Curated by James Cavello
New York, NY – Westwood Gallery, NYC in collaboration with Boris Lurie Art Foundation presented an exhibition of paintings, drawings, collage and sculpture by Boris Lurie (1924-2008), co-founder of the NO!art movement. The exhibition of 45 works of art was from a private collection spanning 1946 through 1989 and is was the first New York exhibition since the artist's death.
Many of the drawings indicate Lurie's fascination with the female archetype, based on relationships with women throughout his life. The collages with 'pin-ups' reflect the paper constructions Lurie created over the decades utilizing pages from 'girlie magazines', an alluring objectification, which encompassed much of his work. The artist was also known for his startling images of pin-ups incorporated into Holocaust photographs, as well as sculptural work with clothing scraps. Lurie also created 'feel paintings' using his elbows, hands and fingers to scratch into a surface with paint underneath -- a hypnotic method which resulted in stunning cryptic paintings.
The exhibition was in collaboration with Boris Lurie Art Foundation. The Boris Lurie Art Foundation is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting the artwork of Boris Lurie and NO!art artists.
In 1946, after surviving the Holocaust, Lurie moved to New York City where he became a part of the underground art scene through a movement he co-founded with Sam Goodman (1919-1967) and Stanley Fisher (1926-1980). The NO!art movement was a form of free expression, without commercial motivation, encompassing the artists' 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 and accepted in the art world. In 1970 Lurie wrote a statement for an exhibition in Germany, "The time for Yes-art is not at all at hand. Who knows? Maybe NO!art's time is yet to come."
Lurie's artwork has been exhibited at Weimar-Buchenwald Memorial, Germany, Block Museum of Art Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA and other museums and galleries in the U.S., Germany, Latvia and Israel. Two film documentaries were completed on Boris Lurie, NO!art Man by Amikam Goldman, 2002 and Shoah and Pin-Ups: The NO!-Artist Boris Lurie, 2007. Both films explore the life and creations of the artist.