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Michael Mazur
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New York
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Born in New York, 1935, lived in Cambridge, MA. An appreciation wirtten by Cliff Ackley, curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, shortly after the artist died in August 2009: Michael Mazur (1935-2009) was New York born but, a long time resident of Cambridge, he became a central figure in the art life of Boston and Provincetown. Painter, draftsman, and printmaker, he was to become particularly known for his innovations with the monotype medium. He studied at Amherst and Yale. While at Amherst he worked with Leonard Baskin at neighboring Smith College. At Yale he worked closely with Gabor Peterdi. His printed work (the “Closed Ward” series) first entered the consciousness of the art public in 1962-63. Some 350 prints and innumerable drawings, pastels, monotypes and paintings followed. An extremely energetic and productive individual, Michael continued in recent weeks - although greatly weakened-to produce some 150 exquisite small pen and ink drawings of flowers and flower gardens. He has given his archive of editioned prints to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. For a survey of Michael's printed work