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AN AMERICAN REBELLION, LURIE AND GOODMAN IN MILAN, 1962 | By Mario de Micheli, Milan: The intellectual groups that are taking a position of revolt against established society are getting to be more numerous from day to day. ... more

INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN SHOWS, 1962 | By Thomas B. Hess, New York: Sam Goodman and Boris Lurie are true Social Realists. Deeply involved with political and social issues, they have decided to work as citizen-artists, to become Responsible, ... more

ABOUT BORIS LURIE, 1963 | By Gertrude Stein, New York: The work of Boris Lurie is powerful stuff. He feels that the ivory tower cannot substitute for real involvement in life; art is an instrument of influence and stimulation ... more

BORIS LURIE'S NO!art, 1997 | By Sarah Schmerler, New York: Boris Lurie's art is not pretty. It does not conform to imposed formal criteria, to the accepted notions of taste - either good or bad. It does not conform to any rules ... more

"EVERYMAN" BORIS LURIE, 1999 | By Martin Levitt, Essex Junction/VT: Boris is a fascinating storybook, on life in the Concentration Camps. He spent his youth as a prisoner of the Nazi´s. He was so young and innocent he was chosen to sweep the guards office and consequently was able to save his fathers life with a simple erasure. ... more

BORIS LURIE'S "NO!art" AND THE HOLOCAUST, 2005 | By Jan Herman, New York: Today, when the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau is recalled with "the mournful whistle of an imaginary death train," the little-known No!art art of Boris Lurie looms like a signal from the remembered depths.... more

BORIS LURIE: UNEASY VISIONS, UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS, 2005 | By David H. Katz, New York: Boris Lurie is an East Village artist, writer, poet and Holocaust survivor who, for more than 60 years, has expressed uncomfortable truths about the nature of art, history and ... more

ETHICS AND AESTETICS: BORIS LURIE'S RAILROAD COLLAGE ..., 2005 | By Beatrice Howell, London: In 1963 the Russian born, American-based artist Boris Lurie produced Railroad Collage, a mixed media collage juxtaposing an enlarged copy of the iconic Liberation photograph from the concentration camps of Nazi Germany with the symbol of ... more

MIRRORING EVIL: NAZI IMAGERY/Nazi Imagery/Recent Art at Jewish Museum, New York City Jan through Jun 2002 | Preface by Jeanne Pearlman: Kleeblatt’s catalogue essay is significant in giving evidence to his interest in the role of art in demystifying the realm of the forbidden and taboo, particularly as it pertains to how those taboos form Jewish identity. He is most eloquent, however, when he describes the paradox inherent in the early work of Boris Lurie, a Russian-born Buchenwald survivor. In a series of large-scale collages, Saturation Paintings-1959-64, Lurie both entices and repels the viewer’s gaze through the conflation of images of emaciated survivors and licentious pinups of the same era. Like the Lustmord paintings of Weimar Germany, Lurie’s work taunts the viewer with its voyeuristic seduction, the forbidden glimpses into the basest landscape of the human soul. Kleeblatt wonders why these images continue to shock even after the far more sexually graphic work of Mapplethorpe or the religious transgression of Serrano would seem to have desensitized our collective capacity for outrage. He reflects on the question of transgression and art: Lurie collages crossed boundaries more

ON BORIS LURIE, 2018 | By Gertrude Stein, edited by Delfina Jałowik and Chris Shultz, New York: Boris’s childhood and youth. Boris was born in Leningrad in 1924. When Lenin died, Stalin stopped the five-year-plan, so Boris’s father, who was a businessman, lost all his money and he knew that under Stalin he’d be murdered, so they went to Latvia with the children, when Boris was a few months old. But all his family came from Russia. They lived in a smaller town in Russia, and his mother was sent to Paris to study dentistry. She became a dentist. His father became a businessman and he was always very successful. The grandparents had a grain factory. They came from upper-middle class in Russia.... more

THE ARTIST AS PROVOCATEUR, 2005 | By David H. Katz, New York: Boris Lurie was born in Leningrad in 1924 into an educated, highly cultured Jewish community. He and his family moved to Riga, Latvia, in 1925-6, where his talent as an artist was recognized at an early age. In 1941, when the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, ... more

SAYING YES TO NO!, 2010 | By Douglas Century, New York: In January 2008, the painter Boris Lurie lay dying of kidney failure in a New York hospital, with a large poster of Joseph Stalin positioned at the foot of his bed. Few outside Lurie's intimate circle could have suspected that the Russian-born Holocaust survivor—one of the founders of the NO!art movement—had been leading a double life. ... more

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