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Boris Lurie: Stenciled ON NO, 1969
BORIS LURIE | Works WITH NO: NO stenciled, 1969 | oil on cardboard, 54 x 95 cm

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ART IS NOT A MIRROR to reflect the world in, but a hammer with which to shape it. Vladimir Mayakovsky

BY RETURNING to the past . . . he purchased sufficient security, to confront the chaos of the future. Thomas Stearns Eliot

THE NEW LANGUAGE OF ART is not the all embracing language of the establishment but the meta language of total negation; a negation which transcends even revolutionary action . . . Art must be beyond all establishment, even the revolutionary establishment . . . a language of opposition resistance and protest. Herbert Marcuse

THE PRICE FOR COLLABORATION IN ART IS — as in the concentration camps — excremental suffocation. It is not by submission, coolness, apathy, boredom that great art is created — no matter what the cynics tell us. The secret ingredient is what is most difficult to learn - courage. Boris Lurie

More NO rests on STRONGER YES. Martin Kirves

NO is rational and the rational is NO. Dietmar Kirves

SAYING YES to NO. Douglas Century

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NO!art ORIGINALLY GENERATED BY A FORCE OF TOTAL REJECTION has sprouted elsewhere into a movement of purification and affirmation. The NO!artists had lived underground all right - their exhibits even took place in basements only - and their art too was kept below ground, bound and gagged, suppressed almost forgotten. Most of its members had been finally silenced having beaten their heads bloody against hard stone walls, had ceased working publicly or had died, or continue struggling in the arts, or have switched to other pursuits. Yet someplace else in same and other media, the planted seed had continued growing and multiplying by the hundreds in the four corners of the world. Boris Lurie: Shit NO!

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NO!art  occupies the strategic juncture where artistic production meets socio-cultural action. NO!art targets are the hypocritical intelligentsia, capitalist culture manipulation and consumerism. NO!art aims total unabashed self-expression in art leading to social involvement.

NO!art  is anti worldmarket-investment art: art-worldmarket-investment art equals cultural manipulation.

NO!art  is against "clinical", "scientific" estheticisms: (such estheticisms are not art).

NO!art  is against the pyramiding of artworldmarket-investment-fashion-decorations ("minimal", "color field", "conceptual"): such games-decorations are the sleeping pills of culture. It is against "phantasy" in the service of the artmarket.

NO!art  is against all artworldmarket "salon" art.

NO!art  is anti Pop-art: Pop-art is reactionary — it celebrates the glories of consumer society, and it mocks only at what the lower classes consume — the can of soup, the cheap shirt. Pop-art is chauvinistic. It sabotages and detracts from a social art for all.

NO!art  is anti chauvinistic: (Domination by any national "school" is based mainly on the size of investment capital available. Domination by any national "school" is equivalent to cultural imperialism).

NO!art  is the crisis art of cultural suffocation.

NO!art  is socially relevant personal expression it is social art, it is protest art, it is political art, it is anti-art (anti artmarket art).

NO!art  naturally creates new esthetic forms or naturally operates within contemporary esthetic forms. Form (style) naturally derives from content, esthetic innovation is but a by-product of free unhampered expression.

NO!art  abhors the "clinical", "scientific", pseudo-esthetic search for "esthetic innovation".

NO!art  opened up and influenced certain artworldmarket deviations for which it cannot be held responsible. It is at the misgrown root of artworldmarket Pop-art, of certain present day erotic-escapist, and horror-for-the-sake-of-horror work.

NO!art  influenced positively present day political art, underground press and underground films and comics, "subversive" advertising in underground press, art (guerrilla) action groups, events of social content.

NO!art  fighting since 1959 from within the Lion's Mouth in New York City.

NO!art  ruthlessly suppressed and decimated but not eliminated or exterminated by artworldmarket suppression.

NO!art  from Pinups to Excrement: a social art rebellion.

NO!art  is "programmatic", through theme shows and manifestations freely growing within co-operative group effort. Each show, manifestation, naturally pointing towards next activity.

NO!art  attempts to influence life through art and therefore calls for quick strategic artistic response.

NO!art  done from the gut, is not an artistic occupation.

The time for YES!art is not at all at hand.

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