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From such painted icons as his Statue of Liberty series and his dreamlike landscapes, to his pulsating graphics and world-famous posters that defined the visual aesthetic of the age of rock and roll, this richly illustrated book finally puts Max in perspective as a leading figure on the contemporary art scene. Compiled with the cooperation of the artist himself, it takes the viewer backstage into the studio and the celebrity studded life of an artist who is himself a celebrity.
For multitalented artist Peter Max, life's long and winding road has left him again and again at fame's door. Once regarded as a faddish '60 icon, Max retreated into relative obscurity in the late '70s, still basking in the sales of his cosmic commercial art. Since then, he has painted portraits of five American presidents, illustrated the first ten-cent stamp, created 3-D computer art, and painted a Continental Airlines 777 passenger plane. This huge coffee-table book celebrates four decades of the Peter Max phenomenon in the bold, glorious color that it deserves.
Pop artist Max, like his contemporary Andy Warhol, had his artistic way with iconic figures: while Warhol captured Marilyn and Liz in Day-Glo glory, Max caught the visages of the Statue of Liberty, the Mona Lisa and George Washington in vibrant Technicolor (they both took a turn with Mick Jagger). But Max is the softer character in both art and life: his canvases are happier, swirlier, and he's a lot less hip. Perhaps it's his unabashed patriotism and his thorough endorsement by the establishment (though not necessarily the art world establishment). Max has painted Lady Liberty on the White House lawn, been named the official artist for the Grammys, the United Nations Earth Summit and five Superbowls, and had his paintings grace the covers of People, U.S. News & World Report and Manhattan's Yellow Pages-twice. This big, bright coffee table book shows Max's work in all of its wild energy, from his psychedelic posters (dorm room favorites) to his more recent forays into abstraction. Riley's accompanying text is appropriately heavy on the biographical detail and light on any high-falutin' art criticism, an approach perfectly appropriate for a volume celebrating one of history's most buoyantly middlebrow and accessible artists. Over 350 color plates - 240 pages. Comes with a dust jacket.