Pop Goes the Art!

Thirty years after the 1960s, Pop Art superstar Peter Max is still making art and still pushing the brand, coming to Austin on a national tour of his paintings and prints

Pop Goes the Art!

If ever an artist was "of his time," Peter Max was. In the late 1960s his images of bell-bottomed youths blissfully cavorting across star-spangled, heart-bedecked, Day-Glo landscapes ideally captured the decade's specific brand of cheery, trippy optimism. And they struck such a chord with everyone who believed that "All You Need Is Love" that they propelled him to superstardom. By the end of the Sixties, he was more than an artist; Peter Max was a brand name.

Now, more than 30 years later, he is still making art and still pushing the brand. He arrives in Austin this week as part of a national tour of "Colors of a Better World," an exhibition featuring more than 100 pieces of his art, including paintings, drawings, and limited-edition prints. Obviously, these are no longer the Sixties, and Max's style has changed with the times. The elegant, thin outlines and smooth airbrushed coloring of his older work has been replaced by thick ribbons and textured smears of paint, and the subject matter ranges from Renoir-esque maidens to abstracted Old Glories. But the artwork is as eye-poppingly colorful as ever and still boasts the occasional hearts and stars. And though it's no longer the sleek, poppy signature that adorned his cosmic creations, there is still the name on every work to mark it as a genuine Max.

Peter Max will be appearing at Art on 5th, 1501 W. Fifth, April 2 & 3, 6-9pm, and April 4, 11am-1pm. For more information, call 481-1111 or visit www.arton5th.com.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More by Robert Faires
Can Architecture Provide a Blueprint for Our Post-COVID Existence?
Can Architecture Provide a Blueprint for Our Post-COVID Existence?
Forge Craft Architecture's COVID Companion is a field guide to the world of the Aftertimes

Aug. 14, 2020

How Austin Is Marking the Centennial of Women Winning the Vote
How Austin Is Marking the Centennial of Women Winning the Vote
In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, and in 2020, that victory is being celebrated locally in various ways. Here's how

Aug. 14, 2020

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Art of Fifth, Peter Max, Colors of a Better World

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle