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PLOT: This is a documentation on Boris Lurie's Last Will when he was in full consciousness [12/28/2005]. He gave us this Last Will for installing the "Stuetzpunkt Foundation" [1/27/2005]. After this manifestation his health go down and his so-called "friends" brought him to the hospital [Jan 2005]. From then on Gertrude Stein [named Hospital Cerberus] changed Boris' Last will during 3 year permanent visits with him. Boris Lurie died on January 9, 2008.

Boris Lurie portrait, Foto: Clayton Patterson
Boris Lurie in his apartement at 66 Str. on April 3rd, 2005
Photo: Clayton Patterson

[FAX] From: Boris Lurie
Date: Jan. 27th, 2005 at 02:06 pm

COMMENT: This version was negotiated by Matthias Reichelt and Boris Lurie. That is why Matthias Reichelt is one of the precidency. Boris affirmed this with some corrections. --- Now Gertrude Stein changed it and forgot all Boris' friends and co-workers. Now she is the cerberus on the money undertaken from Boris [$80 million]. So the kiss-asses forgot the social art production. The art historians deal better with money makers. See Rembrandt's THE NIGHT WATCH.

Founder: Boris Lurie
Presidency: Rudij Bergmann, Matthias Reichelt
Economic Supervisor: to be determined
Seat of Foundation: Liechtenstein
Seat of Management:
place of residence of the executive president

Advisory Committee:
Dietmar Kirves, Gertrude Stein, Charly Rehwinkel
in Association with

Aleksey Dayen, Curt Germundson, Amikam Goldman, Rudolf Herz,
Eckhart Holzboog, Armin Hundertmark, Dr. Volkhard Knigge,
Beatrice Lecornu-Hamilton, Max Liljefors, Estera Milman
Clayton Patterson, Rainer Rumold, Naomi T. Salmon,
Arturo Schwartz, Inga Schwede, Klaus Theuerkauf
and Sibylle Wittmann

Should a member of the advisory committee distinguish himself in support of NO!art, a member of the presidency has the right to request the individual to make himself available as a candidate as a third member of the presidency. A two-third majority of the advisory committee and the presidency is necessary for the member to be elected as a third member of the presidency as well as the advisory committee.

The decision making process will have to be in written form through mail, email or fax. Personal meetings of the advisors for which the foundation pays honoraria, lodging, food expenses are regrettably impossible.

The Economic Supervisor still has to be found and determined. All decisions with respect to foundation’s estate have to be approved by him as well by at least one member of the presidency. The Economic supervisor can make proposals and has to convince at least one member of the presidency in order implementation.. When the presidency considers buying or selling works of art, or ponders general economic questions they should consult also with the art dealers Armin Hundertmark, Gertrude Stein, Arturo Schwartz as well as the publisher Eckhart Holzboog and Rene Frank, Gianpaolo Bonafomi, Dr. Jo Camponovo and consider their advise in the decision making process.

When historical and current strategic issues are at stake, Dietmar Kirves, Gertrude Stein and Charly Rehwinkel should be consulted.

The founder Boris Lurie will direct the foundation and decide on its policy and activities during his lifetime. He is required to inform the presidency about his decisions. The presidency has to execute Mr. Lurie’s decisions. Boris Lurie has the right to dissolve the foundation at any point, to dismiss the presidency, the executive president and the advisory committee or single members of either group.

Should a member of the presidency resign, the advisory committee and the remaining member(s) of the presidency will have to find and elect a successor from inside or outside the foundation. A two-third majority is required for election to the presidency.

Salaries, Honoraria:
All members working on behalf of the foundation will receive a modest honorarium as well as reimbursements of travel expenses, food and lodging if necessary based on their individual contribution and efforts.

The executive president who conducts the day to day activity out of his apartment is entitled to receive a salary of modest proportions as approved by Mr. Lurie and the presidency. The salary can be changed through a two-third majority of the advisory plus the presidency.

The Stuetzpunkt Foundation Missions

1. The foundation is cultural and political. The foundation is allowed to interfere in cultural and social affairs.

2. In some instances the foundation can support left-wing radical projects in literature and film.

3. Absolutely no support may be given to careerists solely in pursuit of art world recognition. The support and initiation of revolutionary art and revolutionary culture is at the core of the foundations mission. (This core mission does not exclude the possibility of support for the work of particularly gifted artists in rare individual cases although these works are not deemed radical or revolutionary.)

4. No activities against the state of Israel in its current state is permissible.

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Gertrude Stein's later version:

The Mission of the Boris Lurie Art Foundation is dedicated to reflect the life, work and aspirations of the Founder and to preserve and promote the NO!art movement with its focus on the social visionary in art and culture.

As its first priority the Foundation will undertake to develop and archive an inventory of the massive body of work product produced by Boris Lurie as well as the works of other NO!art artists which are under its control. It will then begin the task of carrying out the restoration of the artworks and develop a plan for bringing it before the public and institutions of learning. Public exhibitions and private shows are to be scheduled and held in selected venues throughout the world.

The Foundation will annually contribute funds in support of projects and undertakings that fall within the scope of the Foundation’s purposes and are in the spirit of Mr Lurie’s bequest. It is therefore anticipated that the projects, programs and activities supported by Foundation grants will include the following:

The development of a program of exhibitions and showings of the art work of Boris Lurie and the NO!art artists;

The funding and support of unrecognized artists from all over the world and the sponsorship of internship programs in collaboration with selected institutions, universities and institutes;

The acquisition, on a selected basis, of additional works of art compatible with the purposes of the Foundation;

The sponsorship of, and support for, such social action programs and projects as the Directors deem worthy of the Foundation’s support.

Through this range of activity the Boris Lurie Foundation believes it will make a material contribution to the artistic, social and educational life of the community. ---Gertrude Stein, Director

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Boris Lurie's Last Will

Boris Lurie, Last Will 2005Last Will
Dated: December 28, 2005
Richard Nadelman
880 Third Avenue
13th Floor
New York, NY 10022
08 FEB 19 PM 3:50

I, BORIS LURIE, residing at 48 East 66th Street, in the City, County and State of New York, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my Last Will & Testament, and do hereby revoke any and all Wills, Codicils and other testamentary dispositions heretofore made by me.

FIRST: I direct my executors, hereinafter named, to pay all of my just debts, funeral and administrative expenses and estate taxes from my residuary estate.

SECOND: I give the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, whether real, personal or mixed and wherever situate including my literary works and works of art (both finished and unfinished) to "Stuetzpunkt Stiftung," a foundation incorporated under the laws of Liechtenstein, c/o Dr. Geo Camponovo, Corso San Gottardo 32, 6830 Chiasso, Switzerland. From the funds herein bequeathed to said Foundation, and to the extent permitted by the laws governing the said Foundation, the directors thereof shall remit a monthly payment in an amount to be determined in their sole discretion, but not to exceed $400 per month, to ELIZABETH GOODMAN, the widow of my late friend, Samuel Goodman, residing at 81 Perry Street, New York, New York as long as she shall live, it being my intention that she shall receive $400 per month whenever possible. Pending the final distribution and winding up of my estate, my executors are hereby requested to remit said payments until the Foundation is operative, provided that sufficient funds are available for such purpose.

THIRD: In the event that the aforesaid Foundation, Stuetzpunkt Stiftung, is not operative and is not in receipt of at least some funds and/or properties from my New York executors within one (1) year of the qualification of my executors, I give the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to those individuals and/or organizations (but excluding all of the major Jewish charitable or mainstream political organizations) who or which, in the sole discretion of my executors, exclusively and only grant assistance of aiiy kind to Jewish settlers in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, if resettled, provided, however, that such assistance shall be extended to settlements established solely for religious or nationalistic purposes and not those established by settlers for economic gain or tax advantage, If no individuals or organizations can be found to satisfactorily fulfill the conditions of this paragraph during the one-year period immediately following the one-year period hereinabove referred to, my executors are authorized to distribute my residuary estate directly to such new settlements as have been founded before or after my dealh or are then under consideration to be founded, and in such amounts and proportions as in their sole discretion they deem appropriate.

FOURTH: Under absolutely no circumstances shall any of my relatives who may survive me receive any portion of my estate.

FIFTH: I direct my executors hereunder to retain the legal services of my attorney, PJCHARD NADELMAN, 880 Third Avenue, New York, New York, in connection with the proceedings and the administration of my estate. If my said attorney cannot serve, I direct my executors to retain the services of an attorney to be designated by him. If they do not agree with his designee, my executors may retain an attorney of their own choice, should they require one.

SIXTH: I further direct my executors to retain the services of those individuals who, at the time of my death, shall be serving as the directors of Stuetzpunkt Stiftung to assemble, catalog and store the art, the NoIArt and the literary materials of my own creation as well as my collection of art, NoIArt and literary works of others in New York pending the shipment which they are to undertake of said artworks and materials to the Stuetzpunkl Stiftung, which shall be stored, utilized and/or exhibited at the discretion of the directors thereof, but not contrary to the purposes of the foundation as provided in Article SECOND hereinabove. My executors are directed to pay for the travel and lodging expenses of said individuals from the funds of the estate in furtherance of the purposes of this article. Said lodging may be, but need not be, at my apartment at 239 East 77th Street, New York, NY or either of my studios. In addition, said individuals are to be reasonably compensated by my executors from the funds of the estate for their efforts and said compensation shall be paid both in advance and during the course of their services as well as at the conclusion thereof.

SEVENTH: I hereby nominate and designate my friend, RENE FRANK, residing at 530 Park Avenue, New York, New York, my friend DANIEL Z. RAPOPORT, having an office at 219 East 81st Street, New York, New York and my friend and attorney, RJCIIARD NADELMAN, residing at 225 Central Park West, New York, New York to be my executors hereunder. If any of the foregoing cannot serve, the others may serve as my executor or executors. If none of the foregoing are able to serve, or if the remaining executors desire the services of a substitute executor, then I hereby nominate and designate BABETTE NADELMAN, residing at 225 Central Park West, to be a co-executrix and, if necessary, to be my sole executrix. If she is unable to serve, then she or the aforesaid RICHARD NADELMAN are hereby authorized to designate a co-executor and an attorney who, if necessary, may serve as my sole executor and attorney.

EIGHTH: In addition to the powers enumerated under the laws of the State of New York, my executors are expressly authorized to retain any or all of the assets of my estate including but not limited to holdings of common stock and to collect rentals from my real estate holdings for a period which may exceed the statutory maximum for as long a period as they deem advantageous to the Foundation until they, after consultation with the directors thereof, deem it appropriate to liquidate or distribute same in kind to the said Foundation, it being my preference that distribution to the Foundation shall occur at the earliest practicable time. If, however, the directors of the Foundation request a distribution, my executors shall comply therewith but in such event my executors shall be discharged from any liability for making such distribution. I further direct my executors in their discretion to pay counsel fees, accountant fees, and executors' commissions (without prior Court approval) in periodic installments during the course of the administration of my estate rather than at the end thereof, my purpose being to encourage them to refrain from liquidating my holdings summarily should the market for same be unfavorable. Commissions shall be payable on all of the assets of my gross estate whether or not such assets are commissionable by statute, specifically excepting, however, my art and literary works even if they have an ascertainable value and whether or.not it is legal or customary to receive commissions thereupon.

NINTH: No person who shall serve as an executor hereunder shall be required to furnish any bond or security for the faithful performance of his duties.

TENTH: I wish my body to be buried in accordance with Jewish ritual in the Haifa, Israel cemetery and, if possible, next to or near the grave of my father.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this 28th day of December, 2005.

signature: BORIS LURIE

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the testator, BORIS LURIE, to be his Last Will & Testament, in our presence, and we, at his request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, this 28th day of December, 2005.

signature: Andrea Valentin Residing at 85 Williams Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701

signature: Aleksey Dayen Residing at 48 E 66 St # IR, New York, NY 10021

Affidavit of Subscribing witness

ss: Andrea Valentin and Aleksey Dayen

being severally sworn,
state under oath that we witnessed the execution of the Will of


the within named Testator, on December 28, 2005; the Testator, in our presence, subscribed the Will at the end thereof and at the time of making the .subscription declared the instrument to be the Testator's Last Will and Testament; at the request of the Testator and in the Testator's sight and presence and in the sight and presence of each other, we witnessed the execution of the Will by the Testator by subscribing our names as witnesses to it; and the Testator at the time of the execution of the Will, was over the age of 18 years and appeared to be of sound mind and memory and was in all respects competent to make a Will and was not under any restraint.

Said Will was executed as a single, original instrument and was not executed in counterparts. Each of the undersigned witnesses was acquainted with said Testator at such time, and makes this affidavit at his request. At the time of making such subscription, said Testator could read, write and converse in the English language and was not suffering from any defect of sight, hearing or speech or any other physical or mental impairment which would affect his ability to make a valid Will.

The subscribing witnesses further state that this affidavit was executed at the request of the Testator and, at the time of the execution of this affidavit, the original Will, above described, was exhibited to us and we identified it as such Will by our signatures appearing on it as subscribing witnesses.

The subscribing witnesses further state the Will was executed under the supervision of RICHARD NADELMAN, attorney for the Testator, at 48 East 66th Street, New York, NY 10021, said address being the residence of the Testator.

Severally subscribed and sworn
to before me on
December 28, 2005

Signature: Richard Nadelman

Notary Public, State of New York
No. 31-8092350
Qualified in New York County
Commission Expires June 30, 2006

Signature: Andrea Valentin
Print Name: Andrea Valentin
Address: 85 Williams Avenue
Amityville, NY 11701

Signature: Aleksey Dayen
Print Name: Aleksey Dayen
Address: 48 E 66 St. # IR
New York, NY 10021

see the document

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Reports about Boris Lurie's health
after manifestation his Last Will
From November 24, 2004 onwards

On Nov 24, 2004 at 17:52 Gertrude Stein wrote: I speak to his nursing station and he will be transferred today and so will have a telephone. He is doing very very well according to the nurse.

On Dec 15, 2004 at 08:42 Matthias Reichelt wrote: Dear friends of Boris, Boris will apparently be released from hospital on dec. 16, what is tomorrow. There is now way that he can return in his appartment right now, since wonderful Kim (who earns all our support and thousand thanks!!!) did a great job and prepared the sleeping room as well as part of the half kitchen half office for construction work which defenitely have to be done before Boris can return. So the question is, where he will stay. Rene Frank, one of Boris close friends lives just around the corner at Park Ave and 63rd street would give him commodation, but Rene Frank will be out of the country. So Boris would stay alone. Beatrice Lecornu-Hamilton just emailed me, that she is very worried about this idea and would feel better to see Boris with company somewher probably in a recreation unit? I also thought of asking Charles Rehwinkel to drive Boris upstate to Rocco's place where he will have clean air to breathe, beautiful nature for some walks in the woods. What do you think about it. Here is the passage, I got fom Beatrice: "Béatrice does worry about Boris being all alone in the apartment of René Frank as he is weak and not disciplined. We think he should go to a professional care unit where professionals would be taking care of him, and not sitting all alone in an apartment since René will NOT be there at all! We are really worried this time! He is so lucky to have so many people caring about him, but he is now all alone!" In case you have an idea, you should get in touch with Kim!

On Dec 15, 2004 at 13:43 Clayton Patterson wrote: I would agree with the professional help. One the one hand Boris is still 80 years old and in need of some serious recuperation time. He is very weak, is taking diuretics, which like an enema, when it is time, the time is now- immediately. It is unwise and unsafe to leave him alone for hours on end.

On the other hand it is Boris and we all see him as rough, ready, a survivor, a man that can do anything. What is the real reality of the situation?

The other dilemma is who will pay? Like at the beginning of all of this. It was my opinion that if one pays right away, spends the money out of pocket, the apartment could have been fixed up already. If one goes through the landlord, it will take weeks, could entangle one in extensive complications and you have no or little control over the workers and the job. You pay for the job, then it is is your job. For me I would rather have it be my job and I am in control. You then withhold the cost of repairs out of rent. Document the place before hand, be honest in your repairs and you will be OK.

Good luck with finishing the apartment. How long will that take? Could be months. Has the work started yet? Ceiling torn down, new sheet rock in place, painted? Window fixed? Wall fixed up and pointed and so on. I know that the place has been tidied up, so workers can get in. Kim has been extraordinary with assisting in this area. Has the repairs started yet?

Is it possible to have visiting nurses, and for sure he will need home care, visit different locations. Home care is a bureaucracy and usually takes a number of workers before one finds a person that they trust and are compatible with. If Boris starts off with someone like the 7 foot black woman, he will freak. He dislikes exercise, and has a tendency of delving into his bad habits like smoking. If he was in my care I would have gone completely ballistic over the cannolies, other rich Italian pastries, and smoking before his quadruple by-pass operation.

He should be close to an excellent hospital and his doctors. Woodstock has neither. Beth Israel is the best hospital for Boris in case of emergency. He doctors, charts, and medical information is at Beth Israel.

So we are looking at realistic repair time of apartment. Compensation of some sort for accommodations as there will be food, care, time, inconvenience, washing, cleaning, some nurses duties, telephone bills, and so on. Will Boris stop with the poverty thing and actually pay for maintenance? Probably not. Could be a several weeks of recuperation. We need to be realistic and sensible about getting Boris back to health.

 On Dec 18, 2004 at 11:50 Matthias Reichelt wrote: Dear friends this is the message I got from kim. boris will be in hospital longer than expected. so, please continue to talk to him on the phone.

Kim wrote on friday at 4.22 (European time): Dear Matthias, now boris is not to be released until monday 12/20 or even tues 12/21. i will see him most every day but am open to what ever HE wants. Think he is tired of being told what to do and when. between gertrude, aleksey's wife (a vegetarian) myself and hopefully some others he should be ok @ rene's. Construction goes well @ at his place. but still much to do. will let you know as soon as he has cell activated. love to all of his supporters, kim

reinhild asked me to send to everyone of you her best wishes. take care all of you and let's hope that boris will feel better soon to return to his regular life.

 On Dec 21, 2004 at 13:29 Matthias Reichelt wrote: Dear friends of Boris, I just talked to Boris and got the wonderful message that Kim and Aleksej are around and going to leave the hospital with Boris. They will bring Boris to Rene Frank's appartment. In approximately 3 hours Boris could be reached under the following cell phone number: 646-319-6473 before this number you only have to dial the country code. Of course it would be to expensive to talk to Boris on the cell phone, but this is only to tell him that you await his call, since then he will call back. It is impossible to call Rene Frank's phone number since there is a answering machine storing business messages so he asked Boris not to be called by friends under this number, but Boris will be able to call you with the regular phone. Boris will be glad to call you and of course he is very happy now finally to leave the hospital which almost seemed to be a prison for him. Let's hope that he is keeping up his non smoker status and that he is staying away from fat food and is practicing to walk and breathe the regular way as he is supposed to do so. So please feel responsible to push him the right way! Let us thank thousand times Kim Kuzmenko who did and still does an excellent job. Also thanks a lot to all friends who do extremely good work in supporting Boris like Clayton, Aleksej, Gertrude Stein, Charly Rehwinkel! All the best to you! In case there won't be a next message this year I wish anybody mentioned in this newsletter as well as on the mailing list nice days and all the best for a hopefully peacful 2005.

 On Dec 21, 2004 at 21:29 Clayton Patterson wrote: Uncle Boris in his new luxurious deep pile expensive house coat that Kim bought him. He is reading the card for the show.

 On Jan 3, 2005 at 17:30 Clayton Patterson wrote: I had an interesting Boriseque visit yesterday. I called Boris and we agreed that it would be nice if I came by for a visit. We agree that I can be there in an hour and a half. I endure the slow holiday train service. I get to the 5th Ave. expensive apartment building. The doorman lets me in, the elevator man lets me off on the 17th floor, and I ring the bell.

I ring the bell and I ring the bell, and I ring the bell, and I ring the bell, and I ring the bell. I hear some kind of noise inside- television or whatever.

I get the elevator, go back downstairs and I ask the doorman to direct me to a payphone as I do not have an annoying cell phone. On the expensive upper east there are few pay phones. So I walk the block and a half to find a pay phone. Luckily I have 8 quarters. I make the phone call, and let the ring until it maxis out when Kim's voice comes on the machine with the Boris message. I use up all my quarters.

What to do? Get angry and go home? Or think that this is an 80 year old man who just got out of the hospital and may be in trouble. I go back to the apartment. The doorman is not sure what to do. The doorman tries ringing the apartment. I explain the difficulty, but the doorman has no key.

It is the day after new years and the super is off. The doorman gets a replacement worker for the door, he has to go hunting for a key. 20 minutes later he returns. We have a key! Finally.

What are we going to find in the apartment? Boris on the floor? Lying in the tub? No way. There is Boris, what looks like a 1/4 of a block away, sitting by the Tiffany lamp bathing in the lap of luxury. I thank the doorman and he leaves. Boris says why didn't you call or ring the bell. I did Boris. You didn't he says. We fight for 20 minutes and all is well.

He looks fine. We spoke of many things for a couple of hours. I made some video recordings, got a little history, took a few photographs, and battled about art.

Finally after all these years we compromised on a couple of art issues- hard to believe. Boris looked great.

 On Jan 27, 2005 at 13:52 Matthias Reichelt sent pictures:

Boris Lurie at hospitalBoris Lurie at Park Avenue
Boris at hospital on Dec 21, 2004 | Boris read Clayton's catalog on Jan 27, 2005

Boris at his cellphoneBoris sleeping
Boris at his cellphone on Jan 27, 2005 | Boris sleeping on Jan 27, 2005

 On Jan 31, 2005 at 12:05 Matthias Reichelt wrote: last week i returned home from a one week visit in new york. boris is still at rene frank's appartment at park avenue. his health siutation has not gotten better. he is weak and has severe problems with breathing and has to go back to hospital soon. since he does not want to return to beth israel he has to chose another hospital. with aleksey's help he succeeded to get his file from beth israel. with this file he can now be transferred through his doctor to another hospital, eventually the new york presbyterian hospital at 68th street. you still can reach boris under his cell phone number (001) 6463196473. In case you call from germany use the the cehap call by call number 01058 (mostly under 2 cent per minute!). get in touch in boris he will appreciate it.

 On Feb 12, 2005 at 19:31 Aleksey Dayen wrote: lurie's # in the hospital is 212-585-7612. he's doing ok. surgery (pacemaker) scheduled for Monday

 On Feb 19, 2005 at 02:32 Gertrude Stein wrote: Boris is back at Rene's house, and feeling much better.

 On Mar 14, 2005 at 20:27 Dietmar Kirves wrote: hi clayton, the katz essay is in the NO!art archive. see:
do you have any news from Boris?

 On Mar 15, 2005 at 11:23 Clayton Patterson wrote: No I have not spoken to Boris in a few weeks. He pissed me off. He is healthy enough to keep gong so I am taking a break. The genesis of the fight is that he had promised me a Dance Hall Series, since the NGBK show, and that he said I owed him $50.00 since our trip to Germany, which was several yeas ago.

After all that I had done for him his thank you is to rip me off on some prints, which he has a lot of, never sold, , and bring up $50.00 that, if I owe him, he has never mentioned in the past.

Boris's sickness of money and hoarding, gets a little boring. I just hung the telephone, up on him. Slamming down the phone is a sound, that Boris, deaf as he is, can surely hear. It makes him crazy. So I thought that he could stew for a few weeks in his own hostility. thanks for putting up the Boris.

 On Mar 21, 2005 at 16:11 Matthias Reichelt wrote: dear friends of boris, i am glad to inform you that boris is back in his appartment and can be reached under his regular number that is 001-212-7446306 hope everyone of you is fine.

 On Apr 6, 2005 at 18:55 Clayton Patterson wrote: Went to see Boris the other day. He is getting better. He can walk by himself. His back is a little arthritic so the lower back hurts when he walks. He sounds good. We argued about everything, and all had a good time. His mind is sharp, a little forgetful, but all gears are working.

 On Nov 23, 2005 at 3:41 Matthias Reichelt wrote: i've got alarming news from gertrude stein, whose report was confirmed now by aleksey dayen. boris did stop to take his medication several weeks ago. part of is is apperently a medicine for hemodilution. when he told me this i tried to convince him to take his necesssery medication which allows him to survive but without any success. although he did start again to take his medication it was apparently too late. now he is lying in bed not able to walk at all. some doctors aleksey brought to him, assume that boris had a minor stroke. boris sounds o.k. on the phone (he now has a phone beside the bed!) but he cannot move his legs. if this is a trombose or the result of the stroke? who knows. at any case we should try to convince him to undergo medical examination in a hospital. dr. rosenfeld, his long term physician is pretty upset since boris missed four dates without showing up. we should talk to boris and to make clear to him that he is really facing a very serious and dangerous situation. his number is 001-212-7446306

 On Nov 23, 2005, at 11:30 Clayton Patterson wrote: Thank you Matthias- I have not seen or spoken to Boris much lately. He has, for the most part, severed his ties to the movement. This I find very un-Boris like, and truly a sad situation. I cannot imagine, him deserting his positions. Unimaginable. It seems that he found peace in the in the spirited partying with Alexey. Maybe there is great joy in Russian Poetry. Boris is certainly a published poet. Not sure that Boris drinks so much. Maybe there is a tribal dance going on? How a warrior goes out to sea? Not sure, but I know we all wish him the best. Maybe the art is in the NO!.

 On Nov 23, 2005 at 14:56 Clayton Patterson wrote: Dietmar- Boris is very sick. I just spoke to Gertrude. She is talking the same story: I am going to get and pay for a homecare worker- this is not going to happen. And we have Alexsey there all the time and he is a drop dead drunk- who just went through his 3rd wife, and is a total drunk at age 32. What to do? It seems all roads are blocked.

 On Nov 23, 2005 at 20:00 Kim Kuzmenko wrote: Aside from the emails from Matthias I received a call from Gertrude today. My sister is in town and saw Boris on Sunday. No Dr. had been. She was told that Gertrude was to have one make a visit. Aleksey is now Boris' "keeper", has lied to Gertrude about already bring a doctor to see him blah blah.......

I told Gertrude that I would follow her lead as last time I tried an intervention it (to say the least) did not go so well. I will do whatever is necessary without over stepping my bounds. We all know that Dayen is a lair and a drunkard. Someone needs to come to the front here. Getting ready to call Gertrude. Will be in touch.

 On Nov 23, 2005 at 20:36 Clayton Patterson wrote: There is no question that Alexsey lives the poets life. He has that quintessential essence of that mystical raging, drunken, Russian poet who challenges all demons real or imaginary, in darkness and in light. Calling all who answer, to listen to his words of wisdom and despair.

Yes all of this is true. And under normal, sane, and good judgment situations it would be almost criminal to leave a defenseless man in the care of someone who is so steeped in their own tortured life. But maybe for Boris, it is his way of going raging into the night. Maybe a little Russian, drunken poetic, insanity is what Boris needs. Nice, clean, caring, and helpful people may be too big a burden for him to shoulder.

Fuck you, drop dead, eat shit and No! No! No! may be where Boris is at these days. He sounds well, strong, and angry.

 On Jan 18, 2006 at 18:57 Aleksey Dayen wrote: pics of boris taken by me two days ago

Boris Lurie #1Boris Lurie #2

 On Feb 6, 2006 at 1:34 Malesh wrote: I spoke to the floor nurse at the hospital and she told me Boris has the power of speech. The only problem seems that he only says incomprehensible things. It appears to the staff that his mind is not functioning correctly or cogently. From the description I got Boris has had a stroke (due probably to his age and tobacco use) and may be in very "Deep Water". I don't expect that we will have any more chats with the cranky, but clever Boris Lurie. So sad. Boris has been a cranky, but interesting friend since 1949. I've been involved in "Luriemania" for over a half century.I guess I will never sit with Boris on the balcony of his place in Haifa, drawing the boats in the harbor. Malesh, (Arabic - fate) ML

 On Feb 7, 2006 at 9:09 Gertrude Stein wrote: stayed at the hospital all day yesterday until the took him the Intensive Care Unit. Spoke to the nurse this morning, he is agitated and seems angry. She gave him a sedative. They say they will give him intensive tests, since he is having a serious problem with his heart.

On Feb 8, 2006 at 02:36 Kim Kuzmenko wrote: Dear Matthias, As Boris is Boris he continues to amaze. I can well imagine that he would be "agitated and seems angry" as he most likely has the words in in his head yet cannot get them out. Earlier this morning I received word from Gertrude (I had asked about the hospital situation) and she said, "the hospital and help are wonderful. Had a room overlooking the city. He is in ICU room now, but will probably be moved." He is as bullheaded as he is strong as one. I would take your own pace at getting here as you have responsibilities and he should be much improved by the time you arrive.

 On Feb 8, 2006 at 15:13 Martin Levitt wrote: Dear Matthias, Thank you for all the news concerning Boris. It is amazing how many fine people are so concerned with Boris' welfare and progress. I have even spoken to Rocco Armento (whose has no e-mail service) and he has called me for updates.I find it most wonderful to read and hear the concern of so many kind people. I know when I die the body will be shipped to a crematorium and forgotten about by eventide.

I must compliment all of you folks for your intelligent interest and caring. Matthias you are really a good and loyal friend as are all the others who I have been corresponding with. Boris has surrounded himself with some wonderful people.Thank you again for the news and I can only wait and hope we have some good news soon. Gertrude has certainly shown a great deal of concern and is sending the information with intelligent dispatch. I spoke with the Charge nurse on his floor by telephone and she sounded very concerned and on top of events. He is in good hands. appreciatively, Martin

 On Feb 8, 2006 at 15:56 Gertrude Stein wrote: spoke to the doctor five minutes ago, and he is awake and sedated. They plan no invasive tests until he is more comfortable. Not much of a consolation, but I have hope that Boris will win this battle, as he has all the others all his life.

 On Feb 8, 2006 at 18:42 Martin Levitt wrote: Dear Dietmar, I live in Vermont and simply can't afford a flight and hotel stay in New York City. I have called the nurses station in the hospital and was told he was only slightly cogent. He is incapable of taking phone calls. His friend Gertrude Stein has been to the hospital and I am confident that she could tell you anything you are interested in. Her E-mail address is "". She is far and away the best source of information about Boris now. Be well, Martin

 On Feb 8, 2006 at 23:39 Gertrude Stein wrote: I just called the hospital again, it is 5:30 AM. His vital signs are stable. I was at the hospital for hours yesterday. He was struggling trying to move, was constantly being readjusted in the bed since his struggles changed his position and would have fallen. There is a nurse there constantly, and he is being monitored. The nurses and doctors and all the people at the hospital are wonderful. He does not look good - he cannot cough and send up phlemn so they are doing it via machines. After a while, his friend Rehwinkel arrived and that was a blessing, seeing Boris this way is heartbreaking. Cannot sleep, so will keep you informed at regular intervals, as I hear from the doctors who will be on call in the morning. They make rounds around 8 and can be reached by 9 or 10.

 On Feb 11, 2006 at 04:43 Martin Levitt wrote: Saving Boris ... from his enemy ...

Dear Friends of Uncle Boris, It is just wonderful that everyone is so hopeful about Boris. Most of it sounds like pitiful and discordant whistling. I was under the impression from Boris, though he wasn't thrilled with it; he planned to have Gertrude Stein's son to be in charge of the foundation named for his sister and mother and also if he would help perpetuate the art work that Boris has done. He would also would try to keep "No!art" functioning.

It seems that Everyone is pretending that Boris will soon be at the Cedar Bar hosting a gathering of artists. If Boris survives this latest incident he will be in no shape to live alone. He will need constant care and rehabilitation. To use a common simile, "Someone has to step up to the plate as a pinch hitter for Comrade Boris". If he had been sent to a rehab to begin with, he would be vigorous and making money and doing art work and torturing a slew of Hispanic workers.

The ideal situation would be a decent apartment with a live in, tough, middle aged, illegal Mexican woman in control.

Boris is easy to control, he is not a fighter, he is a survivor. If he survives this last gambit, it is an ideal time for him to create art and find a staff for his foundation.

I hope somebody can find someway to convince Boris that he is now as famous as Giotto and should just do art work, to help fill out his legend. Or he can continue to play Daddy Warbucks and work on his market ventures; but in a controlled environment. If he is left in charge, he is a "dead man".

Isn't there someone who will take charge?

a worried - 80 year old friend, Martin Levitt

 On Jun 13, 2006 at 4:41 Gertrude Stein wrote: Boris is at New York hospital, in better shape then when he went in. His telephone number is 212-877-0916

He was able to swallow 3 teaspoons of jello yesterday. this is real progress. Will keep working to get him therapy and get him home.

 On Jun 19, 2006 at o1:07 Dietmar Kirves wrote: Can you speak with him and did he understand what you say? Where want you to bring him home? To the 66 Str.? It will be nice when Mr. Reichelt didn't get all the informations. He makes always in that case a big alarm to all sorts of peoples like a child in the school who wants to excel at the teacher.

 On Jun 19, 2006 at 21:09 Gertrude Stein wrote: You can reach Boris at this new number at a different hospital 212-585-7718. He cannot speak but the aide will hold the receiver to his ear and you can say nice things to him. It is important that he hear familiar voices.

 On Sep 22, 2006 Anita Washam wrote: Joe, Gertrude and I spent about three hours with Boris yesterday evening and he was very engaged in conversation with Gertrude and did a lot of writing (most of which we could decipher)... I spoke with Dr. Meza this morning about three issues:

 1) Dr. Meza and Dr. Gershinghorn spent time evaluating Boris on Wednesday. Dr. Meza said Boris was given somewhat complex instructions to follow, e.g., raise your index finger on your left hand, hold up three fingers on your right hand, touch your left ear, etc., etc. He followed and understood ALL instructions. Dr. Meza it will not be necessary for Dr. Gershinghorn to see him again.

2) Boris indicated to Gertrude that he was hungry (he rubs his stomach) and we successfully got the nurse to give him some pudding (with Q-10 added), which he ate himself very quickly. Dr. Meza is going to speak to the speech therapist today and work out a plan for him to start getting pureed foods.

 3) Boris hates his mattress (the air mattress that prevents bedsores)... Dr. Meza is going to have the small remaining bedsore that Boris has checked by the nurses again and arrangements will be made if the sore is not in danger of opening or spreading, of changing to a regular mattress.

4) In general, Dr. Meza says Boris is progressing on his own and that usually about six months from the onset of the stroke is usually when progress begins to be apparent, and on that happy note, as we were leaving, Gertrude said something to Boris which he didn't hear and he said in a clear, strong, voice "WHAT!!" - - we applauded him and he almost smiled.

I'll see him later today and Dr. Meza agreed that he and I would talk again on Monday. Take care...hope all is well...

 On Oct 7, 2006 Amikam Goldman wrote: I had to attach (below) the last Emails I got from Gertrude, (plus one she forward from Dr. Gross assistant- Anita) she points on a major recovery!! I wonder what to believe? some things sounds a bit odd, but then Anita backs some of what Gertrude writes, so I am quite confused. Did you visit the hospital in the past two weeks? U should read what she writes...

I will forward you future Email I receive from her.

I was very surprised to hear you will do service in the army. It sound like you volunteered for that (?) I believe you will find it very interesting, especially in this period of time. sounds TOP-SECRET too !!!

Good Luck!

GERTRUDE'S REPORT [1]: I spent a good part of the day with Boris. These are the things I observed, and also will list the items and wishes he had. He is writing, starting to print large letters, so that I can understand his message.

Needs. he needs a heavier jacket, he is cold. Because he is so thin, he needs more protection. He would enjoy more trousers and shirts. He was able, by pointing and writing that his mattress was uncomfortable. He finally showed by example certain air pocket (4) which cause him pain. Anita (Dr. Gross' assistant) got on it immediately, and it will be changed today. He also wanted warmer blankets, he indicated he was cold. Anita got a number of blankets and remade the bed. She will also bring some smaller heavier blankets to put over his shoulders, which he seems to indicate are cold. He indicated dissatisfaction with the attendant. He indicated that she leave the room and then, in addition to gesticulating his upset, he wrote in large letters (No Good, above that he wrote secretarys, which is how he refers to his aides.

I have the written paper. He also wrote other names, such as Mr. Geist, when he meant Mr. Eis. I brought a heard covered case including paper and pens so that he can write in comfort. He was very protective of the book, and uses it.

I stayed until they came to change him for the night, and saw him tucked in. He looked very frail, and was tired. Said good night, held my hand for a long time and then allowed me to leave.

If you have any questions on the above analysis, please call at any time on my cellular.

Today, Dr. Gross through Anita arranged for a therapist to comprehend how much he understands. I will keep you informed on the results.

If you want to reach Anita, her cellular is 646-265-8873. She worked with a prestigious neurologist for a long time, and Boris likes her. He wants her to sit down and spend time, which is unusual for him. But he saw how she took action with his requests immediately, which does not happen with the regulars.

GERTRUDE'S REPORT [2]: Boris is back on the way to recovery. All the doctors agree that he is cognizant, he is starting to eat and he is writing, and making sense. We should all be grateful for his strong desire to exist.

 On Oct 8, 2006 Aleksey Dayen wrote: I hope that she's right, but Nadelman and Charles say otherwise. I did volunteer for the army intelligence (it's a well-paid job). Aldo Tambellini is visiting me know. That's about it.

 Subject: MEETING IN NY | On Nov 13, 2006 Eckhart Holzboog wrote to Amikam Goldman: good to be in touch with you. Of cause I would prefere to meet you in NY. Were are you exactly; and how is your situation in Israel? The news I here from Israel are that it is going to be more and more dangerous. I hope not for you!

Yes I'm in NY because there will be the first meeting of the 'board' in the next days with: Richard Nedelman, Charles Rehwinkel, Mathias Reichelt, Rudij Bergman, perhaps Aleksey Dayen (he is out of town at the moment) and me. I will tell the guys that we are in touch. I expect that the meeting will be over some days starting at Nov. 16th. Of cause I will inform you what is going on - and I will ask Richard to do so. I would prefere if you could paticipate.

After the situation of Boris and the question what we can do for him I first want to speak about the legal situation of the foundation "stützpunkt". Generally I do have two mayn intentions: 1. saving 2. continuation - of Boris' work. Lets see how we are able to work together. At the moment I'm sitting in the "Gallery" in E77St wit all the NO!art around me.

 Subject: MEETING IN NY | On Nov 13, 2006 Amikam Goldman wrote to Eckhart Holzboog: Good to hear from you.

I can only wish I would be in NY, but unfortunately...

I was in New York in August for 10 days, I saw Boris almost every day. His condition was so so, he was fully aware of everything around, but I wasn't sure what he understands or if he even remembered me. I understand from your note, that he is in a private room now, which must be better for him. How is he ? Please let me know. From Gertrude's Emails (which i haven't received for a while) I understood he already began to swallow a bit, to pronounce more verbal means and even to write !!? Aleksey said it wasn't true, from information he receives by Mr. Nedelman (Aleksey is out of NY, doing a job for US intelligence!). Everything I received in the past 2 months left me quite confused regarding Boris condition.

Are you in NY for the 'Board' meeting that was supposed to happen in september? Aleksey and Mr. Nedelman told me about a planned meeting. I know I am written as an advisor, or something like that, but not on the 'Board'. I am curious to know details about it. I told Mr. Nedelman on the phone in August, that I have some ideas, but now I feel quite far and out, to even know what kind of matters will be discussed, also the question: if Boris will get back to himself, at least with his mind- Stayed open with me, especially after receiving the Emails from Gertrude.

Please keep me updated. Boris is very important to me, as you can imagine.

Have a nice stay In New York !

 On Mar 11, 2007 at 08:55 Clayton Patterson wrote: [Mail send to: Richard Nadelman, Attorney; Martin Levitt [1]; Aleksey Dayen; Konstantin K. Kuzminsky; Gertrude Stein; Estera Milman; Leonid Pinchevsky; Dietmar Kirves; Matthias Reichelt; Eckhart Holzboog; Amikam Goldman; Harriet Wood; Beatrice Hamilton; Charles Rehwinkel]

Mr. Richard Nadelman. We need some clarity and definition here.

You are the person in the position of power, responsibility, leadership, and authority. I believe that it is your responsibility to give us a little focus, clarity, leadership and direction

Is Matthias [Reichelt] is in charge of Boris's art? What is Matthias's role? What is this nebulous Boris thing- is it a foundation... if so how many parts does the foundation consist of - is there a board- who is on it? What are the goals of whatever this is? Is there a mission statement? What is the purpose of this whatever it is? Define what this, whatever it is- organization? Are there rules and by-laws? Meetings? Minutes? Money spent or allocated? Who is getting paid, how much and why? Who decides who works and who does not?

If Matthias is the art director, I would like to have Matthias define what direction he is going to moving Boris's art. writings, and legacy in. Does Matthias have writers lined up to develop books, or papers, or to write essays on Boris and his creative endeavors. Is Boris's only importance to Matthias, connected to the holocaust and the fact that Boris is Jewish. How is Matthias going to define NO!art. Who was in NO!art. When did it begin and when did NO!art end, or did it end? Or is Matthias going to separate Boris into his own separate place? Is Matthias mostly going to concentrate on the holocaust and Boris, and the fact that Boris is a Jew? Is Matthias going to be dealing with Boris's politics?

I ask these questions for a number of reasons.

What instigated this email was a call from Kim. She was extremely upset that the movie [2] stated that she no longer worked for Boris and that she had throw out valuable Lurie photos. As most of us know, Kim has again been working for Boris, and her position is, she never threw out any photographs.

No sure why Matthias would want to portray Kim in this unflattering light, or why he did not contact Kim directly about this fact. He choose to place both Estera and myself in an adverse light. It seems that Gertrude's intuition about Matthias and the film were in fact right on the money. If Matthias does have a place on this Boris, whatever it is, then Matthias is representing Boris.

If Matthias is a significant player in this Boris- yet to be defined by Mr. Nadelman- then Matthias should make his case about the film. Why he did not fact check with Kim about her employment and the photograph issue. Should Mr. Nadelman be expected to explain the relationship between the film and the - yet to be defined thing...

The film [3] attempts to lay out and define who Boris is, and who the people are around Boris... these definitions are made by a member of the yet to be defined by Mr. Nadelman. Did Boris pay any money, or give charity of any kind, or contribute in anyway, to the making of this film- beyond just being in it? Did Boris ever have a chance to see and understand the development, direction, how the film was progressing?

I also differ with Matthias's screen impression of Boris. Giving the impression that Boris was a doddering old man, puttering with art, a man of leisure, and only concentrating on Wall Street, implying his only fixation was on money. Portraying Boris as only interested in, and fixated on money, other than being a little bit of a cliché, is wrong. Boris, in the later part of his life, was active as a writer. He was a poet and a writer of fiction. Boris's most recent book, published by Eckhart, is Boris's writings. Poetry and writing is one of the main reasons that Boris was connected to Aleksey. Boris in the last 5 years or so, finished The House of Anita. A book that he had worked on for years. I believe that Aleksey facilitated the translation of the House of Anita into English.

Boris was interested in writers, poets. Boris introduced me to several Russian literary people- poets, publishers, and story tellers. Boris and I hung out with some of these young literary people- some published magazines. Went to Brooklyn cafe's. How a part of this literary connection started- I got a art work of Boris's included in an Art Party Pravda show. I think Eckhart may have delivered this art work to the exhibition. It was through documenting an Art Party Pravda exhibition [4], that I met and became involved with Leonid Pinchevsky and the radical Russian Art Party Pravda. I introduced Boris to Konstantin K. Kuzminsky. I got Harold Hudson Channer to do a program on Boris, and then another program on Boris and K.K. Kuzminsky. Boris loved Kuzminsky. Kuzminsky is a major, well respected Russian editor, poet, artist. From Kuzminsky came the Russian literary connection. And there were several. I believe Aleksey also came by way of Kuzminsky. Aleksey set up and did some poetry readings at my place. Boris, always came to the Russian poetry reading. Boris loved the poetry. He was enamored with that whole scene. Aleksey, became the conduit for this last literary period of Boris's active life. I believe Aleksey got some articles on Boris published. There was nothing in the film about Eckhart, Alexis, or Boris's literary period. Why not?

There was no mention of Dietmar in this film. Why not? If not for Dietmar... non of the present day Germans would have even known about Boris. What is Matthias's role in Boris's affairs? We need to get a proper history done of Boris.

Matthias's version is way off track. It is simplistic and not correct. It makes Boris into an incidental character, which he is not. The film is weak. I was upset at the end of the movie discussion period, when Matthias stated that Boris has seen his day. That Boris is no longer an influence. That there are no young people interested in Boris and NO!art. When I brought out the fact that I had shown Boris's books and works to many people, including the younger generation, and found many interested parties, Matthias blew this off. How does Matthias think Ami came into the picture? I introduced Ami to NO!art and Boris. Ami made a historically significant film on Boris. Boris also loved Ami's film. There were several younger literary types who admired Boris. Aleksey is a younger person who very much admires Boris.

Where is Matthias getting his information from? Matthias publicly concluded that I am just some incidental guy in an obscure small space, in this unimportant neighborhood, that both the LES and Clayton really do not amount to much of anything, and has no connection to anything note worthy. Matthias can classify me in whatever way he wants. But he is mistaken to marginalize me too much, or to make too little of my reach, respect, or connections.

Yes, Matthias is right about the fact that I am an outsider in the art world. True. That outsider position has been my choice. And it his choice to demean and underestimate who I am. I will say that he knows nothing about me. As an outsider I am a legendary fighter. And I have been involved in some historic battles with the system. I do not lose very often. I am still here to fight another day.

Boris, for me, is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Boris was not my mentor. I got Boris press, the most recent was the London Jewish Journal. I introduced Boris to artists and people of interest. Put him in shows. Boris put me in shows, books, and introduced me to some amazing people. We are two artists. We fought a lot, laughed a lot, shared a lot. We were friends. Comrades.

I will not tolerate Boris being classified as some incidental artist from the 20th century and is only interesting because he survived the holocaust, is Jewish, and fixed on money. Matthias sees me as some marginal figure, fine. I would like Mr. Nadelman to clarify what Matthias's position is with regard to Boris's art and estate.

What is the Boris Team? What is the meaning and legal standing of those papers, signed by Boris, that included my name and Gertrude name. Does Estera have a place in this- yet to be defined by Mr. Nadelman? Is Kim included in any of this yet to be defined by Mr. Nadelman. Or Charlie Rehwinkel? What is Aleksey's position in all of this? What is Martin's position in NO!art and the estate? What is Gertrude's position and authority. What is Mr. Nadelman's position and authority. Is there a board as Matthias suggested at the Anthology Film Archives screening. What is this board? Who is on it? Is there a mission statement?

What power and authority does this board have? I think that the time has come to get a little clarity. Muddy waters breeds mysterious and nasty creatures... clarity baring light... light heals.. we need some light.

[1] Comment: "Capitals are my comment.... I found your letter to be a brlliant exposition! But, you are telling a phyton not to a swallow the entire gazelle it stranged. Pulling Nadelman away from his feast is an impossible task. A lecture on ethics is totally wasted. I venture to say that Boris committed financial suicide by getting a cheap lawyer. They are often the most expensive in the long run. Boris outwitted himmself! If there is anything realistic that I can do to salvage Boris' art work, please let me know! I only hope he is feeling no pain in the hospice!" - a sad Martin Levitt. (NO!art archives)
[2] See the Filmdocumentary by Matthias Reichelt an Reinhild Dettmer-Finke SHOAH UND PINUPS, DER NO!ARTIST BORIS LURIE, Freiburg (Germany) and New York 2006.
[3] Comment: "A film about an old man who was persuaded of a documentary during his illness in old age.
The film misses any information about the co-founders of the NO!art movement like the artists Sam Goodman and Stanley Fisher, by whom and with whom he became known as NO!artist. Likewise, lack of any information on his former girlfriend and gallery owner Gertrude Stein, who promoted him in the 60's, the gallery owner Janos Gat, who organized the recent exhibitions of him in New York, and his many friends he motivated to a NO!art involvement. It lacks information about his friend Dietmar Kirves who promoted him in germany since the early 80's. It also lacks any information about the NO!art webpage which operated with Boris' financial support since 2000. See There have done already better films about Boris Lurie such as that of Rudij Bergmann "Lurie Portrait" and that of Amikam Goldman "NO art Man!" (2003) and the one by Naomi Tereza Salmon "optimistic - disease-facility" (2003). See the video streams on NO!art website
There is no evidence of his poetic work "Geschriebigtes-Gedichtigtes", which was published in a comprehensive book on the occasion of his exhibition at the Buchenwald Memorial. The artistic work of Boris Lurie consists only a few works which touch on the subject "Shoah and Pinup". They have no pictorial relation to the Iraq war as it mentions a german newspaper which was influenced by the German filmmakers. His work is rather dominated by the motto that "NO!art occupies the strategic juncture where artistic production meets socio-cultural action. NO!art targets are the hypocritical intelligentsia, capitalist culture manipulation and consumerism. NO!art aims total unabashed self-expression in art leading to social involvement." Nothing about this told us the film.
It proves here again that filmmakers who have access to public event places can launch documentaries which only fragmentarily draw a picture of a person that does not correspond to reality. It is curious to see how hanger-ons work on the Holocaust want to become more importance through. What does that actually mean: Shoah and Pinup? Lets itself deal with such a subject so cheap? Unfortunately, Boris Lurie can not say anything more about this film, because he can no longer communicate with us. He is presently in a hospice after a heavy stroke". - Dietmar Kirves, Berlin
"The comment is correct. Everything really controversial and relevant for the politics and art of today does not appear in the film. Read better therefore the book Boris Lurie, Seymour Krim: NO!art, Cologne / Berlin 1988". - Wolfgang Roelen, Berlin
Source: (in German)
[4] ART PARTY PRAVDA, Groupshow against homeless, New York 1994; see

 Subject: THIS IS AN UPDATE - BORIS LURIE | On Apr 16, 2007 Gertrude Stein wrote to Nadelman, Reichelt, Bergmann, Holzboog, Rewinkel, and Dayen: being responsible for the well being and health of Boris, having the health proxy and having been his companion for over 35 year.

I will keep all informed of his health.

He is no longer receiving anti-biotics for the infection which sent him the hospital, and now recovered. While on anti-biotics he was very tired, listless and not doing any therapy.

This is over, he is now doing therapy, walking by himself and trying to communicate. He is reading watching the tv channels on news and other historical shows, reads papers, Russian, German and English with great interest. He participated in the Holocaust memorial service in the home yesterday, Sunday, and is taking interest in his surroundings I have been bringing books and movies, which he is enjoying and looks forward to getting.

I have great hope, and this is proving correct on his return to health, and will keep you informed of his wishes as he indicates them to me.
Please be assured that his health and well being is primary, and the therapy will intensify as he improves.

 Subject: BORIS LURIE | On May 23, 2007 Gertrude Stein wrote to Nadelman: I have been investigating methods of treatment that are not given at his home, and have had great results with people I know.

There is a practicioner, named Ms. Elena Lazinskaya, tele. 212-765-4961 who has treated many people in Boris' condition and has had some good results. I spoke to her today, and she spoke to Boris in Russian on the telephone while I was visiting.

Boris was excited by this, and indicated that he would like to see her.

You would have to call her and make arrangements. She mentions that he might need visits twice a week, but this would be after she saw him to make the determination.

It would be very important at this time to take advantage of any method since he is improving slowly but surely. He started writing and is trying to type. It takes some strength, and he is making a strong attempt. It is very hearwarming to see him in better spirits with none of the anit-biotics in his system to keep him drowsy.

If you want a recommendation for Ms. Lazinskaya, you can call Mrs. Galina Kluge, the widow of the famous Michael Kluge, and a close friend of the writer Solzinitzen (wrong spelling I am afraid) Her telephone number is 212-877-0278

I have known her for more then 30 years and she tells me that this practicioner is very good, and has helped her husband, her mother and herself, so she has personal knowledge.

Please do this at your earliest opportunity as every moment is important for Boris.

 Subject: BORIS LURIE | On Jun 7, 2007 Gertrude Stein wrote to Nadelman, Kuzmenko, Washam, Shai, and Levitt: Mme. Elena arrived at the exact time we had agreed on and there was an instant raport between them. She spoke Russian to him, and he was intrigued. She did what she could to detect the problem, and came up with a few ideas, which she will think about and report to us. He was able to show her what part of his head seemed distressed, it was the left side and he was clearly convincing. She told me that he was not too badly off, and she has some patients im much more serious condition. Boris, after she left was in such a state of contentment, which I have not seen since he became ill.

However, the nurse, I do not know her name, a very pretty Philipino came in a few times in the most obtrusive way. I had to tell her to leave, she was causing such a distraction. Please let this be known by the head of the home, because it is not helpful.

I hope to speak to Mme. Elena on Friday for her ideas on a treatment, and I hope you will agree to see that she is recompensed. It is surely prividential that we have her to help Boris at this time.

He was elated and more open after this visit and I can see how beneficial it was and will be in the future.

 Subject: GERTRUDE, BORIS & THE SITUATION | On Sep 25, 2007 Kim Kuzmenko wrote to Lecornu-Hamilton, Patterson, and Reichelt: While I have not seen Boris since a few days after his birthday I want to let you know that this whole situation has become quite grave. I close my eyes again and again and ask my Father, Tom, what he would do. Always the answer comes -- "Let Boris be Boris".

Unfortunately, Boris has lost his ability to type his wishes. I stand on the outside viewing a hideous unfolding of greed and selfishness.

Boris is cognizant but mute and stubborn No one can convince me otherwise as to his awareness when he is not 'drugged up'. NO one but Gertrude seems to care for his actual rehabilitation. There is a group. They call it "Team Boris" yet it lacks one crucial member -- Boris.

I saw that little documentary. I heard him say that I was fired because I "threw away his things". I was horrified. I threw away pots full of mildew (too horrible to think of cleaning), food food growing colonies, a mattress that served as a home for mice full of their corpses, drugs dated from 1962 and cigarettes. I 'quit' because the things that were of value, each and every little thing taken from a desk, wrapped, sealed and marked as to where it had been was tampered with. In reference to this I can only say that drunkards are liars and have an agenda of their own. I believe you may know to whom I refer.

There really is only one "team" here. Those who seek to use all that Boris has accumulated throughout his life to do more than let him waste away in a dank grey room, mute and filthy. WE want "Boris to be Boris"; to be coaxed into enough rehab that he can again type, write and make his wishes known.

 Subject: BORIS | On Oct 2, 2007 Gertrude Stein wrote to Shai, and Goldman: Boris is in the intensive care unit and is undergoing some massive work. He is weak and has many problems with his lung, heart, diabetes, has pneumonia, septis and a miriad of illnesses. He is getting the best care and I am there with him and he has the best medical assistance possible.

Please let Motte know that he cannot call Boris, he must be worried not getting a response from the old number.

There is much we have to talk about, and I hope yu will convey this information to those in Israel who know and care about Boris.

Please keep Boris in your thoughts and pray for his recovery.

 Subject: BORIS | On Oct 5, 2007 Gertrude Stein wrote to Shai: just came from Roosevelt hospital where he is on life support. He is however, doing well, the infection is gone and the pneumonia is being aggressively treated and they have good hope for his improving. I am there every day and hope that my presence has some effect, that someone is there for him. As you know, no one has been there for a long time.

I now have the power of attorney, as Boris wanted that for a long time. As you remember he asked me to find a lawyer more then a year ago, and there was one lawyers bill that Motte paid. I now have gotten him a wonderful firm and they are forcing Mr. Nadelman to account for his denial of Boris wishes, which Boris resented, and at one time, he tried to stangle Mr. Nadelman.

He wanted Aleksay out of his will, and he wrote many wishes at the beginning of his illness. I finally got the health proxy that Boris gave me very early in his illness, which Mr. Nadelman refused to recognize. He finally let me get a health proxy at the Jewish Home and Hospital, with the doctor and social worker as wintesses, and he was there to agree. Mr. Nadelman is fighting my power of attorney, and has hired a firm to go to court. His lawyer said, "it may be academic" probably meaning that Boris was on life support and might pass away before the court could do anything. I am doing what Boris wanted and will continure to the best of my ability.

I have a copy of the Israeli will, and Boris, I think wanted everything to be combined for his father's S & J Foundation and the No Art Foundation. This was his wish after he became ill, and Motte was ill. We spoke about it often. I intend to keep the S & J foundation completely for his mother and sisters rememberance to help Jewish causes. His No Art Foundation should be, as he wanted to keep the collection together and help financially, artists with a political bent who do not get help from the establishment, as he did not.

Perhaps you could fill me in on what Boris had in mind when he spoke to you of the will, as he told me you were one of the executors. Any clarity at this point would be very helpful.

Sorry to ramble, but you were very much appreciated by Boris, and he was so very fond of your parents.

I am in the city in the event the hospital needs me.

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On Jan 7, 2008 at 5 pm Aleksey Dayen wrote:
Boris died.

BORIS FUNERAL | On Jan 9, 2008 Amikam Goldman wrote:
The funeral was small, it was sad. I met first time, Mordechai Starobin, Shay Fridman and two family relatives some other people were there, about 15. Mordechai said kadish, no one talked much. Mordechai said how much Boris suffered in life, and now he would come to rest. We walked down two rows, to his father's grave and then people split away. I wished more friends were around.

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Last Will Alterations by Gertrude Stein

On Aug 11, 2009 Gertude Stein wrote to a.tijhuis [at]; alan.faufel [at]; andrew [at]; alan [at]; ami33go [at]; christine [at]

The Boris Lurie Foundation
The Directors:
Gertrude Stein,
William Pepper,
Geo Campanovo,
Peter Sprenger

The Mission Statement of the Boris Lurie Foundation

The Mission of the Boris Lurie Foundation is dedicated to reflect the life, work and aspirations of the Founder and to preserve and promote the NO! ART movement with its focus on the social visionary in art and culture.

As its first priority the Foundation will undertake to develop and archive an inventory of the massive work product produced by Boris Lurie as well as the works of other NO! ART artists which are under its control. It will then begin the task of carrying out the restoration of this body of work and develop a plan for bringing it before the public and institutions of learning. Public exhibitions and private shows are to be scheduled and held in selected venues throughout the world.

The Foundation will annually contribute funds in support of projects and undertakings that fall within the scope of the Foundation’s purposes and are in the spirit of Mr Lurie’s bequest. It is therefore anticipated that the projects, programs and activities supported.

Foundation grants will include the following:

 The development of a program of exhibitions and showings of the art work of Boris Lurie and the NO! ART artists;

 The funding and support of unrecognized artists from all over the world and the sponsorship of internship programs in collaboration with selected institutions, universities and institutes;

 The acquisition, on a selected basis, of additional works of art compatible with the purposes of the Foundation;

 The sponsorship of, and support for, such social action programs and projects as the Directors deem worthy of the Foundation’s support.

Through this range of activity the Boris Lurie Foundation believes it will make a material contribution to the artistic, social and educational life of the community.

The Grant Application Process

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 Subject: MAKE NO MISTAKE | On May 31, 2009 Clayton Patterson wrote to Gertrude Stein: I hope that your son is getting better and that he will have a full recovery- ill will against your health or your families health or good fortune is outside of this fight- this fight is not personal- this fight is about your attempted take over of Boris's history and your reckless abuse of Boris's history. The fact is that non of us can do everything- so sharing is needed- it is important for each person to do what they do best in this struggle- however you have chosen to try and eliminate Dietmar and myself from this struggle of saving Boris's history. And this is your mistake.

as to Lurie-

Apparently Matthias is coming on June 2nd- His show is based on Boris and the art used are Boris's reproduction prints- this exhibition is also based on the fact that Matthias did a previous No!art exhibition in 1995. Matthias is setting himself up as the expert. Make no mistake that both Mattahias can plant the seeds for his position as can Estera- both of these people I disagree with.

You are wrong not to support the NO!art site and Dietmar.

As to your statement about you have something planned- and some big event is going to happen- that is bullshit and you know it- You are wrong to think that you can do something about this work- You have never created an artist- you are good at buying and selling- But Boris has to be discovered and this is not your strong point. Wake up before you push Boris into total oblivion-

IN terms of history I will hold you responsible for the decline and disappearance of Boris. You like to talk about radical politics and outsider points of views- well make no mistake I have been involved in radical politics- make no mistake I do not give a shit about much of what the establishment thinks or is up to-- make no mistake I do have the ability to make books, movies, and so on, and get my messages into the mainstream- make no mistake I hold you responsible- make no mistake having a creative artist like me working in this direction I will make sure that somewhere in history it will be understood what you have done- make no mistake I could go into court with this mess- make no mistake I have a piece of paper that Boris put me on the board and you have excluded me- make no mistake I could give a shit about Boris's money or owning his art- but that said- make no mistake that I will always be pushing for Boris to get the attention he deserves- so make no mistake to have someone who has nothing to lose and could care less about the social consequences I will make something happen and you will be a part of it.

I think that you are better off working with me rather than against me- but it seems that you have chosen to be an enemy of the movement rather than a part of it-- fine. All Dietmar and I want is for Boris to get his place in history- and it is my concern that Dietmar gets support for his all work on this No!art project. By not supporting the work Dietmar does, you are trying to kill the history- not sure what this is about- but that is the results of you hoarding the work and doing nothing.

 Subject: THE BORIS LURIE FOUNDATION WEBSITE | On Aug 11, 2009 Amikam Goldman wrote to Dietmar and Clayton: this came today, I had the feeling for a long time, she is holding the cards covered, deep under her arm... but still - this hits me as a big surprised, what a joke... is this thing for real ?...

 Subject: THE BORIS LURIE FOUNDATION WEBSITE | On Aug 11, 2009 Clayton Patterson wrote to Amikam and Dietmar: it is real or not real- who knows?

I know I was on a committee and I no longer am. I know that Boris thought that Gertrude, although a friend, was crazy- I know that Gertrude works with Estera and thinks that NO!art ended in the late 50's early 60's. I know that Gertrude cannot do anything in terms of promoting or making bigger what already exists. I know that Gertrude has never created an artists that she is secondary market. I know that Gertrude never dealt with anyone I know of. I know that this is a shock.

I am not sure what it means- what it implies to me is that there is an estate and they control it-

 Subject: FOUNDATION | On Nov 6, 2009 Clayton Patterson wrote to Amikam Goldman: Ami something really is getting suspicious here- and I have written emails to Gertrud and Dr. Pepper the lawyer and have not been getting any responses back- and the less I hear back on this the more I wonder what is going on-- what happened to the money the movers found? Why are there two foundations? What happened with the first foundation? How do the solicitations like the one in the Villager have anything to do with Boris and NO!art? Why since we had agreed in the meetings to support Dietmar has he not been given his stipend? Why has there not been any committee meetings? Why has there not even been a memorial for Boris it any kind of recognition of his death? Why is no one is paying any attention to or giving any respect to Boris and who he was? Why is the foundation now deciding to give away money by soliciting people to apply for grants, but no paying the agreed upon fees to the upkeep of the Boris NO!art archives? Does the foundation have to solicit people to apply for grants because no one has any idea of what would support No!art? Why solicit the public when the public does not even know what NO!art is?

 Subject: FOUNDATION | On November 12, 2009 Amikam Goldman wrote to Clayton Patterson: this is what i think on the situation. but first let me tell you that i am not in touch with anyone from the "involved" persons.

I get Emails from you and Dietmar from time to time, Mathiahas sent me his film (a year ago) and we wrote to each other few mails, and Gertrude... you know when she writes you something, it is not more than 1 line... maybe 2 lines... you can't really dig much out of that. - the few times she actually did wrote something, was when Boris was in the hospital, and she gave about once a month an "up-date" about his condition. I must say I started to suspect her since then. I believe she started to "plan" things back then.

This is what I know - there is only ONE foundation, the one Gertrude is the head of the foundation. I know there was some court going on for many months after Boris death. I only assume that was Gertrude fighting Mr. Nedelman about Boris's "last" will. Mathiahs wrote me long time ago that he is NOT the head of the foundation, and I knew about the court. so I think that everything was "frozen" for a long time, and since Gertrude published out her new foundation, I guess she won the court. she has the whole control... i do know that Gertrude and Nedlman where in touch (when boris was still "alive" in the hospital, Nedelman paid me for making DVD copies, after Gertrude requested it.

I think the "first" foundation is not active and - never was... no committee meetings, and no money for dietmar...

When she published the foundation, few months ago, I wrote her that she should pay Dietmar for the AMAZING work he does for the website. she wrote me back ( in one line... ) that if he wants - he should apply for it... that was a big sad joke, I think... in her website, she publish few articles about boris and NO!art - I'm sure that what she did was: "copy-paste" from Dietmar's website.

I do believe it's a big tragedy of great loss... I don't truly believe she wants to "work" NO!art out....

I think that her mind works in totaly different way than yours, dietmar's and mine...

to be continued....

 Subject: EXHIBITION | On March 30, 2016 Clayton Patterson wrote to the Jewish Art Museum Berlin: I am disappointed in this show. Yes, there has been over a dozen Boris Lurie exhibitions around the world. More to come. A movie made and paid for by BLAF. And is it true that 2 years before his death these people met with bedridden, most time in a coma, Boris, and somehow persuaded Boris to turn his whole estate over to BLAF? I never met these people. Rene Frank was in charge and he never mentioned any of this. Check the court records dealing with timeline around Boris's will. Also check the hospital records. Boris was in a coma for months before he died.

After Boris's death I was at the first organization meeting in Mr. Nadelman's office. Nadelman was Boris's lawyer. Gertrude was barely mentioned. Other than Gertrude none of the BLAF directors were there. Gertrude later mentioned she, with an international group of lawyers, will take over the estate. Anyway. You can research this yourself.

Interesting that so little of the speakers speech was about Boris's art or NO!art. The content was a movie, almost a 100 million dollars, stocks, real-estate, all the restoration work they had done and whatever.

No mention of Dietmar Kirves, yet, it could be argued, that this show would not have happened without him. Not to forget Dietmar and his son, art historian Dr. Martin Kirves, repaired much of Boris's work before the Estera Milman exhibitions.

Dietmar and Martin are German and live in Berlin. Dietmar has a large NO!art/Boris Lurie archive. BLAF has never spoken to Dietmar about his archive. They have stolen articles off his NO!Art website and published them in BLAF catalogues. Using expensive international lawyers, BLAF, attempted to steal all his website work and to prohibit him from using the NO!art domain name…. and on and on.

What organizations are BLAF supporting? NO! Compromises. The BLAF is a complete compromise.

If nothing else, I see what is going on here as very anti-German. Is this how the BerlinJewish Museum rewards a German who has spent a large part of his adult life working to preserve the work of a holocaust survivor? He was not even invited to the show and he paid for NO!art DVD?

It has taken years, but eventually the truth shall be told. Just to get a taste of how much work Dietmar has done to educated the public about NO!art and Boris Lurie compare his site with BLAF.

The links below are a good place to start. And, once past this, look up the history of what Gertrude has done over the years to promote Boris's work. I hope that there are some critical thinkers at the museum who care about Jewish history.

 MORE in German:!interviews/2010_becher-gespraech.html

 Subject: BLAF | Clayton Patterson wrote to William F. Pepper, and Dietmar Kirves on Jan 1, 2017 at 14:46 PM: Wondering if you now have a better understanding how wrong it is what BLAF is doing in  Boris's name.  Gertrude seems to have a hate towards Boris. She has done shows that completely contradict everything Boris stood for.

You present yourself as a man of principles.  Are you?  Or is Gertrude a money machine that makes people do what ever it is she wants.

Go look at the NO!art website and start to comprehend how much Dietmar has done for Boris. All BLAR did was to steal info off the site, use it without permission, and hire an expensive international legal corporation to try and steal the whole site by saying they owned the NO!art name and all the name represents.

After knowing a little about your work, to say we were shocked how you could defend BLAF and support BLAR actions, is to say the least, surprising.

Can you answer our questions?  How was Gertrude able to take control over Boris's will? thanks clayton | Attachement: Boris Lurie Will.pdf 1,8 MB

 William Pepper wrote to Patterson on Jan 2, 2017 at 7:42 AM:I have not been involved with theFoundation for a number of years. Sincerely, W. F. Pepper

 Clayton Patterson wrote to William Pepper on Jan 2, 2017 at 9:50 AM: No opinion?  Dietmar works hard on keeping up with the past and on going history of NO!art.  He captures as much as he can related to NO!art and add it to the site.  You are a part of that history.

One of our goals is to bury this history as deep into the fabric of, first, American and German, and then other parts of the world.  We may not have the resourses you and BLAF have, but we have the will, the drive, the ambition to carry on the fight to preserve what Boris stood for, and of course our connection to NO!art.

If you go to the site you will see it is substantial.  If you are saying your only connection to the organization is when BLAF did its best to try to steal the site and all the contents off the site with an international white shoe lawyers group, the filling the board with only international corporate people, spending the Foundation money on Warhol shows, and all the other wastes that were a complete desecration to all Boris stood for, then fine, let that be your history.  Just giving you a chance, mostly because I know people who have a respect for your work.

Unfortunately, it seems, you have nothing to say.  This BLAF is a sad part of your legacy,…. you have joined the Trump Party.  The Struggle Never Ends.

 William Pepper wrote on Jan 2, 2017: Mr. Paterson, I am trying to get you to understand that I ended all work with, and responsibility for, the Foundation years ago. Life is too short and the human rights priority demands on my time require that I focus on other problems and cases. My last book on MLK is out in 2016 and that is a separate lien on my time I wish you well for trying to honour the memory and work of Boris Laurie. Happy NEw Year. Bill Pepper P

 Clayton Patterson wrote to William Pepper, and Dietmar Kirves on Jan 2, 2017 at 11:12 AM | Plain Talk: And I am trying to get you to comprehend we are working with a history here.. you are a part of  that history.  I do not think you have any comprehension what BLAR is doing to destroy all Boris stood for.

Human rights priority demands - Is this a joke?   After what you were a part of and what  BLAF is working to accomplished - all you did to disrespect and your attempt to try to destroy all Boris stood for… 

We are giving you the opportunity to lay out your side.. if not.. then so what.  It just means you have absolutely no understanding of what Boris stood for-- you just took money, ate fine food, drink the booze, went to the parties, traveled the world, and did all you could to piss on the grave of Boris.  You were a part of it.

I am trying to get you to understand that I ended all work with, and responsibility for,  the Foundation years ago. --- This is the kind of excuse the Nazi's used after the war.. You have to stand by what you represented.

You and all you stand for represented the BLAF..  why I was shocked you were even a part of this.. and then you hung in there so long.. the word on the street was Gertrude felt like all you were doing was asking for money, going out to eat and wanted plane fares.. and you had to leave.. what is the truth?  Begging or left for the right reason?  I am sure you know Gertrude by now.

You want to leave this a mystery.,. fine. It will go down surrounded in BLAF gossip, your role in all of this, and not truth.  Your choice.

Do you really think Deitmar and I are just a couple of unknown goofy guys out on a lark and doing this all for fun. Make no mistake….  we are not deadly serious about what we do? .. thanks clayton

 William Pepper wrote on Jan 2, 2017 at 11:24 AM: Then, carry on. We all have our mission. Good luck. WFP

 SUBJET: Plain Talk | Clayton Patterson wrote to William Pepper, and Dietmar Kirves on Jan 3, 2017 at 01:28 AM: Dealing with what BLAF is a part of our mission. You were a part of BLAF.  They spent hefty amounts of BLAF money trying to take down Dietmar's work and site. DIetmar has the largest collection of Boris ephemera material.. letters, binders full, photographs of the work, he designed and put together the first NO!art book, he got the NGBK show into play.. his site gets thousands of hits.. he is in correspondence with a number of institutions and people wanting to learn more about NO!art. Boris made Dietmar the head of NO!art East and me NO!art West NYC.

I gave Boris his first NYC show in something like 25 years.  I brought him back. Got journalists to write articles on BOiris and is work.   Introduced him to the young Russian creative community and Russian  intellecutal crowd - for example Konstantine K Kusminsky…  Got him into movies.. N O!art Man I made happen.  Boris is in Captured,.  Got him o TV.  I did much to bring him  out of obscurity and back into the action.  Gertrude did what?  A couple of shows in the 1960's?  To get a glimpse int what Dietmars contribution to NOP!art and Boris… look at the NO!art site.

BLAF has never acknowledged Dietmars work, or given him one nickel, just stole material off his site.  How much could you people care about Boris?  It is just about the money. The Trump card is what you people played.

Dietmar is struggling and poor-- and you (BLAF) have well over 80 million dollars.  Do the math.  You talk abut justice. Please..
Look up Boris on the site.. you and the rest of the board of BLAF spent Boris's money to show Warhol's work…then having a board made of corporate business people.. and on and on.
William this is a part of your legacy.  You have an opportunity here to justify your actions.. or not.. you are a part of this history no matter what.  We are carrying on.  And you fight for cough cough justice… right! thanks clayton

 Clayton Patterson wrote to Dietmar Kirves on Jan 3, 2017 at 4:17 PM: ... and also it seems that Pepper just does not get was a board member of BLAF.  He pretents like all is wonderful. He is a part of BLAF and the corproate rip-off gangsters… I think Gertrude dumped him as he was not producing much and he was costing her money. He only wanted to go to expensive restaurants and was in need of money. I got this from a woman who worked for Gertrude. It seems that Gertrude cut his throat and threw him out. Sounds typical. Like after all the damage to Boris and you he was a part of - is all forgotten because he was given the axe.. like he is some great social humanitarian. Please!

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