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By IRIS CLERT (1970)

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

Dear Boris:

What can I say, you know perfectly well what I love in Art. Art for me is an escape from reality and not an awful realism which shows the horrors of our mad civilisation.

We are surrounded with ugliness, dirt, pollution, horrid posters, vulgarity: why take all these horrors put them together and make a protest? The real protest is to show beauty and purity!

In the early 60's, in fact it started in 1957, I have shown Yves Klein, that was a protest against the Art that was fashionable in those times, lyric and abstract expressionism.

Dada has always been a protest with humour. NOIart seems to be a protest with hate.

I am for love and humour.

Non Art is a deep protest against all the established values, in fact it shows the end of our civilisation.

But as soon as Non Art is sold, it becomes a commercial value, and therefore I don't agree with it.

I would really be convinced, if the Non-Artists would go as far as burning themselves with their work in the face of the public.

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Galerie fondée par Iris Clert en 1956, située 3 rue des Beaux-Arts puis, ,jusqu'en 1971, date où elle ferme, 28 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré à Paris. Iris Clert en nouant des relations privilégiées avec quelques critiques comme Claude Rivière, Julien Alvard, Pierre Restany, Michel Tapié, Charles Estienne ou Michel Ragon défend les différentes formes de l'abstraction. Elle expose Takis, Yves Klein, Brô, Jean Tinguely, Gaston Chaissac... Dès le milieu des années 60, la galerie décline et malgré son emménagement sur la rive droite de Paris, elle est obligée de fermer en 1971.

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