Peter Max Unveils 2017 US Open Artwork

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Peter Max poses with both versions of his U.S. Open theme art. (Photo courtesy of Ash Marshall / Twitter)

On June 14, in his Manhattan studio, Peter Max unveiled a commemorative artwork for the 2017 U.S. Open, honoring the 20th anniversary of Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City.

In 1997, Max created the U.S. Open’s artwork for the stadium’s inaugural season. Twenty years later, he’s working with the US Tennis Association (USTA) and prepping his palette and paints again.

While both artworks showcase Max’s signature graphic style, each uniquely highlights the history and development of the stadium. In 1997, Max highlighted the stadium’s exciting future by depicting the structure underneath a swirling sky of warm colors. In 2017, he depicts two large tennis rackets crossing each other’s path above the stadium, signifying the heated competition of the last Grand Slam event of the year.


“We could not think of a better way to kick off the 20th anniversary of Arthur Ashe Stadium than by ‘returning to the source’ and having Peter Max create another signature work that truly captures the power of tennis’ grandest stadium,” Katrina Adams, USTA president and chairman of the board, said in a press release.

While the 23,000-person tennis arena still reflects its initial design, Arthur Ashe Stadium has stayed up-to-date with the times. In 2016, a retractable roof was added in order to eliminate rain delays and prevent postponements. The retractable roof is featured prominently in Max’s 2017 U.S. Open artwork, suggesting that both art and scenery change with time.

“I remember the artwork from 20 years ago that the great Peter Max did for us,” said USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Gordon Smith. “It was iconic and so many people loved it. So what better thing to do than go back and ask Peter Max to do it again for us 20 years later.”

This adds to a string of impressive commissions coming from Peter Max. He has created four poster images for the Grammy Awards, in addition to being the official artist for five Super Bowls, World Cup USA, and NHL’s All-Star Game.

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  • Wanda Tolbert

    Love his work!

  • Cynthia Carter

    How much is the us open max poster?

  • Maria Goetzen

    Peter Max art inspirates me evey day!

  • Matt and Pam Means

    So thrilled to see Peter Max collaborating with the 2017 US Open! Matt and I love tennis! (We have always played & are amateurs; but love and admire the game) And applaud the fantastic Peter Max posters portraying the energy and passion (color!) of the event! We too would like to know uf the posters become available.

  • Steve

    Love Peter Max’s work, but this poster is not well thought out. Crossed racquets are in the most famous tennis logo in the world – Wimbledon! I’m guessing Peter isn’t into tennis very much and I’m surprised the US Open would not know better.

  • David blumberg

    I’d like to buy the poster too.

  • Carla Irwin

    I’d like to buy the US Ooen poster!

  • MK Wilcock

    I would like to buy the US Open 2017 poster. Is it available?

  • Mary Mortus

    I am seriously considering buying a Peter Max. I have heard it said that if I need to ask the price, I cannot afford it. My purpose is to decide whether I want a Max or two by another artist. I have two artists and may consider a Najar or . . .

  • Charles Cwierko

    any acrylics for sale ? also, interested in buying US Open poster

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