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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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The Leningrad Rock Club in Photographs. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Its Opening

The Leningrad Rock Club in Photographs. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Its Opening

17 december 2020—10 may 2021

The Leningrad Rock Club was established in early 1981 and has become a true center of attraction for musicians whose art did not fit into the Soviet cultural framework. The Leningrad Rock Club was a sign of the era of upcoming changes in the country and even now, after forty years, it is hardly needed to explain what was its role in the cultural and social life of Leningrad and, more broadly, the country.

A Photographic Perspective on St. Petersburg

A Photographic Perspective on St. Petersburg

2 november—30 november 2020

The exhibition completes the contest organized in cooperation with the Professional Photocenter Foto-One. Photographers were offered to show their view on St. Petersburg without any limitations in technique, genre, or style. The professional jury chose 97 works inspired by this unique city. Each and every photographer participating in the exhibition has his own, real and magical image of St. Petersburg.

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