The works of Peter Max are not only beautiful but are also well known for defining a decade from the late 1960's into the 1970's. Peter Max's name alone conjures up thoughts of colorful adventures into the cosmos and beyond. His amazing works of art are now on exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art in a "First In-Depth Look at Peter Max's Original Drawings" beginning Oct. 25, 2013 through Feb. 23, 2014.
As the chill of the colder seasons fill the air it is the perfect opportunity to step into the beautiful museum to view an exhibition of perhaps the world's most famous living contemporary artist. Get to know Peter Max through a unique detailed look at his original works that takes the viewers on a magical trip of his life in the world as an artist. The exhibit takes one beyond the cosmic bursts of color, that Peter Max is so well known for, and takes one on a journey through his process of working his magically artistic abilities. Eyeing the pen and ink drawings mixed among large canvases of beautiful works from the 1960's to the just dried paint of "Portrait of Marilyn Monroe II, Version 1, no. 6" of present day, allows the viewer to peek inside Peter Max's unique world.
Take the opportunity to meet Peter Max in person at several events that will coincide with the beautiful exhibit.
Peter Max may be most well known for his cosmic works but he is so much more than mere color bursting on a canvas.
"Nassau County Museum of Art presents PETER MAX, a solo exhibition of works by one of the most beloved of contemporary artists, called “one of the most widely recognized artists of our time” by art historian Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D. This exhibition, the lauded Pop artist’s first museum exhibition in New York, juxtaposes portfolios of his mostly black-and-white drawings on paper against many of his larger and more color-saturated works in a variety of media. The showing at Nassau County Museum of Art is the first in-depth look at this well-known artist’s original drawings, which cover a wide range of subjects; sunsets over oceans and undulating landscapes, angels and other winged apparitions, boats sailing through idyllic harbors, cosmic imagery of planets and celestial bodies in space, portraits in profile and figures drawn from life, spiritual teachers such as swamis or gurus or sages, as well as flowers and other exotic plant life, to name only a few. These never-before-seen drawings, add to one of the most recognizable and commercially successful artistic practices of our times.
"Peter Max’s magical, fantastical works have their roots in his childhood. Born in Berlin, he was taken to Shanghai as an infant. There he lived for ten years in a pagoda house, facing a Buddhist monastery and a Sikh temple. Buddhist monks painting enormous Chinese characters on vast sheets of rice paper, dramatic parades featuring floating dragons, and the vibrant colorations and sights of Shanghai became his daily landscape. But little grabbed his imagination as much as the discovery of American comic books. Max fell in love with the characters—Buck Rogers, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and Plastic Man—who carried him away to fantasies of other worlds. His growing artistic interests and talents were nurtured by his mother, a fashion designer in Berlin before the family’s move to China. Her encouragement continued when the family relocated to Haifa, Israel, visited Paris for six months and finally, when Max was 16, arrived at its ultimate destination: the United States. Enthralled by the billboards, fashions, music, automobiles, movie theaters and towering skyscrapers, it was America that truly captured Peter Max’s imagination.
"In New York, Max trained at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts. His art, influenced by the field of commercial illustration and characterized by intense bursts of color, became emblematic of the counter culture and psychedelic movements in graphic design during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In an earlier essay, Dr. Riley places Peter Max’s paintings “…within a continuum of Modernists such as Van Gogh and Gauguin, Matisse and the Fauves, Kandinsky ad Expressionism, Josef Albers and Frank Stella.”
"Peter Max revolutionized art of the 60s just as the Beatles transformed the music of that decade. From visionary pop artist, to master of dynamic neo Expressionism, Peter Max is an inextricable part of the fabric of contemporary American culture."
Spend a day visiting the Nassau County Museum of Art on the historic grounds of the former Frick Estate off of Northern Boulevard in Roslyn Harbor.
NCMA is a wonderful escape from the hectic world. Spend an afternoon strolling through the grounds and gardens of a grand estate. Visit a mansion now filled with galleries of beautiful art. Spend the day strolling through the gardens dreaming and gaining inspiration for your own abode's décor.
Enjoy wonderful events to accompany the amazing Peter Max exhibit.
Peter Max - Highlights from a Career Oct. 25, 2013 to Feb. 23, 2014 (except during special programs)
20 minute film; Daily Screenings 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
"Peter Max - Highlights from a Career is a compilation film that features examples of the artist’s work throughout his long and prolific career. Footage includes Max speaking about his work in interviews, among them a classic segment with talk show host, Larry King. Free with Museum admission. Weekends only there is a parking fee of $2 (members, free). Reservations are not needed; first come, first seated."
LUNCHTIME EXHIBITION TALKS
Brown Bag Lecture; Riva Ettus Thursdays, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 30
"Bring a sandwich and enjoy lunch with friends as Museum Docent Riva Ettus presents an informative talk on the life and career of artist Peter Max. Afterward, join the 2 p.m. public exhibition tour. Free with Museum admission. Reservations are not needed; first come, first seated."
A CONVERSATION WITH PETER MAX
Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D. Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.
"The highly-respected art historian and author Charles A. Riley II, Ph.D. conducts a conversation with Peter Max, one of the most famed artists working today and the subject of a solo exhibition on view at the Museum.
"Dr. Riley, a long-time favorite speaker at the Museum, is the author of The Art of Peter Max, a major Abrams book about the artist, his work and life. He is a professor at the City University of New York and is also a well-known journalist and lecturer in the art world. He is the author of many books and articles on the arts and on public policy.
"Riley and Max are sure to have a lively talk as they delve into creativity, studio life, the uses of color, the art of drawing, and Peter Max’s long and winding road to art world stardom, from his childhood years in Vienna, Shanghai and Israel and finally, to Manhattan.
"Immediately following the program, Peter Max will sign and dedicate books and posters purchased at the Museum Store. Admission is $15 (members, $5) and includes Museum admission. Weekends only there is a parking fee of $2 (members, free)."
FOR THE FAMILY
Peter Max Family Day Sunday, Feb 2, 1 P.M. to 4 p.m.
"Meet Peter Max, join in his big Art Contest and Exhibition and enjoy a visit with this world-famous artist! Max will share his thoughts on creativity and his life as an artist. He will also create some line drawings live as we watch. An original Peter Max black and white drawing will be posted to this site for you to download and bring to the program, or you may pick up the drawing at the program, where each participant will add his or her own artistry with pencils, markers or crayons. The completed works will become part of a temporary art exhibition featuring a reception for the artists. Prizes will be awarded to all who contribute an artwork to exhibit. Weekends only there is a parking fee of $2 (members, free). Museum admission plus $8 per family materials fee. Reservations are not needed. Weekends only there is a parking fee of $2 (members, free)."
Stop by the new and beautiful gift shop, located on the first floor next to the grand staircase.
The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Items to purchase include jewelry, children’s books and activities, pieces from local artists and other unique finds perfect for gift giving to one's self, family and friends.
Admission is very reasonable (free passes are available to check out from some neighborhood libraries)
$10 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+) and $4 for children ages 4-12. Many local Long Island Libraries have family passes that can be checked out for free admission, providing the opportunity for all to enjoy.
Hours for the main building are 11 am to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. On weekends only there is a $2 parking fee (members free).
Docent Led Tours of the Main Galleries Exhibition, Tuesday-Sunday at 2 p.m., Docent Led Family Tours, Sundays at 1 p.m. Tours are free with museum admission
A day can be spent just visiting the grounds
Viewing the Sculpture Park of over 50 pieces by renowned artists including Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, George Rickey and Mark DiSuvero among others.
The museum’s 145 acres include many marked nature trails through the woods, perfect for family hikes or independent exploration.
Formal Garden of historic importance.
The Pinetum, an architecturally-significant restored trellis, and rare specimen trees.
The lawns provide excellent spots for picnicking or just relaxing and watching the clouds drift by.
The original Gold Coast mansion on the Frick Estate, that is a work of art in its own right, is the main museum building that plays host exhibiting the amazing works of art. An entire day can be spent taking in the beauty of the world of art and nature blended together on the astounding estate grounds. Soak in the colors of life and never be afraid to dance!
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