Skip to main content

On 23 August 2020, the Jewish Museum Berlin is opening its new core exhibition. Until then the museum will be closed for renovations.

Boris Lurie

Artist

Boris Lurie (1924–2008) was an American artist. In his much-discussed and controversial works, he demanded more political relevance from art. In a radical language, he criticized what he considered to be superficial art, which avoided dealing with drastic themes such as war and violence.

Boris Lurie was born in 1924 to a Jewish family in Leningrad, grew up in Riga, and with his father survived the Stutthof and Buchenwald concentration camps. His mother, grandmother, younger sister, and childhood sweetheart were murdered in 1941 in a mass shooting. These experiences left a lasting impression on Boris Lurie's life.

In 1946, he immigrated to New York. In 1959, he founded the NO!art movement with a group of artist friends set against Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art, but especially opposed to the economization of art and devoted to political issues such as racism, sexism, and consumerism.

Boris Lurie died in New York on 7 January 2008.

Boris Lurie (1924–2008)

More on Wikipedia

Boris Lurie Art Foundation

More on Boris Lurie at borislurieart.org

Black and white portrait of Boris Lurie standing in his studio

Boris Lurie in his studio, 1957; Boris Lurie Art Foundation, New York – Photo: Betty Holiday