The Center for Contemporary Political Art
Boris Lurie In America: He Had The Courage To Say NO!
CCPA is a groundbreaking gallery based in Washington, DC devoted to exhibiting work that empowers artists to express their political views and use their creativity and talent to engage in the political process. CCPA approached RMC to design the catalogue and branding for their new exhibit “Boris Lurie In America: He Had The Courage To Say NO!”
RMC had the opportunity to dive deep into Boris’ work and get down to the exact nature of his political statements. The resulting bold brand identity speaks to Boris’ instinct to shout NO! to the injustices and atrocities that plague our world. It was an honor to be able to call attention to the work of this groundbreaking artist. “Boris Lurie In America” is on display through April 26, 2020 at CCPA's gallery (916 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20001).
A contemporary of Rauschenberg, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Johns, Boris Lurie arrived in New York in 1946, having survived nearly four years in Hitler’s concentration camps. He was just 21. Over the next 60 years, his art became his life, his refuge, his therapy, and his means of protesting the racism, anti-Semitism, and social hypocrisy he encountered in the United States with its Cold War nuclear rivalry with the Soviet Union and its interventionist policies abroad. This exhibition, a retrospective look at Lurie’s political art created between 1959 and 1964, shows the breadth and depth of his concerns.
In 1959, Boris Lurie, Sam Goodman and Stanley Fisher founded the NO!Art movement, reflecting Lurie’s views that artists should use their talent to protect and defend the interests of the people in the communities and countries where they live. Boris Lurie’s legacy, his art and his courage, serves as an inspiration for artists everywhere to express their political views in their art, to increase awareness and understanding of the political issues we’re confronted with today.