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TAGGED Co-Director Williams + Williams as Storyteller + Williams as Letter Writer
Board: William Pepper + Geo Camapanovo + Peter Sprenger + Joi Grieg
Co-workers: John Wronoski + Igor Satanovsky + Wolfgang Leidhold
+ Rafael Vostell + James Cavello + Julia Kissina

Anthony WilliamsCo-Director Anthony Williams
—Gertrude Stein's servant and shyster

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. [see likewise: Bertolt Brecht - The Threepenny Opera]

COMMENT: Williams was neither a friend of Boris Lurie nor he had any knowledge of the NO!art movement before he was hired by Gertrude Stein as a testamentary alterator. His first meeting with Boris was on Boris deathbed at the hospital. What a wonderful adventure for such a takeover of a low-income-estate!

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at Jewish Museum Berlin on Feb 26, 2016

williams and Leidhold

Hear what Anthony Williams speaks on press meeting
at Jewish Museum Berlin on February 26, 2016

Press release:

FOCUS [Munich] . . . Today the foundation named after Boris Lurie administers his estate. William says, only a few have been sold of the approximately 3000 works. This would have allowed them to assess the value of the works. In the future, Lurie's art is going on a journey round the world. According to the museum, this exhibition is the largest to have been shown posthumously. The show runs until the end of July. At the beginning there is a quote from the artist. It says: "If you have eyes and can think, you will see something new here."dpa

Jüdische Allgemeine [Berlin]: . . . By the way, contrary to his anti-commercial positions, Lurie had successfully speculated on the stock market. William says, when he died in 2008, he left around 100 million US dollars, but he has no inheritances. His assets as well as around 3000 paintings, of which Lurie had never sold one and some of which are in great need of restoration, went to the foundation. "If my art is not shown, it is as if I had not lived at all," Lurie said at the time.

Tagesspiegel [Berlin]: . . .Foundation takes action against Lurie's friends . . . But the "Boris Lurie Art Foundation" has registered the term as a trademark and is taking action against other "NO!art" artists and friends of Lurie, including Dietmar Kirves, who runs an extensive encyclopedia of the group on the Internet and reports that the foundation is accusing him of infringing on their intellectual property and is threatening him with legal action. . . . The Berlin retrospective is the beginning of an offensive, the starting point of a worldwide exhibition tour. The value of Lurie's paintings increases. Dietmar Kirves accuses the foundation of hardly promoting young artists who are close to "NO!art", as Lurie expressly demanded. When asked about the current scholarship holders, board member Anthony Williams was unable to name any names at the press conference on the exhibition.

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Friendy letter writer ANTHONY WILLIAMS

New York on February 24, 2011

see original | send by Federal Express envelope

Dear Mr. Kirves:

Our firm is counsel to the BORIS LURIE ART FOUNDATION (the "Foundation"). As you may know, the Boris Lurie Art Foundation is an organization that provides art-related services to preserve and promote the legacy of Boris Lurie and the NO!ART movement. In connection therewith, the Foundation has long­standing trademark rights in the NO!ART TRADEMARK (the "Mark") and owns numerous international and U.S. trademark registrations and applications. The Mark is very valuable to the Foundation and, as a result, the Foundation has developed specific guidelines relating to any and all uses of the Mark and assiduously polices the use of the same.

It has recently come to our attention that, despite the Foundation's rights in and to the Mark, you have registered the domain name (the "Domain Name"), which is confusingly similar to the Mark. Please note that the manner of your registration and use of the Domain Name, in our opinion, constitutes "bad faith" under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. Accordingly our client will be entitled to expedited transfer of the domain name registration via ICANN arbitration.

To that end, our client demands that you immediately take any and all action required to transfer the registration of the Domain Name, as well as any and all other domain names comprised of our client's names or marks or variations thereof that you have registered, to the Boris Lurie Art Foundation, If we do not receive express written confirmation of your compliance by March 15, 2011, our client will pursue other legal remedies.

Please note that this letter is made without prejudice to any other rights or remedies that may be available to the Boris Lurie Art Foundation. Nothing contained herein should be deemed a waiver, admission or license by the Boris Lurie Art Foundation, and the Boris Lurie Art Foundation expressly reserves the right to assert any other factual or legal positions as additional facts come to light, or as the circumstances warrant.

Very truly yours,
Anthony Williams
Cc: Gertrude Stein
Catherine Warwick | Asst. to Anthony Williams
DLA Piper LLP (US) | 1251 Avenue of the Americas | New York, New York 10020-1104

COMMENT: This fucked up Lawyer is a menial of Gertrude Stein. They both changed Lurie's Last Will. I work more than 30 years together with Boris Lurie to bring NO!art on the light. Now they work against Lurie's ideas with the stolen money from him. What a wonderful fortune in history. Very truly your Dietmar Kirves.

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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. [NOTE: Pepper had never friendship or acquaintance with Boris Lurie and the NO!art movement.] more

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. [NOTE: Campanovo was never in friendship or acquaintance with Boris Lurie and his NO!art movement.]

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. [NOTE: Sprenger was never in friendship or acquaintance with Boris Lurie and his NO!art movement.]

Portrait Joi GriegJOI GRIEG has been a technologist and futurist for more than 30 years, having retired as Deputy Chief Technology Officer at IBM and served on government non-profit organizations as a Senior Fellow as well as a Board member at health and adoption organizations. She continues to consult and is active in associations. Joi pursued her doctorate in Technology and completed the Executive CIO program at University of Maryland University College, received her M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977, and her B.A. in International Management in 1975 from San Francisco State University. In her student days, she was active in drama and poetry.
Joi Grieg has been involved with art and the NO!artists most of her life. Her first meeting with Boris Lurie was in 1963 at Gallery Gertrude Stein's NO!show and that relationship continued through the early 2000s. Through her father, Michael Grieg, a Beat poet in San Francisco, she knew Seymour Krim and Sam Goodman starting in the 1960s. She continues to be active in the Washington, D.C. area through volunteer and other activities with organizations like the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress.

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BLAF co-workers

Portrait John WronoskiCopywriter JOHN WRONOSKI John Wronoski is a former antiquarian bookseller, art dealer, and curator. He is the author of the book-length exhibition catalogue, Boris Lurie: A Life in the Camps, and has essays in numerous art-related publications, most recently, Heide Hatry’s Icons in Ash (Station Hill Press). He specializes in literature, and primary works in the history of ideas in English, German, French, Spanish, and Russian. His shop, Lame Duck Books, contains the most significant selection of 19th and 20th century Spanish language literature in the world, and important originals of 17th and 18th century English poetry. In addition to performing the traditional role of bookseller, John serves as agent in the institutional placement of archives for some of the 20th Century's most important authors. [NOTE: Boris has neither told us anything about John Wronoski nor mentioned him in any context nor introduced him to us in order to promote NO!art.] more

Igor SatanovskyCo-ordinator IGOR 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. [NOTE: During his lifetime Boris did not give us any information about Igor or mention him in any way.]

Wolfgang LeidholdCo-ordinator in Germany: Prof. Dr. WOLFGANG LEIDHOLD 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, Munich. 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, Politik. On 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. [NOTE: Leidhold was neither a friend of Boris Lurie, nor did he have any knowledge of the NO!art movement, nor did he have any involvement with Boris. Picked up by Gertrude during the Lurie exhibition at Chelsea Museum 2011.]

Rafael VostellSenior Advisor RAFAEL VOSTELL:Born in 1966, art dealer, son of Wolf Vostell, lives in Mallorca and works as a curator for various bourgeois institutions. Managing Director of the WOLF VOSTELL ESTATE. Member of the board of the MUSEUM VOSTELL MALPARTIDA. He curated the show "Boris Lurie: Anti-Pop" at the Neues Museum Nuremberg 2017. The Art Trust, based in Bad Nauheim, is registered in the Creditreform company database with the business activity "Retail trade with art, pictures, handicrafts, stamps, coins and gifts in specialized trade". The current status is shown as active. The official company name is Rafael Vostell Kunsthandel und Kunstgalerie Art Trust. One director currently runs the company: 1 owner. The company has 2 locations. [NOTE: During a visit with Boris to Rafael Vostell's gallery in Berlin's Knesebeckstrasse in 1998, Rafael rejected an exhibition of Boris Lurie's works because the selling prices were too high. Now he is a reputable consultant to Gertrude Stein.]

James CavelloDealer JAMES CAVELLO is president and co-owner of Westwood Gallery NYC, which was founded in 1995. The gallery's program includes artists ranging from Downtown NY Artists, Boris Lurie, Charles Hinman to exclusive artist bequests, Will Insley, James Juthstrom and first exhibitions such as Andy Warhol and 1960s NY artists. Specialties: Leadership management + Corporate consulting + Art acquisitions + Art Collections + Site-specific projects + Art and corporate branding concepts + Curate gallery and traveling exhibitions + Corporate art appraising + Technology art innovation + New international business development + Real Estate collaboration + Art marketing + New media + International art promotion + Art Fairs + Art Finance + Art Lectures + Secondary Art buying / selling + Art film production. more

OpOrtrait Kissina and Stein Artist JULIA KISSINA wasborn in 1966 in Kyiv, Ukraine, to a Jewish family, and studied dramatic writing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, also known as VGIK. A political refugee, she immigrated to Germany in 1990, where she later graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She is also known as a visual artist, having devoted herself to conceptual photography in the 1990s. In 2000, she herded an actual flock of sheep into the Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt as part of a performance. She also co-curated the Art & Crime Festival at the Hebbel Theater, Berlin, in 2003 and performed in a German prison. In 2006 she created The Dead Artist's Society, which held séances to conduct "Dialogues with Classics" such as Duchamp and Malevich. [NOTE:Julia works as a translator for Gertrude. Among other things she translated Boris' story HOUSE OF ANITA from English into Russian. In the same way, she also supposedly arranges Boris' manuscripts in order to bring them into an understandable readable form.] more

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