Born in Fuerstenwalde, Germany | 1962-68 Studies at Academy of Fine Arts, Kassel, and examination for teaching in artwork and theology | 1964 Public-Mentor at documenta III, Kassel (Germany) | 1969-74 Mixed Media workings with electronical panels, films, sounds, art-sculptures, environments | 1970 Founder of the ►mediacontact-agency with the statement, to keep relations with the public systematically through information and to promote creative cooperation among artists and interested parties, with regard to the social significance of information on art and media research, Duesseldorf | 1970-73 Producer of the booklet series art information [►Joseph Beuys a.o.] and media news [Kraftwerk a.o.] | 1973 Curator for an art-collection with Fluxus works and Vienna actionists for art collector Francesco Conz, Padua, Italy | 1975 moved to Berlin and stopped the contact with the conventional art scene | 1976 worked as a street-sweeper in the Wall-City Berlin | 1975 first contact with Boris Lurie and NO!art | 1978-88 proof-reader in a scientific-press | 1982 started as publisher the plusminuspress with booklet series | 1988 realized together with Boris Lurie the first ►NO!art-anthology at Edition Hundertmark, Cologne | 1989-92 Garbage collector in East-Berlin for documentation the social behavior changing to capitalism after fallen down of the berlin wall | 1993-94 Originator of ►NO!show at NGBK-Berlin | 1996-97 Guest-professor for Visual Communication, University Kassel | 2001 art work preparation for the show ►NO!art and the Aesthetics of Doom at Block Museum in Evanston/ Chicago | 1999 - 2003 co-editor and realizing of the book ►NO!art in Buchenwald with Boris Luries' writings in German Gedichtigtes/Geschriebigtes. ►wikipedia
MY JOBS WHICH I DID TO GET KNOWLEDGE ON HUMAN BEHAVIOR, ON SOCIAL COMMUNITIES, AND ON INDIVIDUAL ACTING: handyman at building firms, assembly line worker, iron foundry worker, street sweaper, bathroom cleaner, school teacher, family assistance, taxi driver, welfare worker, employee organisator, printery corrector, street fighter, computational assistance, electronic repairer, art restorer, human communicator, university professor, spin doctor, tourist guide, public mediator, and assisted dying.—For most of the jobs they paid for me but sometimes I got nothing. What a beauiful world.
BORIS LURIE ABOUT ME:
Teutonic Knight on stalwart horse: hail, here comes Dietmar! Attack injustices, head on—collect, arrange, catalogize, injustices collected—push on, to the self-appointed German Ostland, glorious task! Weed out the Infidel!—though even they be nearly—fidel; shout out and demonstrate! protect your skull from the batons—conceptualize life's War, with the Berliners' sharply poisoned tongue. Clean up the streets, of what has been the Third and one-half Reich, and try to keep them well-brushed clean, in what is now the Global Freedom's Fourth—dressed up in Welfare cleaning-man's Red Garb. Catalogue, photographize, and write the biting lines, computerize and archivize—the Times, you Don Quixote red-wine brimming Knight! Published in: ►NO!art Show No 3, catalog, New York 1998
CLAYTON PATTERSON ABOUT ME: NO! NO! NO! - DON’T DESTROY DIETMAR’S NO!art WEB SITE, in: The Villager, New York, Volume 80, Number 43 | March 24 - 30, 2011
Re: Domain Name Infringement at <no-art.info>
Dear Mr. Kirves:
Our firm is counsel to the Boris Lurie Art Foundation. As you may know, the Boris Lurie Art Foundation (the “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 nave registered the domain name <no-art.info> (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,
►Cc: Gertrude Stein
The Villager has run a couple of articles on Boris Lurie and his NO!art movement. Until 1941 Boris and his family lived in Riga, Latvia. Boris and his father survived four years of Nazi imprisonment. His mother, one sister and grandmother were all murdered by the Nazis. Boris’s art reflected his life experiences. Because his work was too caustic, too rude, too brutally honest and in your face, he was unable to establish a traditional art career.
In the late 1980’s, Boris asked me to be a member of his NO!art movement. NO!art is a form of social art, a protest art. It is anti-art-market trickery — it is about seeking the truth in society and the consequences that telling the truth, as an artist, brings with it.
I did whatever I could to support him. In 1993 I gave Boris and NO!art their first New York City show in 29 years. Over the years, I included him in other art shows, got him a substantial amount of press, published articles in books, helped create a documentary, supported his inclusion in other movies, and, finally, helped get his obituary in ►The New York Times. I did what I could, but the real supporter, the real champion of the NO!art movement and Boris Lurie, is Dietmar Kirves. I was holding down the Western Front (North America) and Dietmar Kirves the Eastern Front (Europe).
Dietmar worked with Boris for more than 30 years. One of Dietmar’s initial projects was the first NO!art anthology, published in 1988 (Hundermark, Cologne, Germany). He then became instrumental in getting numerous other works published. Dietmar was influential in setting into motion the first major museum exhibition of NO!art in Berlin, then followed that with a show at the Buchenwald Memorial Site. (Boris’s and his father’s last camp was Magdeburg, a satellite of Buchenwald).
Dietmar has accumulated the largest archive of communications with Boris, as well as other material associated with NO!art. But his more serious, publicly accessible work in support of NO!art is the NO!art Web site. The site, which was created at Boris’s request in 1999, is a wealth of material that has helped to educate people all over the world about the history, ambitions and social significance of NO!art. It was with Boris’s oversight that Dietmar turned the written page into a veritable virtual archive for the movement.
Dietmar, now retired, spends just about all of his time dedicated to working on the Web site. The site averages more than 80,000 visits a month (►http://no-art.info/statistics.html), and has more than 3,000 back-links connected to universities, newspapers and other movements. When Boris was alive, he gave Dietmar a stipend per month to run the site and create an archive. After his death, when the money stopped, my wife, Elsa, and I sent some money whenever we could. But it was devastating to have this small amount of money cut off.
Why would anyone — particularly an uptown New York City art dealer by the name of Gertrude Stein — want to destroy Dietmar’s work, eliminate the public access to the valuable but obscure content of this site, cut out of history and public recognition any connection to Dietmar Kirves and NO!art? Other than a couple of art shows in the 1960’s, Stein did very little to further the NO!art movement or Boris Lurie’s art career. Stein, a casual, on-again-off-again friend of Boris’s, was mysteriously able to take control over the Boris Lurie estate. Turns out that the Boris Lurie estate is worth $80 million (►ARTnews, April 2010).
Stein set up the Boris Lurie Foundation with the mandate to provide art-related services to preserve and promote the legacy of Boris Lurie and the NO!art movement. This is exactly what Kirves has spent much of his adult life working on — so my conclusion is that this hostile takeover is about the potential gain of money. The foundation is made up of four partners — one in Liechtenstein (►Dr. Peter Sprenger, a politician); one in Switzerland (►Dr. Geo Campanovo, another politician); one who jumps back and forth between London and New York City (►Dr. Pepper, a lawyer); and Gertrude Stein in New York. There are no artists — or anyone connected to the NO!art movement — on the foundation.
It is curious that the foundation, since it is dedicated to preserving NO!art, has done nothing to get in contact with me about that section of my archive, which includes extensive video, photography and other ephemera related to NO!art and Boris Lurie. And it seems that the foundation has no interest or respect for Dietmar’s archive. Without permission, they skilfully removed some articles from the Web site, and then reproduced them in catalogues for two recent art shows, leaving no trace or sign that the articles could be traced back to Dietmar’s Web site.
Does this mean that I can trademark Pop Art or Dada, and then lay claim to everything related to these art movements? This is a self-centered attitude completely inappropriate for the legacy of any deceased artist, especially one who dedicated his life to rebelling against these kinds of institutions and who would not stand for this sort of injustice. And for what? For $80 million! We need more NO!art movements. It is time for people to stand up and be counted — that was Boris’s dream.
related: ►manipulation by Boris Lurie Art Foundation