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 Myron Kozman  (1916 - 2002)

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: geometric abstraction, screenprinter

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Myron Kozman
from Auction House Records.
Abstraction No. 102
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Myron Kozman was a painter of abstraction, a sculptor and screenprinter and is remembered as a pioneer in developing techniques for screenprinting. He studied at Grand Rapids Junior College and then in Chicago where he was one of the first five graduates of the Institute of Design (New Bauhaus) in Chicago. Myron Kozman later became a teacher there for twelve years. He worked closely with Moholy-Nagy, teaching him screenprinting, and was a WPA. (Works Progress Administration) artist.

Exhibition venues for Myron Kozman included the Art Institute of Chicago, Artists Gallery of Chicago and London Art Gallery in London, England.

A former student, Michael Kiley of Appleton, Wisconsin, wrote that "Myron Kozman also taught at The Layton School of Art, Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a number of years. He was the head of the design department there in the 60's. I was a former student of his in 1967-68. He was an interesting man with vast concepts and ideas. He would tell his students to try all things, be a sculptor, try painting, try designing commercially, etc. (Layton School of Art later became Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in the late 70's).

Another student recalled that Myron Kozman taught at Lindenwood University (at the time Lindenwood College) in St. Charles, Missouri while she attended (1995-1998) "He taught only one class a semester, 2 days a week which was Advanced Painting. I remember it was always a fight at the registrars office to get into his class since it held maybe 15 students. It was also the only class that was pass/fail :) I was lucky enough to get into 3 of his classes. He was a small man with long gray hair in a ponytail, long beard, glasses, huge turquoise rings and bracelets and always wore monochromatic clothing.

We students swore that he had been keeping some of his clothes since the 60's, where else would you find mens pastel pink pants? He was always quiet but he had such a slightly twisted sense of humor. Myron could give you a look from across the room and without saying anything you could tell he was making a joke either about what you were doing, how you were doing it or even what you were wearing that day or what you did the night before. He would walk around the room and if needed he would give you a critique and make suggestions but he was never pompus about it.

I remember in my last class I had with him he brought in his art collection to share. Us students were somewhat I suppose annoyed in a way because we assumed that it was his art and after all, Myron had just had a show in teh gallery so we had just seen his work. Nope we were all flabergasted, it was his private art collection. He brought in about 20 works of art spanning from Maholy Nagi, Picasso, Dali lithographs, Mondrian etc etc. We just sat in a circle, he opened those boxes and he just passed those things around like it was nothing. I have to admit that I'm fairly certain that none of us washed our hands afterwards. It's not everyday that you can hold and touch such great works of art and not have a museum docent call the police."

Sources include:
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"
Michale Kiley, Email to AskART, February 2003
Anonymous, Email to AskART, February 2005

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