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NO!art ANTHOLOGY

Edited by BORIS LURIE und SEYMOUR KRIM

Compiled by Dietmar Kirves (Berlin) and Boris Lurie (New York)
Edition Hundertmark | Cologne 1988 | 530 p. | 284 picts | 20.5 x 15 cm | Paperback | English/German

NO!art Anthology l flip through the book
With contributions by Louis Aragon,
Isser Aronovici, Dore Ashton, Erje Ayden,
Gregory Battcock, Herb Brown, Al Brunelle,
Iris Clert, Fielding Dawson, Allan D'Arcangelo,
De Hirsh Margules, Dov Or-Ner, Erro,
John Fisher, Stanley Fisher,
Gerard Gassiot-Talabot, Dorothy Gillespie,
Esther Morgenstern Gilman, Augustus Goertz,
Sam Goodman, Thomas B. Hess,
Marcel Janco, Wolfgang Kahlke,
Elmer L. Kline, Seymour Krim, Yayoi Kusama,
Jean-Jacques Lebel, Boris Lurie,
Mario de Micheli, Jack Micheline,
Brian O'Doherty, Lil Picard, Harold Rosenberg,
Barry N. Schwartz, Arturo Schwarz,
Emanuel K. & Reta Shaknove Schwartz,
Paul Simon, Gertrude Stein, Michelle Stuart,
Jean Toche, Wolf Vostell, Stella Waitzkin,
Ray Wisniewski und Tom Wolfe.
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Dedicated to Sam Goodman knight brother-in-arms riding into battle NO!art banner unfurled, fallen not in mortal combat unfortunately but rotted by disease; resting for fourteen years now in his Nordic grave. Dedicated as well to K-9 longhair German Shepherd by name Punch, a female arms carrier since birth in 1965 up to 1977 twelve whole long dog-years, now retired, hard of hearing, weak of eye and wrought by disease.

Preface by Boris Lurie:In preparation since 1969 - rejected so far by publishers - this slender volume finally sees the light of day nineteen years after the untimely death of Goodman - the first published collection of essays on NO!art. No understanding of Radical - as opposed to market-oriented art - is possible without background information on NO!art, it occupies the strategic juncture where artistic production and socio-cultural action meet. This volume deals mainly with the collective period from about 1960 to 1964; individual earlier seminal works dating from about 1955 and individual later works dealing with "Women's Liberation", the new anti-Semitism, post revolutionary violence, post revolutionary sadomasochism are included. The origins of NO!art sprout from the Jewish experience, struck root in the world's largest Jewish community New York, a product of armies, concentration camps, Lumpenproletariat artists. Its targets are the hypocritical intelligentsia, capitalist culture manipulation, consumerism, American and other Moloch’s. Their aim total unabashed self-expression in art leading to social involvement. Collective confrontation artists as early as the Peace Demonstrations of 1961-62. No lighthearted Duchampesque Dadaists, Neodadaists, or "pop-artists"; no consumerism's middleclass nor Nouveau Riche Liberals' neuter background makers. But believers in the unfashionable notion of Art with a capital "A". - This is a very short version - we hope for eventual publication of a complete version with full illustrations and bibliography of NO!art: Pinups, Excrement, Protest, Jew-art.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ARAGON, Louis: Letter (1970)
ARONOVICI, Isser: Partnershit (1969)
 — — : Surviving Nazi, Postscript to "Partnershit" (1970)
ASHTON, Dore: Merde, Alors! (1969)
AYDEN, Erje: Goodman & Lurie and CO. (1972)
BATTCOCK, Gregory: Anti-Art and Outlaw-Art (1969)
BRUNELLE, Al: The Beautiful Ugliness that Refused to go a way (1970)
CLERT, Iris: Letter (1970)
D'ARCANGELO, Allan: Preface "Paintings of the Early Sixties" (1978)
DAWSON, Fielding: The March (1970)
DE HIRSH MARGULES: Guest book Entry, NO!Show (1963)
DOOM SHOW, New York (Nov. 1961)
FISHER, Stanley: Vulgar Show Statement (1960)
 — — : Doom Show Statement (1961)
 — — : Involvement Show Statement (1961)
 — — : Spasm (1959)
GASSIOT-TALABOT, Gerard: NO-Artists rebel (1973)
GOERTZ, Augustus: Involvement Show Statement (1961)
GOODMAN, Sam: Doom Show Statement (1961)
— — : Involvement Show Statement (1961)
— — : Notes (1967)
HESS, Thomas B.: Introduction Italian Shows (1962)
JANCO, Marcel: Goodman n'est plus (1973)
KLINE, Elmer L.: Artists are Crop (1972)
KRIM, Seymour: Epitaph for a Canadian Kike (1971)
 — — : NO!Show (1963)
LURIE, Boris: Contribution to "Recycling" Exhibition (1975)
 — — : Curse Works 1972-73 (1975)
 — — : Involvement Show Statement (1961)
 — — : Les Lions Show Introduction (1960)
 — — : Letter to Mr. Hess (1962)
 — — : Shit NO! (1970)
 — — : Stanley Fisher, Mysterious to the End (1980)
— — : Statement for the NO Posters Anti-Pop Posters Show (1964)
MICHELI, Mario de: An American Rebellion (1962)
MICHELINE, Jack: A Shot in the Arm (1970)
 — — : Eyes (1971)
O'DOHERTY, Brian: Introduction (1971)
OR-NER, Dov: Invitation to "Recycling" Exhibition (1975)
PICARD, Lil: Yes & No Thoughts (1970)
ROSENBERG, Harold: Bull by the Horns (1974)
SCHWARTZ, Barry N.: Outline for Article (1970)
SCHWARZ, Arturo: Outline for a Projected Text (1970)
SHACKNOVE SCHWARTZ, Emanuel K. & Reta: NO!art (1973)
SIMON, Paul: Art and the Alternative Media (1971)
Statement for the Exhibition "Art and Politics" (1970)
STUART, Michelle: NO is an Involvement (1961)
TOCHE, Jean: Towards a New Humanism (1970)
VOSTELL, Wolf: No Blood please (1977)
WOLFE, Tom: Interview: Sculpt & Local (1964)

Artists Participating in Shows and Manifestations
NO!art Exhibitions
Esthetic, Procedural, Material Innovations
About the Authors

Plates with images of art works from Isser Aronovici, Herb Brown, Allan D'Arcangelo, Erro/Ferro, John Fischer, Stanley Fisher, Dorothy Gillespie, Esther Gilman, Sam Goodman, Elmer L. Kline, Yaoi Kusama, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Boris Lurie, Lil Picard, Gertrude Stein, Michelle Stuart, Jean Toche, Wolf Vostell, Stella Waitzkin, Ray Wisniewski.

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