Michael Mazur, 1935–2009, showed work in prints, paintings, and drawings, domestically and abroad, for fifty years. In prints, he was known for his contributions to the revival of monotype in the 1970s, especially in his monumental works Wakeby Day and Wakeby Night at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the breakthrough to large-scale use of this medium as standard studio practice. Other examples of this series are in collections at the Brooklyn Museum and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Prints and paintings from all periods of his work are in the collections of the Chicago Art Institute, MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among many others nationwide. A retrospective of his work on paper, The Prints of Michael Mazur, was organized in 2000 by the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers University and traveled to the MFA Boston, the Minneapolis Art Institute, and the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Mazur’s body of some seventy-five prints illustrating Dante’s Inferno has been widely exhibited here and in Europe, and portfolios can be found in the collections of Harvard’s Houghton Library, Yale’s Beinecke Library, the Yale Art Gallery, the Boston Atheneum, the British Museum, and Museo di Castelvecchio in Verona, Italy. Until his death in 2009, he lived with his wife, the poet Gail Mazur, in Cambridge and Provincetown, Massachusetts.
AGNI has published the following work by Michael Mazur:
|•Art Feature: I’ll Tell What I Saw (Inferno I, Inferno III, Inferno XXI, Purgatorio I, Purgatorio X, and Paradiso XII, with translations from Dante’s Italian by Robert Pinsky), plus Cantos XXVIII and XXXIII from Mazur’s The Inferno of Dante|
|•Introduction to the Art Feature|