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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—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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The St. Petersburg Governorate in photographs from the 1860‒1910s from the collection of the Russian Museum

The St. Petersburg Governorate in photographs from the 1860‒1910s from the collection of the Russian Museum

30 may—19 august 2019

From the series “Traveling around Russian Empire”. The exhibition presents the image of St. Petersburg Governorate in professional and amateur photographs, as well as postcards depicting the man-made and natural sights of the area, the local population and the events of everyday life.

Solomon Yudovin. Siege Graphics from the Russian Museum Collection and Collection of Evgeny Gerasimov

Solomon Yudovin. Siege Graphics from the Russian Museum Collection and Collection of Evgeny Gerasimov

24 january—13 may 2019

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad. The artist witnessed and experienced the siege, one of the most tragic events of the Second World War, firsthand.

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