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PLOT : Since 1996, Estera Milman has been involved in NO!art, preparing exhibitions under the title NO!art AND THE AESTHETICS OF DOOM in Iowa and Chicago. Controversial conversations between Estera and Boris bring the plan to progress. All the levers are set in motion for the realization of the exhibitions at the end of 2001. Time is running out. The controversies rise to the conclusion. Boris agrees. The NO!artworks have to be found, assembled and repaired for the exhibition. In New York, the cockroaches rule. They even eat NO!artworks. They make large holes in the paintings on the stretcher frames. Often they even find the places in the painting that are actually important. Instead, there are now holes to see. No museum wants to have something like that. So repair for the aesthetics in the downfall.
Dietmar and Martin Kirves are supposed to come to Manhattan on September 9 to fix the canvas until the opening on November 9. On September 8, Dietmar unfortunately falls up the stairs on the fourth floor of his Kreuzberg domicile and bruises his right shoulder to the point of immobility. The orthopedist wants to attack with injections. September 9 = Doom Show in downtown Manhattan. Ground zero was done. Clayton films the Piepels because he lives in the neighborhood flying from the 70th floor. Elsa breaks her arm because the cops attacked her while taking pictures in the situation. Who did this doom junk? Die like a lion? Which headquarters wants the doom? The flight to NYC succeeds in early October. Downtown stinks and smokes nis up to Central Park. The NO!art is freed from the cockroaches for transport by Museum Lorry to Chicago. Dietmar Kirves flies alone by fax to the opening of the Doom Show in Illinois. Boris does not want to appear at the show. Clayton can travel at his own expense. Estera Milman and co-workers are terminated from their jobs in Illinois because of the NO!art show despite appeals to the courts. But NO!art exhibitions still take place. Boris continues to write his poetry: My sympathy is with the mouse but I feed the cat. Soon his volume of texts will be printed. The ►mindshots are developing.
NO!art AND THE AESTHETICS OF DOOM - Evanston, IL | Show with artworks by Rocco Armento, Isser Aronovici, Herb Brown, Al D'Arcangelo, Stanley Fisher, Dorothy Gillespie, Sam Goodman, Allan Kaprow, Yayoi Kusama, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Boris Lurie, Lil Picard, and Wolf Vostell | This exhibition has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the friends of Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. | Curator of the Exhibition: Estera Milman ►more
MILMAN, Estera: NO!art and the Aesthetics of Doom, Evanston, IL | | A second non-Pop vein, which specializes in social protest, should also be mentioned, if only to dispel confusion by placing it properly outside Pop Art... these Assemblage, or 'Doom' artists are the political satirists that Pop artists are not. They are all that Pop is not, and proclaimed themselves 'anti-Pop' in February 1964. They are anguished, angry and ot where Pop is cool, detached and assured. They omit nothing from their conglomerations of trash, paint, collage and objects, whereas the Pop artists omit almost everything from their direct presentation, and they are essentially pessimistic where Pop is optimistic. Belligerently romantic, as a group they come as close to Neo-Dada as is possible today. -Lucy Lippard, “New York Pop” ►more
►BRAINSHOTS: Nine Eleven + Alterations + Recreation Area + Marathon Race + Not Be Suitable + Block Museum + Chicago Towers + Aircrash + OK Robots + Bullet Hole
►FEEDBACK: The future? + Sign of life + Boris film + Letter NYPRESS + Submission
►FRONTSHOTS are pictures shot at the NO!art front. Different views from different positions.