Sean-Patrick M. Hillman
World Renowned Artist Peter Max Hosts First NYC Show
in 20 Years
Featuring an Exhibit of One of the Hollywood’s Most Celebrated Idols, Marilyn Monroe
Plus An Assemblage of Max’s Iconic Works of Art
At Pop International Galleries Midtown
NEW YORK, NY (October 8, 2013) – Tuesday, October 22nd marks the first time in two decades Peter Max has presented a major collection of works in a New York City gallery. One of the world’s most beloved artists of the last four decades, Peter Max will present his newest collection at POP International Galleries’ Midtown location. Max’ muse for this epic return? The glamorous sex goddess, Marilyn Monroe.
Max is back with an electrifying collection of over 40 one-of-a-kind new works of Miss Monroe. In each painting he uses an iconic photograph of this Hollywood legend taken by the great fashion photographer Milton Greene, whose well-known friendship with Monroe produced these gorgeous photographs. Peter brings his unique colors and brushstrokes to this new body of work, dramatically lighting up and bringing a whole new perspective to Greene’s renowned images.
“To have POP International Galleries host the return of the POP art icon Peter Max to New York is a rare honor. Add Marilyn Monroe to the mix, with Peter’s already unmistakably vibrant palette, and you have a legendary show on your hands!” said Jeff Jaffe, owner, POP International Galleries. “When people see these spectacular works, they will understand why Peter Max has remained at the top of his game for decades. They are simply amazing.”
With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide, Peter Max and his energetic colors have become part of the fabric of contemporary culture. Often referred to as America’s, "Painter Laureate", Max has had the distinct honor of painting the last six Presidents of the United States, as well as some of the world's most notable figures from heads of state to professional athletes, musicians and stars of stage and screen.
The Opening Night of the exhibition will be on Tuesday, October 22nd from 5 – 8pm with Peter Max and special guests in attendance. The exhibition will open to the public at both POP International Gallery’s locations on Wednesday, October 23rd. For RSVP information to opening night, please log on to www.popinternational.com or e-mail RSVP@popinternational.com.
About Peter Max
Peter Max is a legendary, multi-dimensional artist whose signature vibrant colors are admired world-wide. With paintings on exhibition in hundreds of museums and galleries worldwide and his long-standing career as the preeminent pop artist in America, Max has been successively called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist, and the United States' "Painter Laureate".
Born in Berlin, Max’s family moved to Shanghai, China, then to Israel eventually relocating to the United States. His love of astronomy, sages and the spiritual life, Max is an icon of counter culture in the 60s. He emerged in the art world alongside artists such as Andy Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Pollack. His work is associated with POP art, neo-fauvism, and abstract expressionism. His world-renowned portraits of cultural icons include figures such as The Dalai Lama, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Nelson Mandela.
As has been his tradition throughout his long career, Peter Max seeks to capture themes of America at its finest, in his art. His highly recognizable artwork has appeared on many oversized canvases from a Boeing 777 jumbo jet to a 600-foot stage for the Woodstock Music Festival to the hull of Norwegian Cruise Lines newest ship, ‘The Breakaway.’ Max has had the honor to serve as official artist for five Super Bowls, six Grammy Awards, World Cup USA, The World Series, the United Nations Earth Summit, and numerous other significant events.
About POP International Galleries
POP International Galleries is at the forefront of the POP art movement with two unique art galleries in New York City, with its flagship gallery located on West Broadway in the heart of SoHo and a Midtown location on 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue; as well as the newly launched POPuk, an online only version of the legendary gallery in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1997 by Jeff Jaffe, POP International specializes in Pop Art, graphic art, urban art, sculpture, photography, and art that is derived from or influenced by popular culture. As the only street level Pop Art gallery in SoHo, with an impressive roster of highly regarded artists, both emerging and famed, Pop International Galleries is a great source for all collectors and art admirers. POP International Galleries also believes that an educational component is vital to collectors and the community at large. Events at the gallery often include guest lectures and discussions, screenings and slide shows as well as charitable tie-ins.
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