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John Lurie—musician, actor, producer and, most recently, exhibiting painter—was born in Minneapolis in 1952. Having first emerged in the late 1970s as a saxophone player leading the avant-garde New York jazz group the Lounge Lizards, Lurie has since established himself time and time again as a formidable presence in the New York cultural scene. Recognizable from his scoring and acting, Lurie has scored over 20 films and starred in several cult film and TV classics, including Stranger than Paradise, Down By Law, and Fishing with John, which he also wrote and directed. He was nominated for a Grammy award for the score of Get Shorty. Lurie has been a visual artist since the 1970s, and has exhibited his works at Anton Kern Gallery and Roebling Hall, New York, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, Galerie Lelong, Zurich, the Montreal Musuem of Fine Arts, and in 2008, the new Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg. In 2006, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center hosted Lurie's first solo museum exhibition, John Lurie: Works on Paper.