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Boris Lurie. American Nonconformist

Boris Lurie. Stenciled NOs. 1969. Acrylic paint on canvas. 34,2 x 76,2 cm
29 august 2019—11 november 2019
Born in Leningrad in 1924, Boris Lurie survived Nazi concentration camps and joined the New York avant-garde circles in which, according to Clement Greenberg, “the fate of American art was decided.”

Lurie’s early works were figurative and expressionist-like; he also experimented with gestural abstraction, only to feel deep disappointment in abstract art, which was steadily integrating into the art market. Together with other young artists, Lurie tried to resist market influence by working with the March Group Gallery, built on a cooperative basis. His collages tend towards to pop art in an attempt to overthrow abstract expressionism, with its idea of transcendental universals. However, unlike pop artists who focused on politically topical and even criminal events (Andy Warhol, Edward Kienholz), avoiding immersion in the direct experience of the tragic, Lurie, as a concentration camp survivor, touches upon the most sensitive, problematic and hot issues: Nazi crimes against humanity, the reflection of sexuality in mass consciousness, the devaluation of the physical (not to mention the spiritual) in a consumer society.

Boris Lurie criticizes the entire “image of the world.” Increasingly, he begins to inscribe an unambiguous resolution “NO” across his collages and objects. Lurie’s “NO” has the energy of direct action. In the early 1960s, an informal trend called “NO! Art” took shape, led by Boris Lurie and artist Sam Goodman.

The works by Boris Lurie are held in collections of leading museums in the USA. The exhibition is organized jointly with Boris Lurie Art Foundation.

Boris Lurie. Dismembered Women: Nude, Stepping. c. 1955. Oil paint on cotton twill fabric. 155 x 119 x 2,5 cm Boris Lurie. Untitled. c.1963.Paper collage and paint on cardboard box top. 36 x 28 cm Boris Lurie. Hinging at Stutthof. 1946. Pastel and gouache paint on paper. 58,5 x 43 cm Boris Lurie. Sold God. Circa late1970's. Assemblage. Rubber materials mounted together. 32 x 73 x 4,5 cm Boris Lurie. Ax Series. 2003. Tree stump with ax assemblage. 74 x 41 x 30 cm

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Nicholas Roerich. In Search of Shambala

Nicholas Roerich. In Search of Shambala

27 september 2019—1 march 2020

An exhibition held at the Malaga Branch of the Russian Museum presents more than seventy paintings by Nicholas Roerich, dedicated to the influence of culture on religion and vice-versa, and reflecting the spiritual quest of the artist.

Anna Akhmatova. Poetry and Life

Anna Akhmatova. Poetry and Life

27 september 2019—1 march 2020

An exhibition held at the Malaga Branch of the Russian Museum presents several portraits of poet Anna Akhmatova in painting, graphics, and sculpture, created by the writer’s contemporaries.

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