Michael Mazur

The Institute of Contemporary Art

Michael Mazur is well known as a printmaker, though largely through his earlier work, which is essentially “humanist” in orientation. During the past three years he has moved decisively away from that position and his imagery has undeniably become more personal. The shift, moreover, has been accompanied by a change of media, from prints to sculpture and painting. Apparently Mazur wanted more room in which to maneuver. He continued to work with figurative images—body-type contour drawings, anatomical segments seen from sharply elevated or otherwise offbeat positions, and objects from domestic interiors—but he had expanded his space and drawing scale to a point where prints could no longer accommodate it. A series of prints executed at Tamarind in the summer of 1968 tried to force that accommodation, but as the latest work demonstrates, painting turned out to be the most fruitful arena for

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