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Peter Max returns to Darien

Published 1:30 pm, Friday, August 31, 2012
  • A collection by artist legend Peter Max will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the Geary Gallery in Darien, Conn., Sept. 5 through 9. Photo: Contributed Photo
    A collection by artist legend Peter Max will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the Geary Gallery in Darien, Conn., Sept. 5 through 9. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Peter Max is back in town.

The work of the well-known artist will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the Geary Gallery from Wednesday, Sept. 5, to Sunday, Sept. 9.

The Geary Gallery is featuring Max's work for the third time, and owner Tom Geary is excited to have him back in town.

"I think it's just fabulous. It's wonderful. It's showing a different type of artwork, and this is a real art hero that has offered to come out here," Geary said, adding that he personally owns four of Max's paintings.

Max does between 20 and 30 gallery shows a year, averaging about two a month, and he, too, is pleased to be returning to the gallery.

"It's nice that I'm going to be there. It's close to New York, which means I go home at night and then come up the next day," Max said. "I get to see a whole group of friends that I don't get to see when I'm doing a show in places like Ohio. I'm looking forward to it."

The gallery is hosting an uncrating party on Thursday, Sept. 6, when Max's Masters Series will be unveiled. Ten percent of all proceeds from the party will go to Click it for Cassie, a nonprofit started by Geary to bring awareness to young drivers about the importance of wearing seatbelts. "I never would have expected that to be the charity Max's people chose," Geary said.

Max's paintings also will be available for purchase throughout the exhibition. Prices range from $2,000 to $40,000, according to Geary.

The artist will be making two appearances during the exhibition -- Saturday, Sept. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. Both meet-the-artist sessions are free.

Max's Masters Series consists of interpretive works of Vincent Van Gogh, Monet, Pablo Picasso, Renoir and Edgar Degas, painted in his signature style and bold colors. When he was younger Max used to collect art, and people would give him all of the "big classics": Mona Lisa, Picasso, Monet, Matisse.

One day, a friend of his had made him some prints of Mona Lisa, but he made three or four duplicates of each. Max decided to put some on his easel and paint over them.

"I did my own little version and I loved them, and the Masters Series got started," Max said, "It was such a big thrill to do that. It was like some sort of secondary relationship with the great art masters besides knowing them from art school."

Max has painted for six U.S. presidents, and his work is on display in six presidential libraries and in the U.S. embassies. He was named an official artist of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Team in Turin, Italy, and has been "Official Artist" of five Super Bowls, World Cup USA, the World Series, the U.S. Open, the Indy 500, the New York City Marathon and the Kentucky Derby. He resides and works in New York, and has his studio across from Lincoln Center.

For more information about Max's appearance, contact the Geary Gallery at 203-655-6633 or visit 576 Post Road, Darien, between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.