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Peter Max

American, German, b. 1937

Born Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin in 1937, psychedelic Pop art icon Peter Max spent the first part of his childhood in Shanghai after his parents emigrated from Germany to flee the Nazis. While there, Max developed his deep interest in American pop culture — namely comic books, jazz and cinema. Max’s paintings, graphic design and illustrations, which were inspired by these interests, were also informed by his experience with synesthesia, a sensory condition that causes him to see music and hear color.

After relocating to Haifa, Israel, then Paris, where he spent a significant amount of time in sketching classes at the Louvre, a teenage Max and his family finally moved to the United States, settling in Brooklyn. Max enrolled in the Art Students League of New York in 1956, training under Frank J. Reilly, and then the School of Visual Arts. Throughout art school, Max focused on photorealism, but he found the style too restrictive. When he graduated and opened his graphic design studio with friends in 1962, he began experimenting with abstraction and color — just in time for the psychedelic era.

The technicolor works for which Max would become known are characterized by big and bold graphic qualities — not dissimilar to what you’d find in his beloved comic books. Some deeper themes emerged across his work too: Max spent a good portion of the 1960s and 1970s creating his signature cosmic style, inspired by his fascination with astronomy and Eastern philosophies.

For Max and his partners, the graphic design business was highly successful, with commissions rolling in from advertising agencies, magazines and even Hollywood in the form of movie posters. The artist was featured on the cover of Life in 1969, and by the 1970s, he was practically a household name. Max's body of work extended into product design, including a line of clocks for General Electric, while his domination of the commercial art scene continued for decades. He was commissioned to paint a postage stamp honoring the World’s Fair of 1974 (Expo ‘74); a Statue of Liberty series in which some proceeds went on to fund the statue’s restoration; posters and other advertising materials for major events like the Super Bowl, the U.S. Open and the Grammys; a Dale Earnhardt race car; and even the hull of the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship.

Commercial activities aside, Max has long been the subject of many museum exhibitions, from his first solo show in 1970, “The World of Peter Max,” at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco to 2016's “Peter Max: 50 Years of Cosmic Dreaming” at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida. Today, his work belongs to the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other institutions.

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Creator: Peter Max
Signed Vintage Peter Max "The Grammy Poster," 1991
By Peter Max
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Signed vintage Peter Max "The Grammy Poster" in a glossy red wooden frame Inside measurements 18 x 24 inches.
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Late 20th Century American Modern Peter Max

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Paper

"Umbrella Man" Serigraph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
Limited edition serigraph (334 of 495) "Peter Max 2015" embossed seal in lower left Colors are very vibrant and bright Hand signed "Max" in pencil in lower right hand corner Prof...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Expressionist Peter Max

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Other

Peter Max Better World Signed Mixed Media Pop Art
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a marvelous retro inspired mixed media titled 'Better World III', hand signed in acrylic by iconic pop artist Peter Max. This mixed media was acquired from ...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Peter Max

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Paper

Limited Edition Print by Peter Max "Dega Man"
By Peter Max
Located in Pasadena, TX
Limited edition print by Peter Max Dega Man 1990" Limited edition print : Serigraph on Paper Framed : 18 x 22.50 in Certificate of Authenticity.
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Late 20th Century North American Modern Peter Max

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Paper

Ringo Starr by Peter Max for the Cover of New Life
By Peter Max
Located in Pasadena, TX
Ringo starr by Peter Max for the cover of new life Issue 85 of the New Life magazine, published in 2002 in New York. Measures: 28" x 34".
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21st Century and Contemporary North American Mid-Century Modern Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max Pop Art Wristwatch
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool Petet Max wristwatch with leather band, circa 1988. Pop Art dial face with white acrylic bezel and a size "18" blue faux ostrich skin leather band. Hard to find and super...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Peter Max

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Metal

Vintage "South Coast Village" Poster by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage "South coast village, Santa Ana, California" poster by Peter Max, circa 1973. The poster announces the grand opening of the shopping center in August '73 and is quite rare. I...
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Mid-20th Century American Expressionist Peter Max

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Paper

Late 1960s Bird of Peace Dove Ashtray by Peter Max Psychedelic Pop Art Graphic
By Iroquois, Peter Max
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Late 1960s bird of peace dove ashtray by Peter Max psychedelic Pop Art graphic. More Sought after larger 10 inch size.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Ceramic

Vintage "The Challenge" Poster by Peter Max Central Park Road Race, 1988
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage "The Challenge" poster by Peter Max, circa 1988. The poster was for a 10K road race in Central Park, NYC to benefit special needs runners. The poster is in very good vintage ...
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Mid-20th Century American Expressionist Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max Acrylic, Zero in Green
By Peter Max
Located in Milton, DE
This is the quintessential Peter Max Acrylic Zero in Green. Pure in execution and bold in presentation. Presented in a gold leaf frame with classic linen spacer it is a museum qualit...
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1980s American Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Acrylic

Large Toulouse Lautrec by Peter Max in Peach Pink, Signed and Framed
By Peter Max
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is the largest of the Toulouse Lautrec portraits by famed artist Peter Max in peach pink. Professionally framed, signed and numbered.
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1960s American Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

DNC 1980 Statue of Liberty Poster Signed by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage "1980 Democratic National Convention" Statue of Liberty lithograph poster signed by Peter Max, circa 1980. The poster is in good vintage condition (no rip tears, pin holes or...
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Mid-20th Century American Expressionist Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max Homage to Picasso Volume 5 Etching XX Modern Signed 1993 Framed
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
Le Shoppe Too in Michigan is offering this modern inspired artwork titled Homage to Picasso Volume 5 Etching XX by Peter Max. Signed in pencil with an annotation of 68/99. Created in...
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1990s Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max Homage to Picasso Volume 5 Etching XVII 1993 Signed 68/99 Framed
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
Le Shoppe Too in Michigan is offering this modern inspired artwork titled Homage to Picasso Volume 5 Etching XVII by Peter Max. Signed in pencil with an annotation of 68/99. Created ...
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1990s Peter Max

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Paper

Heart Poster Signed by Peter Max & Andre Agassi
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
Vintage “Grand Slam for Children A Concert for Tomorrow” / Heart lithograph poster signed by Peter Max and tennis great, Andre Agassi, circa 1995. The concert was held at the MGM Gra...
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Late 20th Century American Expressionist Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max “The World of Peter Max” Museum Exhibition Serigraph Poster ‘B', 1969
By Peter Max
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare original 1969 serigraph poster by Peter Max (American, b. Germany, 1937) for his 1970 “The World of Peter Max” museum exhibition tour. Max’s wildly popular first solo museum ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paint, Paper

Peter Max Eastern Europe Museum Print
By Peter Max
Located in Philadelphia, PA
1990s Eastern Europe Museum signed Peter Max print, encased in a white frame. Colorful lithograph poster featuring American flag, below his name in bold print. Poster was for the art...
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1990s Peter Max

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Glass, Paper

Original Acrylic Painting by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in Water Mill, NY
Original acrylic on paper H32"x W28" Framed.. Given by Peter Max to a friend
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1980s American Vintage Peter Max

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Acrylic

Pair of Etchings by Peter Max V3 X and XI
By Peter Max
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fantastic pair of rare framed etchings by Peter Max (American b. 1937) V3 X and XI. In the manner of Picasso each color pencil signed lower center and titled lower left 63 of 99. Mou...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Peter Max

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Paper, Linen, Plexiglass, Giltwood

"Two Sages Looking at Sunrise" Serigraph by Peter Max
By Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
Limited edition serigraph (65 of 495) "Peter Max 2017" embossed seal in lower left Colors are very vibrant and bright Hand signed "Max" in pencil in lower right hand corner Profe...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Expressionist Peter Max

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Other

Peter Max Pop Art Ceramic Ashtray by Iroquois
By Iroquois, Peter Max
Located in San Diego, CA
A very cool Peter Max pop art ceramic ashtray by Iroquois of Syracuse, NY, circa 1980s. There are three different ashtrays available; all are in excellent vintage condition with no c...
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Late 20th Century American Expressionist Peter Max

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Ceramic

Peter Max 12-Foot-Wide Serigraph for 1970 de Young Museum Solo Exhibition ‘A’
By Peter Max
Located in San Francisco, CA
An important, monumental, and exceptionally rare twelve-foot-wide two-piece serigraph created by Peter Max (American, b. Germany, 1937) for his 1970 “The World of Peter Max” first so...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paint, Paper

Peter Max Large Toulouse Lautrec in Yellow Artist Proof Signed and Framed Print
By Peter Max
Located in Toledo, OH
Large framed Peter Max print signed in graphite lower right marked artist proof, lower left. Depiction of artists iconic image of Toulouse Lautrec. Background in pale yellow with mau...
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1970s North American Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

Peter Max 12-Foot-Wide Serigraph for 1970 de Young Museum Solo Exhibition ‘B’
By Peter Max
Located in San Francisco, CA
An important, monumental, and exceptionally rare twelve-foot-wide two-piece serigraph created by Peter Max (American, b. Germany, 1937) for his 1970 “The World of Peter Max” first so...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paint, Paper

Mid-Century Modern Framed Peter Max Pencil Signed Lithograph Cosmic Song Blue
By Peter Max
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is a gorgeous, framed lithograph, titled "Cosmic Song," pencil signed by Peter Max. Piece is in excellent condition, but frame may need new backing. The dimens...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Peter Max

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Paper

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