How the Cosmic Art of Peter Max Defined a Generation

How the Cosmic Art of Peter Max Defined a Generation


I’m Gene Luntz and I’ve been working with
Peter Max since 1987 when I was a gallery director in Beverly Hills. In the 30 years that I’ve worked with Peter,
I’ve seen him challenged many, many times to create things and his creativity is unbelievable. He could create out of thin air without much
thought. It just seems to flow through him. It’s really a surrealistic type of art that
I do and these flying cosmic characters that fly in and out of rainbows and out of skies
and the smiling blue and boats with reflection, it’s very surrealistic except it’s a very
“up” surrealism. Peter took off as an icon of American culture
in the ’60s when he first exploded on the scene with his artwork and his licensing and
television appearances on things like Ed Sullivan and the Johnny Carson Show. He became a household name through the creation
of and transformation of his art on product. But because I somehow was able to manifest
this art form really down into the butter dishes and into the bedsheets and towels of
the people, it now came out of surrealism to realism. The Statue of Liberty is an icon that Peter
created when he came here and landed in Brooklyn and made America his home. He became someone that really loves this country
for all that it gave him, and so painting the Statue of Liberty became a tradition for
him. He’s not only a great artist, not only a great
person, but he is dedicated to making this world a better place in every way that he
can add his color and his light and his touch.

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