Artist Of The Week: Peter Max Part 2
Artist of the Week Peter Max Part 1 was about how he became an artist into the arts up until the time he worked in graphic arts. Peter Max experimented with different mediums and continues to do so. His career reaches its prime in the1960s. American Pop Culture has been a significant source of his inspiration throughout his career, especially since he moved to the United States.
The Collage Period (1964-67) was brief, but very interesting. Although, Pablo Picasso started the art of Collage during era of Cubism, Peter Max pioneered adding photos of Kaleidoscope patterns to a collage artwork. However, his style of collage was very similar to Dadaism and Surrealism. Max started the revolution of the Printmaking world. That was during the growth of the print industry. His artworks became popular when he turned his art into posters, which is accessible to all. Max’s influence on posters can be paralleled to what MTV was to the music world in the 80s. The Cosmic 60s feature colourful and psychedelic works of art using Cosmic characters, in contrast to the bold vibrant colours were the style, at the time. He made his debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, like the Beatles. However, his visual art, cited by critics, to be a counterpart to the Beatles musical style.
His most famous works include the Statue of Liberty and Umbrella Man at the Sea. He has also done major artworks for huge events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl. Contemporary works include the paint scheme for the Nascar automobile of the late Dale Earnhardt (2000), a portrait of Taylor Swift (2010) with the style of Pop Art. Most recently he design the cover for the August/September 2017 for the AARP Magazine.
Peter Max’s art is a fusion of the East and the West, which was influenced by him living in different places since his childhood.
Flora Habbab, BFA
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