him to form media using his hands, but never to capitulate to art market sculptural commerce.

Boris Lurie’s work will also be on view in the exhibition, Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York, 1952-1965 at Grey Art Gallery, NYU, January 10- April 1, 2017. Boris’ artwork has been exhibited recently at Jewish Museum New York, Jewish Museum Berlin, Janco Dada Museum Israel, as well as galleries and museums in France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Washington DC, Indiana, Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with essay by Robert C. Morgan.

The Boris Lurie Art Foundation is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the artwork of Boris Lurie and NO!art artists.

Images © 2016 Boris Lurie Art Foundation

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017 - Boris Lurie. Adieu Amérique, CAMERA- Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Italy

  • 2017 - BORIS LURIE in Habana, Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana Cuba


  • 2017 - Boris Lurie. Anti-Pop, Neues Museum Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design Nürnberg, Germany

  • 2016 - No Compromises! The Art of Boris Lurie , Jewish Museum Berlin

  • 2015 - Boris Lurie NO!art, Galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris, France

  • 2015 - Unorthodox, Jewish Museum, New York NY

  • 2014 - KZ – KAMPF – KUNST. Boris Lurie: NO!art NS-Dokumentationszentrum der Stadt Köln, Germany

  • 2013 - Boris Lurie, The 1940s, Paintings and Drawings , Studio House, New York NY

  • 2012 - Boris Lurie: NO!art of the 1960s , Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, Firenze, Italia

  • 2011 - BORIS LURIE: NO!art, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA

  • 2011 - NO! The Art of Boris Lurie at Chelsea Art Museum , Chelsea Art Museum, NYC

  • 2011 - NO!art of Boris Lurie, Zverev Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia

  • 2010 - NO!art | An Exhibition of Early Work , Westwood Gallery, NYC

  • 2004 - Optimistic – Disease – Facility, Boris Lurie Buchenwald, New York, with Naomi T. Salmon — Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin-Schoeneberg

  • 1999 - Knives in Cement and Other Constructions, South River Gallery (UIMA), Iowa City

  • 1995 - Dance Hall Series endart Gallery, Berlin, endart Gallery, Berlin

  • 1995 - Boris Lurie und NO!art , Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin

  • 1988 - Feel-Paintings, Gallery and Edition Hundertmark, Cologne

  • 1975 - Recycling Exhibiton, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

  • 1974 - NO!art Bags , Galerie und Edition Hundertmark, Köln

  • 1974 - Boris Lurie at Inge Baecker , Inge Baecker Galerie, Bochum, Germany

  • 1970 - Art & Politics , Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 1964 - NO & ANTI-POP Poster Show, Gallery Gertrude Stein, New York

  • 1963 - Boris Lurie at Gallery Gertrude Stein , — Gallery Gertrude Stein, New York

  • 1961 - Pinup Multiplications , D’Arcy Galleries, New York

  • 1960 - Boris Lurie, Joe Marino's Atelier, New York

  • 1960 - Vulgar Show , March Gallery, New York; Joe Marino’s Atelier, New York

  • 1960 - Les Lions, March Gallery, New York

  • 1960 - Adieu Amerique , Roland de Aenlle Gallery, New York

  • 1958 - Black Figures , March Gallery, New York

  • 1951 - Dismembered Figures , Barbizon Plaza Galleries, New York

  • 1950 - Boris Lurie 1, Creative Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions

  • - Outlaw Art Show, Clayton Gallery, New York

  • 2014 - Dessinez Eros , Galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris, France

  • 2013 - NO!art: The Three Prophets , The BOX, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2013 - Art Against Art: Yesterday and Today , Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow

  • 2013 - Charles Krause/ Reporting Fine Art, (e)merge art fair, Washington, DC

  • 2012 - A Self To Recover: Embodying Sylvia Plath's Ariel – Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN, Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, IN

  • 2011 - NO!art at the Barricades, Chelsea Art Museum, NYC

  • 2009 - On the Tectonics of History, ISCP, New York

  • 2005 - The '80s , Clayton Gallery & Outlaw Art Museum, New York

  • 2004 - Feel Paintings / NO!art show #4, Janos Gat Gallery, New York

  • 2002 - NO!art and the Aesthetics of Doom , Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA

  • 2001 - NO!art and the Aesthetics of Doom , Block Museum, Evanston, IL

  • 1999 - Life - Terror - Mind : Buchenwald Concentration Camp: Portraits of Intellectuals and Artists, Buchenwald Memorial, Weimar

  • 1998 - NO!art Show #3 with Dietmar Kirves, Clayton Patterson & Wolf Vostell , Janos Gat Gallery, New York

  • 1995 - Holocaust In Latvia , Jewish Culture House, Riga

  • 1995 - NO!art , Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin

  • 1994 - NO!art (with Isser Aronovici & Aldo Tambellini), Clayton Gallery, New York

  • 1989 - Graffiti-Art, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, West Germany

  • 1978 - Counterculturale Art (with Erro and Jean-Jacques Lebel) , American Information Service, Paris

  • 1974 - NO!art with Sam Goodman & Marcel Janco , Ein-Hod-Museum, Ein-Hod,Israel

  • 1974 - Boris Lurie & Wolf Vostell , Galerie Rewelsky, Köln

  • 1973 - NO!art Painting Seit 1959 , Galerie Ren é Block, Berlin; Galleria Giancarlo Bocchi, Milano

  • 1964 - Boxes, Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles

  • 1963 - Sam Goodman & Boris Lurie, Galleria Arturo Schwarz, Milano

  • 1963 - NO!show, Gallery Gertrude Stein, New York

  • 1962 - Doom Show, Galleria La Salita, Roma

  • 1961 - Doom Show #1, March Gallery, New York

  • 1961 - Involvement Show , March Gallery, New York

  • 1960 - Tenth Street New York Cooperative , Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

  • 1959 - 10th Street, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

  • Weimar-Buchenwald Memorial, Weimar

  • D’Arcy Galleries, New York