May 11, 2009

Peter Max at Sirani Gallery

Yes, the one and only Peter Max will be exhibiting artwork at the Sirani Gallery this summer! Max's work has been credited for making "psychedelic" artwork mainstream, which might be true, but I think his work is simply influenced by the rock art posters of the 60's, not to be confused with drug-influenced works.
Just to clear up some confusion, The Beatles' animated Yellow Submarine is often falsely attributed to Peter Max, but the film's art director was actually Heinz Edelmann.
From Peter Max's Wikipedia entry:
Edelmann, along with his contemporary Milton Glaser, pioneered the psychedelic style for which Max would later become famous, but according to Edelmann and producer Al Brodax, as quoted in the book Inside the Yellow Submarine by Hieronimus and Cortner, Max had nothing to do with the production of Yellow Submarine.
You can see why many people might think Peter Max designed the artwork for Yellow Sub, but thus it is not true. Although, Peter did dabble in animation in the 60's and 70's - here's an animated commercial for the American Cancer Society by Mr Max, probably from the 1960's:

Peter Max Appearances:
Saturday, June 6th 6:30-9 p.m.
Sunday, June 7th 12-3 p.m.
at Sirani Gallery!

This is no doubt a can't-miss show!


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