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STATEMENT FOR THE NO!Posters ANTI-POP POSTER SHOW
at Gallery Gertrude Stein, New York
By BORIS LURIE (1964)
Published in: Lurie, Boris; Krim, Seymour: NO!art, Cologne 1988
The meaning of the NO-Posters was seen and recognized, and the overprinting executed in March, 1963.
The NO-posters are entirely printed on the offset press. And there is no handwork whatsoever in their execution. Whatever "composition" has resulted is of purely accidental character
The basic of the NO-posters are rejected or faulty paper-sheets, or paper-sheets used for cleaning of the printing presses.
The silver overprinting on the posters is accidental in its composition in the sense that the artist had no hand in its design. The symbols, - selected by the artist only as far as their subject matter in general is concerned - refer to the symbols he uses in his paintings and collages: the word "NO", the Pin-up Girl, and sado-masochistic mail order advertising of torture scenes.
The pricing of the posters was been kept to a minimumthey sell from $ 25to emphasize the fact of their easy availability, and to point out the ridiculousness of overpricing, as practised in the art-market in the area of "hand-made" "Pop-art". The NO posters are truly popular posters, at truly popular prices.
NO-posters are "NO-pop" posters on "anti-pop" posters, the spontaneous expression of the machine cleansing itself, criticizing, and rebelling against the use it is being put to.
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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. ►more