Boris Lurie Art Foundation [BLAF] established 2009 by Gertrude Stein

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Director: Gertrude Stein
Co-Directors: William Pepper, fired 2014 | Geo Campanovo | Peter Sprenger
new 2014: Anthony Williams

The Mission of the Boris Lurie Foundation is dedicated to reflect the life, work and aspirations of the Founder and to preserve and promote the NO! ART movement with its focus on the social visionary in art and culture. As its first priority the Foundation will undertake to develop and archive an inventory of the massive work product produced by Boris Lurie as well as the works of other NO! ART artists which are under its control. It will then begin the task of carrying out the restoration of this body of work and develop a plan for bringing it before the public and institutions of learning. Public exhibitions and private shows are to be scheduled and held in selected venues throughout the world.

The Foundation will annually contribute funds in support of projects and undertakings that fall within the scope of the Foundation’s purposes and are in the spirit of Mr Lurie’s bequest. It is therefore anticipated that the projects, programs and activities supported by Foundation grants will include the following:
The development of a program of exhibitions and showings of the art work of Boris Lurie and the NO! ART artists;
The funding and support of unrecognized artists from all over the world and the sponsorship of internship programs in collaboration with selected institutions, universities and institutes;
The acquisition, on a selected basis, of additional works of art compatible with the purposes of the Foundation;
The sponsorship of, and support for, such social action programs and projects as the Directors deem worthy of the Foundation’s support.

Through this range of activity the Boris Lurie Foundation believes it will make a material contribution to the artistic, social and educational life of the community. | (


Dr William PepperDr WILLIAM PEPPER [fired 2013] obtained his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, his Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. (Cum Laude) from Boston College law school. Dr Pepper is a Barrister (non prac.) in England and Wales and is admitted into numerous courts in the United States of America. His primary work is international commercial law. Pepper has represented governments individuals and companies in the Middle East, Africa, South America, and Asia. Dr Pepper, a friend of Dr Martin Luther King in the last year of his life, represented the alleged assassin, James Earl Ray. He subsequently represented the King family in a wrongful death civil suit against Loyd lowers and "other unknown co-conspirators." During a trial that lasted four weeks Pepper produced over seventy witnesses. Mr lowers, testifying by deposition, stated that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat, and not involved in the assassination. Mr Jowers testified that Memphis police officer Earl Clark fired the fatal shots. On December 8, 1999, the Memphis jury found Mr Jowers responsible and found that the assassination plot included also "governmental agencies." The jury took less than an hour to find in favor of the King family for the requested sum of $100. Dr Pepper is heavily involved in Human Rights Law, for a time convening the International Human Rights Seminar at Oxford University, during which time individuals such as Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, accepted invitations to address the seminar. Pepper had never friendship or acquaintance with Boris Lurie's NO!art movement in his life.

Geo CampanovoDr GEO CAMPANOVO was born in Switzerland, where he currently lives with his wife and child. Dr Campanovo completed his Doctorate in Economics at the University of Bern in 1963. while working on his doctorate and for some years after, he was in charge of the finances and accounting department of Verzasca SA, a hydroelectric company. In 1968 he set up a fiduciary office in Chiasso Switzerland and he is the president of Fiduciaria Mega SA which he co-founded in 1969. Mr Campanovo has been very active in Swiss politics during his career, serving in the Ticino Parliament from 1967 to 1991 and in the Swiss National Parliament from 1991 to 1995.

Dr Peter SprengerDr PETER SPRENGER lives in Liechtenstein, he obtained his law degree and doctorate from the University of Zurich. - Dr Sprenger works as a member of the board of directors and partner in the firm of Advocatur Sprenger & Partner AG. During the 1990s Dr Sprenger was appointed to the positions of President of the Verwaltungsbeschwerdeinstanz (Liechtenstein Court of Appeal in Administrative Matters) and later as served as the Vice-President of the Staatsgerichtshof (Liechtenstein (Supreme Court in Constitutional Matters). Dr Sprenger is also active in politics, he was a member of the Liechtenstein Parliament from 1997 to 2005 during which time he also served as Parliamentary spokesperson for his party.

Anthony WilliamsANTHONY WILLIAMS: As a senior partner in DLA Piper's Corporate and Securities group in New York, Mr. Williams works on commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments and financings for American, European and Asian clients. He brings to his practice extensive international experience in financial management, investments, accounting and business development.
Current directorships include AXA Art Insurance, Inc.; Intelligent Engineering, Ltd. (Advisory Board); Mannheim Media LLC; Plymouth Holdings Limited, a British Virgin Islands investment company; R&W Holdings, LLC; Cooper River Partners, LLC; and Senetek PLC, on which he serves as Vice Chairman.
Mr. Williams serves on a number of civic/charitable boards, including as Vice Chairman of the board of HELP USA, Inc., a developer and operator of transitional and low-income housing for the homeless and poor; Chairman of the board of the Harvard/MIT Joint Venture – Health Sciences and Technology; Director of the Friends of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies; Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (Executive Committee); the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences; the German American Chamber of Commerce; and City University of New York – Business Leadership Council.
Williams had never friendship or acquaintance with Boris Lurie's NO!art movement in his life.


Igor SatanovskyIGOR SATANOVSKY is a bilingual Russian-American poet, translator, visual artist, and an award-winning book designer. Born 1969 in Kiev, moved to the United States in 1989, received his BFA in art studio from Brooklyn College in 1994. He is an author of one poetry collection in English, and several poetry collections in Russian. In his work, Satanovsky combines the innovative spirit of Russian Avant-Garde with the cutting edge American poetics. He is currently a Senior Designer at Sterling Publishing; a publisher at Koja Press; and a co-editor of Novaya Kozha, Russian-language magazine. - Satanovsky had never friendship or acquaintance with Boris Lurie's NO!art movement in his life.


Wolfgang LeidholdProf Dr WOLFGANG LEIDHOLD [Curriculum Vitae]: 2013 - 2018 Head of the project Modern Art and the Political Discourse in cooperation with Boris Lurie Art Foundation, New York. Since 2013 Head of the Internationale Eric-Voegelin-Gesellschaft, Munic.h Since 2011 Initiator and head of the cooperation network Global Theory Network. Since 2011 Establishment of the international seminar serials International Seminar on Political Theory. Since 1992 Chair of Political Theory and History of Ideas, INSTITUT FÜR POLITISCHE WISSENSCHAFT UND EUROPÄISCHE FRAGEN, UNIVERSITÄT ZU KÖLN. 2001 - 2010 Head of several government-funded projects on national and EU level: Unirep-Online, evoLearn, SHARE, OpenDock, PolitikON. 2001 Recipient of the “Karl Carstens-Preis” for contributions to research in security policy. 1997 - 2001 Initiator and head of „VIRTUS“ [Virtual University Systems] –, funded by BERTELSMANN STIFTUNG and NIXDORF STIFTUNG. - Leidhold had never friendship or acquaintance with Boris Lurie's NO!art movement in his life.


Rafael VostellRAFAEL VOSTELL: Born 1966, art dealer, sun of Wolf Vostell, lives in Mallorca and works as curator for different bourgeois institutions. He curated the show "Boris Lurie: Anti-Pop" at Nurremberg New Museum in 2017.