Published on March 22nd, 2016 | by Thomas Ritchie0
Gallery 72 exhibit to welcome art and visit by icon Peter Max
A counter-culture icon. An artistic legend. A cultural historian.
All are titles that have precluded Peter Max’s name. The artist and his work will be featured in April at Gallery 72, in an exhibit titled “Peter Max – A Retrospective – 1960-2016.”
The exhibit opens Friday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a kickoff preview party from 6-8 p.m. The works will be on display normal gallery hours through April 24. Patrons can meet the artist at individual receptions on April 23 and April 24, but must RSVP at 866-900-6699 or omaha [at] roadshowcompany [dot] com.
But truly, for most art fans, seeing the work of this storied creator should be exciting enough. His work is featured in galleries and public spaces around the globe, and has been a pop culture staple for decades.
He’s painted six presidents, his work graces a Continental jetliner, he’s designed postage stamps and was the official artist of the 1994 World Cup.
Max’s artwork was first associated with the counter culture and psychedelic movements in graphic design during the late 1960s and early 1970s. His use of vibrant colors is his calling card, and his work has influenced countless artists in commercial art and publishing circles.
“I never know what I’m going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself. I’m just the middleman,” Max has been quoted as saying.
Middleman or not, Max traveled the world with his family as a child, and was exposed to cultures in Tibet, Africa, and Europe before his family settled in the U.S. He began his artistic career in the 1960s by opening a small arts studio with a friend.
Max often uses American icons such as the Statue of Liberty, and symbols in his artwork. His commissioned works have included the creation of the first “Preserve the Environment” postage stamp, in honor of the World’s Fair in Spokane, WA, border murals at the entry points Canada and Mexico by the US General Services, and exhibitions in dozens museums and galleries worldwide. He often features images of celebrities, politicians, athletes and sporting events and other pop culture subjects in his artwork.
His Gallery 72 exhibit will look back at his body of work. All artworks are on exhibition and available for acquisition.
Here’s a video retrospective of his 50-year career from CBS.
Photos: Courtesy Roadshow Company and PeterMax.com