Centered around Boris Lurie's earliest work, the so-called War Series, as well as never-before-exhibited objects and ephemera from Lurie’s personal archive, the exhibition presents a portrait of an artist reckoning with devastating trauma, haunting memories, and an elusive, lifelong quest for freedom.
Boris Lurie (1924–2008) was born in Leningrad, Russia, in 1924, and grew up in a cosmopolitan Jewish family in Riga, Latvia. Six weeks after imprisoning the family in a ghetto, the Nazis and auxiliary Latvian officers massacred the artist’s grandmother, mother, sister, and girlfriend with approximately 25,000 other Jews in the Rumbula forest. Lurie and his father survived the rest of the war in a series of labor and concentration camps. In 1946, Lurie immigrated to New York
Image: Boris Lurie, Liberation of Magdeburg, 1946 / courtesy of the Boris Lurie Art Foundation