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Park West Gallery Honors Famed Artist Peter Max’s Late Wife Mary Max through Park West/Peter Max Charity Fund

 In Art & Gallery News, Peter Max, Philanthropy

World’s Largest Art Dealer Donates $250,000 to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

NEW YORK, NY – January 16, 2020 – Today, Park West Gallery made a $250,000 contribution to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in memory of Mary Max, the wife of American pop artist Peter Max. Mary Max tragically took her own life last year at the age of 52 in New York City.

Park West Gallery has represented and sold the works of Peter Max to collectors worldwide for nearly half a century.

Albert Scaglione, Park West Gallery Founder and CEO, and Diane Pandolfi, Director of the Park West Foundation, presented the check at AFSP’s national office in New York City. AFSP is a non-profit organization that raises awareness, funds scientific research, and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.

Representatives from Park West Gallery and the Park West Foundation present their donation check to Robert Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (Pictured left to right: Michael Karay, Park West's Associate Vice President of Merchandising; Albert Scaglione, Park West's Founder and CEO; Mitsie Scaglione, Park West's Corporate Secretary; Diane Pandolfi, Director of the Park West Foundation; Marc Scaglione, President of Park West Gallery; and Robert Gebbia.)

Representatives from Park West Gallery and the Park West Foundation present their donation check to Robert Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (Pictured left to right: Michael Karay, Park West’s Associate Vice President of Merchandising; Albert Scaglione, Park West’s Founder and CEO; Mitsie Scaglione, Park West’s Corporate Secretary; Diane Pandolfi, Director of the Park West Foundation; Marc Scaglione, President of Park West Gallery; and Robert Gebbia.)

Immediately following Mary Max’s death in June 2019, Park West Gallery created the Park West/Peter Max Charity Fund. 20% of the proceeds of every Park West Gallery sale of one-of-a-kind Peter Max serigraphs titled “Angel with Heart” were directed to the charitable fund totaling $150,000. Park West Foundation made a matching contribution of $100,000.

“Angel with Heart” – Peter Max

“Angel with Heart” – Peter Max

“Peter and I have been friends for over 45 years. I was there when Mary and Peter got married. If you know Peter, you know Mary was the inspiration for many of his paintings,” said Scaglione. “This tragedy opened my eyes to the insidious impact of suicide in our culture. Fortunately, there are organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that are making a difference, but they need more funding, and we are eager to help,” Scaglione continued.

Pandolfi added, “We have a long-standing commitment to sponsor organizations that, through a diverse variety of worthy causes, strive to make the lives people lead fuller and more meaningful. The contribution we are making today to an organization that works tirelessly to improve our nation’s mental health is one we are particularly proud of.”

Artwork from the Peter Max Gallery at the Park West Museum in Southfield, Michigan.

Artwork from the Peter Max Gallery at the Park West Museum in Southfield, Michigan.

“This donation from Park West Gallery in memory of Mary Max will help us save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide,” said Robert Gebbia, CEO of the AFSP, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to suicide prevention. “We thank Park West Gallery and the Park West Foundation for their generous support.”

Park West Gallery is committed to continuing the work of the Park West/Peter Max Charity Fund in 2020, again directed at suicide prevention. Another Peter Max serigraph titled “Two Sages Looking at Sunrise” has been selected as the work from which the fund will operate supported in part by a portion of sale proceeds.

"Two Sages Looking at Sunrise" – Peter Max

“Two Sages Looking at Sunrise” – Peter Max

About Park West Gallery and the Park West Foundation

Founded in 1969, Park West Gallery is the world’s largest art dealer, having introduced over two million clients to the joy of collecting art.

Learn more about the mission of the Park West Foundation at https://parkwestfoundation.org/

 

About the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Learn more about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at https://afsp.org/

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  • Sharleen Phillips
    Reply

    I can’t find where to change my address on your website.

  • David M. Rossi
    Reply

    A wonderful and positive commitment.

  • Robert. Sullivan
    Reply

    How do. I send sympathy cards to. Artist. Mr. Max. My brother took his own life in 1973. I can only imagine what he is going through thanks. We met. Peter in event in Boston. We have many pieces

    • Michele
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      Hello, we attended the 10/19 VIP event. My partner bid on / purchased the angel while I was out of the room. I was unnerved as it was not “an original” piece (we attend these events for original pieces) and was upset with him until I learned it was for suicide prevention. Both of our grandparents were victims of depression and suicide. As suicide tends to be a family heirloom of it’s own, shortly after returning home from this event (October 2019) my brother, thanks to the “Angels” was revived from a suicide attempt, albeit he remained on life support for days following he is here with us working one day at a time to be well.
      Given the overwhelming response I saw at our VIP event and the chain of messages on this post I believe, while understanding the mass production concept of fundraising, I think Park West should offer their VIP’s original Max pieces that would bring in 10 times the price or more for suicide prevention donations, perhaps one piece per event to generate competition and then bring out the one all can bid on. I believe many of my VIP peers would agree.

  • Conn and Hattie Dell Steele
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    We love your selection of the serigraph “Two Sages Looking at Sunrise” for the fund raising for suicide prevention. We are proud to display the original in our home as part of our art collection from Park West. We love Max’s paintings because they are an inspiration for so many people. Good luck with your Peter Max Charity Fund 2020. Conn and Hattie Dell Steele

  • Greg Lenihan
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    My thoughts are with you Mr. Peter Max. It is a hard thing to cope with in Death, but you will always have her in your heart and always in your paintings. Prayers and thoughts.
    I was on carnival cruise and in the auction I bought 17 paintings and was given the offer to buy one of your paintings but couldn’t afford it at that time. I put a secret bid for a large Statue of Liberty you could put a bid in each day you showed up and bid 30,500 but went for 69,500. I almost 1/2 won it but had so much fun. Be strong Mr Max she will always be there beside you when paintings.

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