Mary Beach was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1919. Her first solo show was at the Galerie du Bearn, in Pau, France in 1943. She attended the Hartford Art School, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the esteemed Grande Chaumière, where she studied under Henri Goetz. She exhibited at the historic Salon des Indépendents in Paris in 1957 and 1958; won the Prix du Dome at the Salon des Femmes Peintres in 1959; and 1st Prize, Vichy, France, Silver Medal in 1959; and was exhibited at the Salon des Surindépendents in Paris in 1960. She worked at City Lights, in San Francisco, where she discovered and published the poet Bob Kaufman and, under her own imprint of Beach Books, published William Burroughs. She collaborated extensively with Allen Ginsberg.
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Mary Beach is featured in Edition: Out Of This World