Mar 6, 2009

Art to the Max!

Peter Max is an American icon who's artwork defined the spirit of the 1960's.

As a child, the German-born artist fled Berlin with his parents and wound up in Shanghai, China, where they lived for ten years. They then moved to Tibet, and later to Haifa, Israel. Finally, after a quick stop in Paris, they settled in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Peter opened his first art studio in Manhattan in 1962, and by 1968 he had appeared on The Tonight Show, and a year later was on the cover of Life magazine.

Many people assume that it was Peter's artwork that influenced the look of the film Yellow submarine, but this was not the case. It was another German, Heinz Edelmann, who not only helped to pioneer the psychedelic style for which Max would later become so well-known, but who also was the art director responsible for the look of the film.

To view more of Peter's colorful work, visit the Doubletake Gallery's HUGE collection of Peter Max art!

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