Peter Max opens exhibition at Tampa Museum of Art

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The Tampa Museum of Art presents “Peter Max: 50 Years of Cosmic Dreaming,” showcasing a collection of 90 of Max’s bold and colorful artworks from the past 50 years. The exhibition runs from June 10 to Sept. 11, 2016.

The exhibition is underwritten in part by the Park West Foundation, Park West Gallery’s non-profit organization. Diane Pandolfi, Park West Foundation Director, says the Max exhibition is yet another way the foundation hopes to bring art to everyone.

“The Park West Foundation is pleased to support the Peter Max exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art,” Pandolfi says. “It is the mission of the foundation to present relevant and important art to the public. Peter Max exemplifies that description. We are very proud to be sponsoring a Max exhibition at the Tampa Museum, one of the finest museums in this country.”

Max has served as the official artist for five Super Bowls, six Grammy Awards, World Cup USA, the World Series, the United Nations Summit and more. Aside from his canvases, Max’s artwork has appeared all over the world, including on a Boeing 777 jumbo jet and the hull of a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Norwegian Breakaway.

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The Norwegian Breakaway

Max initially focused on realism in his artwork, but developed his “psychedelic” style in the ‘60s by combining his love of America (especially New York) with his interest in cosmology, spirituality and the visuals of comic books.

Max’s artwork includes iconic imagery such as Liberty Head, Angel with Heart and Umbrella Man, and he has painted portraits for celebrities and U.S. presidents alike. He has used his artwork to promote worthy causes and campaigns, such as restoring the Statue of Liberty and supporting environmental and humanitarian issues.

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“I Love the World” (2013), Peter Max

This is the third museum exhibition the Park West Foundation has helped support in 2016. The Park West Foundation also helped support Yaacov Agam in “The Magic of Yaacov Agam” at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art from Jan. 28 to April 21 and Autumn de Forest in “Autumn de Forest: The Tradition Continues” at the Butler Institute of American Art from April 10 to Sept. 18.

Park West Gallery has represented Max since 1971, which is the longest-running relationship the gallery has had with a living artist. The next longest relationship is with Agam, which began in 1974. The gallery has worked with 14-year-old Autumn for only three years, but is pleased to watch Autumn – a child prodigy according to Dr. Joanne Ruthsatz of Ohio State University – following in the footsteps of artists such as Max and Agam.

Born in Berlin in 1937, Max and his family fled the Nazis in 1938 by moving to Shanghai, China, where they lived for 10 years before relocating to Israel. Max fell in love with American culture through its music, a passion that only increased upon arriving in the U.S. and settling in Brooklyn. He attended the Art Students League for five years, graduating in 1961. His studio is currently located in Manhattan.

For more information regarding the exhibition, please visit tampamuseum.org.

17 Responses to Peter Max opens exhibition at Tampa Museum of Art

  1. Nancy Piazza says:

    What is the address of the showing in Tampa Florida? We will be in the area and would like to see it. Is there an admission charge?

    • parkwestgal says:

      Hi Nancy! The address is 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602. According to the museum’s website, admission to the museum is $15 per person.

  2. Joe Bartow says:

    Absolutely love the poster for this event. Will copies be going on sale?

  3. CAROL BERMAN says:

    CAN YOU HELP ME? I made a purchase on March 7 Allure of the Seas. They seem to have lost one of my pieces and no one can help. I want the art…not the money back. It is Subtly Amused/Itzchak Tarkay.

  4. tony bouse says:

    I know for a fact that if you have a bank of america or merrill lynch account, you get for free on the first weekend. goto:
    http://museums.bankofamerica.com/pdf/MOU_Participant_Roster.pdf

  5. sylvie viscusi says:

    love peter max,now have 11 of his art works hanging on my walls and i LOVE everyone of them ,will buy more.

  6. sandie hartung says:

    I would like a copy of the poster.
    Also still waiting on the picture I purchased aboard the Holland America cruise Zuiderdam May 17th. I’m very excited to receive it.

  7. Edie Rosenthal says:

    I am so excited to be going to see the Peter Max exhibit tomorrow. I am a huge fan, especially of the man himself. Sooooo excited!!!

  8. Helene Lepkowski says:

    I have loved Peter Max since my teens and I now have 6 pieces of his artwork, as well as ” Love” piece tattooed on my back with his signature and date. And now my son has started to collect. Peter Max just makes me smile

  9. Diane Perkins says:

    Simply love, love Peter Max.
    We wanted to go to exhibition this weekend, but due to weather, not sure if we can make it… Will this exhibition be brought to another museum any time again to the southern states? Also love the poster and was interested in owning one!!

  10. Diane Perkins says:

    We did make the exhibition after all… It was Awesome!!! Got to meet Peter Max for the second time (very unexpected)..Will definetly add to our 6 piece collection..

  11. MrB says:

    I will be in Tampa in 4\2017 will there be another P.Max show.I own umbrella man beauty & 5 more paintings MrB

    • parkwestgal says:

      At the moment there isn’t another museum exhibition scheduled for Tampa, but if that changes we will be sure to let everyone know!

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