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On Aug 11, 2009 at 13:40 Gertrude Stein wrote:
Subject: The Boris Lurie Foundation website (http://borislurieartfoundation.org/)
To: a.tijhuis@rechten.vu.nl; alan.faufel@bonhams.com; andrew@wilsonauctions.com
CC: alan@doylenewyork.com; ami33go@hotmail.com; christine@clfinearts.com

Director: Gertrude Stein
Co-Directors: William Pepper, fired 2014 + Geo Campanovo + Peter Sprenger
new 2011: 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.

Contact: info@borislurieart.org

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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. 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.

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 Staff

Portrait John WronoskiJOHN WRONOSKI: I am a reluctant merchant (reluctant in the sense of being one at all, not that I have any hesitation in parting with materials under my control) in the sphere of culture, including rare books and manuscripts, literary archives, and fine art. I have dealt in these fields at a rarified international level for more than thirty years. I have helped scores of writers, artists, publishers, and scholars place their literary archives in appropriate institutional repositories, and I will happily share my expertise in that realm with you if you are contemplating the sale of your own literary papers. I have bought and sold, or mediated the sale, of many of the most extraordinary rare books, manuscripts, and collections to have come to the market in our time. My business is distinguished from that of most of my colleagues by its conscientious attention to the larger cultural significance of the work in which we deal, and my competence to remark on such matters at all. You can surmise from the foregoing that we are not primarily motivated by profit. Some business, you might well conclude. As I said, I am only a reluctant businessman, but I am the kind who will do justice, commercial and otherwise, to important material you might wish to sell. Our more than 100 catalogues devoted to rare books, manuscripts, and art will convey a very clear sense of our orientation and the depth and sensitivity with which we engage the material with which we deal.

Igor SatanovskyBLAF COORDINATOR NEW YORK: 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.

Wolfgang LeidholdBLAF COORDINATOR GERMANY: Prof 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, 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, University Cologne.
2001 - 2010 Head of several government-funded projects on national and EU level: Unirep-Online, evoLearn, SHARE, OpenDock, Politik.
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.
ATTENTIOMN: Leidhold had never friendship or acquaintance with Boris Lurie's NO!art movement in his life.

James CavelloJAMES CAVELLO is President and co-owner of Westwood Gallery NYC, established in 1995. The gallery program represents artists ranging from downtown NY artists, Boris Lurie, Charles Hinman to exclusive artists estates, Will Insley, James Juthstrom and premiere exhibitions such as Andy Warhol, and NY Artists from the 1960’s.
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 --- https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-cavello-47487b17

Rafael VostellBLAF SENIOR ADVISOR RAFAEL VOSTELL: Born 1966, art dealer, son of Wolf Vostell, lives in Mallorca/Spain and works as curator for different 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 Nurremberg New Museum in 2017.
Art Trust based in Bad Nauheim is registered in the Creditreform company database with the business activity 'Retail sale of art, pictures, craftwork, stamps, coins and gifts in specialised stores'. Its current status is listed 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.

OpOrtrait Kissina and SteinBLAF CO-WORKER JULIA KISSINA was born in 1966 in Kiev, 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.
A longtime member of the Moscow Conceptualist movement and one of the best known authors of Russian literary avant-garde, Kissina had been a regular contributor to the two of Russia's Samizdat literature journals, "Obscuri Viri" and "Mitin Journal". Her début short novel "Of the Dove's Flight Over the Mud of Phobia" (1992), became a cult hit of "Samizdat". Kissina's poetry and prose subsequently appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the much-translated anthology of modern Russian literature, "Russian Flowers of Evil" (1997). Her first collection of stories in German "Vergiss Tarantino" (tr: Forget Tarantino) was published in 2005, the same year as her children’s book "Milin und der Zauberstift" (tr: Milin and the Magic Pencil). Her style, characterized by whimsical humor, precise observations of social conflicts and a distinct sense of the absurd, can be described as auto-fictional fabulism. An essential theme of her work is "civilization and its discontents". Despite intertextual experiments with words and subjects, her books are intricately plotted. Her novel "Frühling auf dem Mond" (2013, tr: Springtime on the Moon) draws from her childhood in the 1970s Kiev, exploring the tragic dynamic between surreal perception and bureaucratic despotism. Written in a similar style, her novel "Elephantinas Moskauer Jahre" (2016, tr: Elephantina’s Moscow Years) is a coming-of-age story about a young woman who moves to Moscow to explore the depths of the artistic underground in search of true poetry Julia Kissina 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. more

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50 CENTRAL PARK WEST, NEW YORK, NY 10023-6006 | Tax-exempt since May 2009
EIN: 98-0590515
Classification (NTEE)
Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (Arts, Culture and Humanities)

Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.

Donations to this organization are tax deductible.

Source: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/980590515

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Amikam Goldman wrote to Dietmar and Clayton on Aug 11, 2009: this came today, I had the feeling for a long time, she is holding the cards covered, deep under her arm . . . but still - this hits me as a big surprised, what a joke... is this thing for real? . . .

Clayton Patterson wrote to Amikam and Dietmar on Aug 11, 2009: it is real or not real- who knows? I know I was on a committee and I no longer am. I know that Boris thought that Gertrude, although a friend, was crazy- I know that Gertrude works with Estera and thinks that NO!art ended in the late 50's early 60's. I know that Gertrude cannot do anything in terms of promoting or making bigger what already exists. I know that Gertrude has never created an artists that she is secondary market. I know that Gertrude never dealt with anyone I know of. I know that this is a shock. I am not sure what it means- what it implies to me is that there is an estate and they control it——

Gertrude Stein wrote to Dietmar Kirves on Sep 26, 2009: If you have any projects to promote the work and career of Boris Lurie, please let us know what it is, and what the costs are. We are very anxious to get the No Art movement moving around the world.

Clayton Patterson wrote to Amikam Goldman on Nov 6, 2009: Ami something really is getting suspicious here- and I have written emails to Gertrud and Dr. Pepper the lawyer and have not been getting any responses back- and the less I hear back on this the more I wonder what is going on-- what happened to the money the movers found? Why are there two foundations? What happened with the first foundation? How do the solicitations like the one in the Villager have anything to do with Boris and NO!art? Why since we had agreed in the meetings to support Dietmar has he not been given his stipend? Why has there not been any committee meetings? Why has there not even been a memorial for Boris it any kind of recognition of his death? Why is no one is paying any attention to or giving any respect to Boris and who he was? Why is the foundation now deciding to give away money by soliciting people to apply for grants, but no paying the agreed upon fees to the upkeep of the Boris NO!art archives? Does the foundation have to solicit people to apply for grants because no one has any idea of what would support No!art? Why solicit the public when the public does not even know what NO!art is?

Amikam Goldman wrote to Clayton Patterson on Nov 12, 2009: this is what i think on the situation. but first let me tell you that i am not in touch with anyone from the "involved" persons.

I get Emails from you and Dietmar from time to time, Mathiahas sent me his film (a year ago) and we wrote to each other few mails, and Gertrude... you know when she writes you something, it is not more than 1 line... maybe 2 lines... you can't really dig much out of that. - the few times she actually did wrote something, was when Boris was in the hospital, and she gave about once a month an "up-date" about his condition. I must say I started to suspect her since then. I believe she started to "plan" things back then.

this is what I know - there is only ONE foundation, the one Gertrude is the head of the foundation. I know there was some court going on for many months after Boris death. I only assume that was Gertrude fighting Mr. Nedelman about Boris's "last" will. Mathiahs wrote me long time ago that he is NOT the head of the foundation, and I knew about the court. so I think that everything was "frozen" for a long time, and since Gertrude published out her new foundation, I guess she won the court. she has the whole control... i do know that Gertrude and Nedlman where in touch (when boris was still "alive" in the hospital, Nedelman paid me for making DVD copies, after Gertrude requested it.

I think the "first" foundation is not active and - never was... no committee meetings, and no money for dietmar...

When she published the foundation, few months ago, I wrote her that she should pay Dietmar for the AMAZING work he does for the website. she wrote me back ( in one line... ) that if he wants - he should apply for it... that was a big sad joke, I think... in her website, she publish few articles about boris and NO!art - I'm sure that what she did was: "copy-paste" from Dietmar's website.

I do believe it's a big tragedy of great loss... I don't truly believe she wants to "work" NO!art out....
I think that her mind works in totaly different way than yours, dietmar's and mine...
to be continued . . .

Gertrude Stein wrote to Dietmar Kirves on Feb 25, 2010: I know how much Boris admired your website, and I would like to be in touch to work with you now that we are established. please contact me

Gertrude Stein wrote to Dietmar Kirves on Apr 22, 2010: trying to access your website.

Dietmar Kirves wrote to Gertrude Stein on Apr 29, 2010: dear gertrude --- please excuse my late answer. i am in hard working with my archives. time is running, dead is coming. next year i'm seventy. the days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years. [psalm 90:10; kjv]. i want to give all my documents including the NO!art to a museum. and now i have to prepare all the things. my website access is http://no-art.info since february 2000. in the moment the website contains 8.089 data files. last month i registered 96 thousand hits on my page. the interest in NO!art is growing more and more. if you put NO!art in the common search machines you will always find the results on first page and first place. but i don't know how long i can pay for the expenses. until 2006 boris supported me and my art work every month with 400 dollars. since that time i get nothing. nobody of the board staff give an answer, although boris concluded that my work should be supported after his death.
did you know who had the right on boris artworks?
did you know where boris artworks are at the time?
did you know if rene frank works with boris' art property?
maybe i will come this year to new york to see
what is going on with boris works and his friends.
best greetings from berlin dietmar

Clayton Patterson wrote on May 25, 2010: To answer your question about what is now called the Foundation. I do not think that Boris even knew these people who are on the Foundation. I think that Gertrude started this new Foundation. I do not believe that the Foundation members have much insight into Boris’s history. How can they? Dietmar and I have the records? The communications- binders full- video tape recordings - photos and other ephemera. They have not even inquired into the content or substance as to what we have. How curious can they be about Boris’s history? I think that they are just after the 80- million dollars. That is it.
After Boris passed, I was at the first Foundation meeting, which was held in Mr. Richard Nadelman’s office. Mr. Nadelman was Boris’s lawyer. What came about in the end was NOT what Boris had in mind.
There are serious reasons that Dr. Pepper, Gertrude, and he others want to shut out any connection to Dietmar and myself- we have the mother lode of Boris content. Much documentation on Boris. They want to make up what Boris did and said. It will take time but eventually all will come out in the wash.
I appreciate your questions-
thanks clayton

Gertrude Stein wrote on Jan 8, 2012: Boris died on the 8th of January, four years ago. It is a moment of sadness for all who knew and cared for him.
We are carrying out his plans for the foundation, and have achieved a great deal in this short time.
Now our work will be a Lurie Foundation building. The property he owned for many years, which he called STUDIO HOUSE will be a monument to the movement he believed in and struggled for his entire life.
On January 6, 2012, Rocco Armento passed away, his oldest friend and collaborator for more then 50 years.

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