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STATEMENT FOR THE EXHIBITION "ART and POLITICS"

at KARLSRUHE KUNSTVEREIN (Germany 1970)

By BORIS LURIE

Published in: Lurie, Boris; Krim, Seymour: NO!art, Cologne 1988

NO!artis anti worldmarket - investment art: (artworldmarket-investment art equals cultural
manipulation).
NO!artis against "clinical", "scientific" estheticisms: (such estheticisms are not art).
NO!artis against the pyramiding of artworldmarket-investment-fashion-decorations
("minimal", "color field", "conceptual"): such games-decorations are the sleeping pills of
culture. It is against "phantasy" in the service of the artmarket.
NO!artis against all artworldmarket "salon" art.
NO!artis anti Pop-art: (Pop-art is reactionary - it celebrates the glories of consumer society,
and it mocks only at what the lower classes consume - the can of soup, the cheap shirt.
Pop-art is chauvinistic. It sabotages and detracts from a social art for all.)
NO!artis anti chauvinistic: (Domination by any national "school" is based mainly on the size of
investment capital available. Domination by any national "school" is equivalent to cultural
imperialism).
NO!artis the crisis art of cultural suffocation.
NO!artis socially relevant personal expression it is social art, it is protest art, it is political art, it is
anti-art (anti artmarket art).
NO!artnaturally creates new esthetic forms or naturally operates within contemporary esthetic
forms. Form (style) naturally derives from content, esthetic innovation is but a by-product
of free unhampered expression.
NO!artabhors the "clinical", "scientific", pseudo-esthetic search for "esthetic innovation".
NO!artopened up and influenced certain artworldmarket deviations for which it cannot be held
responsible. It is at the misgrown root of artworldmarket Pop-art, of certain present day
erotic-escapist, and horror-for-the-sake-of-horror work.
NO!artinfluenced positively present day political art, underground press and underground films and
comics, "subversive" advertising in underground press, art (guerrilla) action groups, events of
social content.
NO!artfighting since 1959 from within the Lion's Mouth in New York City.
NO!artruthlessly suppressed and decimated but not eliminated or exterminated by artworldmarket
suppression.
NO!artfrom Pinups to Excrement: a social art rebellion. (Survey, book to be published soon).
NO!artis "programmatic", through theme shows and manifestations freely growing within
co-operative group effort. Each show, manifestation, naturally pointing towards next activity.
NO!artattempts to influence life through art and therefore calls for quick strategic artistic response.
NO!artdone from the gut, is not an artistic occupation.
NO!artThe time for Yes-art is not at all at hand.

About BORIS LURIE: Born in 1924, in Leningrad, Russia. Together with his parents he moved to Riga in 1925/26. Captured by the Germans 1941 and suffered in the ghettos and concentration-camps of Riga, Salapils, Stutthof and Buchenwald-Magdeburg in Germany. Emigration to USA in 1946. Lived in Paris from 1954 to 1955. Founded with Sam Goodman and Stanley Fisher the NO!art movement in 1959 in co-operation with the March gallery in the Tenth Street in New York, later so called March Group. He works always in continuing the NO!art movement.—Died 2008 in New York.  |  linkMORE

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