New Peter Max Retrospective coming to Nashville

Artist Peter Max hosts Lionel Ritchie in his New York City studio on 1/20/2017 with the portrait he painted honoring Mr. Ritchie as MusiCares 2016 Person of the Year.         (© Peter Max 2017 must appear next to each image in all print and digital/online displays. All photos courtesy of the artist.)

Artist Peter Max hosts Lionel Ritchie in his New York City studio on 1/20/2017 with the portrait he painted honoring Mr. Ritchie as MusiCares 2016 Person of the Year. (© Peter Max 2017 )

PETER MAX RETROSPECTIVE – THE COLLECTED WORKS 1960-2017, a newly-curated and highly-anticipated collection from Pop Art legend Peter Max, is the most important collection of his works ever assembled, and spans decades of celebrity portraiture and pop influence. The Exhibition features Peter Max’s most famous works and premieres never-before-seen archival photos and footage from his early career. This is the do-not-miss event of Nashville’s Fall Art Season.

Lesley Smith, noted curator & Peter Max historian, has assembled this collection of Max’s greatest and most-revered imagery spanning five decades, from his iconic cosmic Art from the Summer of Love and Woodstock era to his latest projects. Now in the sixth decade of his renowned and prolific art career, he is still creating modern masterpieces. Max created the 2017 U.S. Open theme art, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Arthur Ashe Stadium. Max had been commissioned to create the U.S. Open theme art in 1997, which featured Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time.

Last year Max honored superstar Lionel Richie at the Grammy MusiCares Foundation dinner which serves to helps musicians in need. While flipping through the catalog Richie noticed a portrait of himself that was auctioned that evening. When Richie saw the painting was by Max, he immediately called the artist and asked to visit his studio in New York City. Once there, he and Max, a huge fan of Richie, traded hugs and Richie told Max he had missed the opportunity of meeting Andy Warhol as he was still living in Tuskegee, AL and was thrilled to meet Peter Max. Other iconic celebrity works of musical legends will be on exhibition and available for acquisition.

This carefully curated collection is a museum-like retrospective of Max’s works. Max has painted for the past seven U.S. Presidents and his art is on display in museums, presidential libraries and in U.S. Embassies across the globe. He has been the Official artist of the Grammy’s, five NFL Super Bowls, the 2006 Olympics, the World Cup USA, The World Series, The U.S. Open, The Indy 500, The NYC Marathon and The Kentucky Derby.

America’s most popular living Artist celebrates our world, our country and brings a message of unity, love and hope to all. The exhibit features Max’s iconic and most influential pieces, among them “Statue of Liberty,” Max’s famous “Flag” pieces, “Umbrella Man” and the prestigious “Cosmic Runner.” Revered for his celebrity commissions and portraits, Max’s celebrity portraiture will also be included in the Nashville Presentation. For more about the Artist and his works, visit http://petermax.com

Nashville’s venerable Bennett Galleries will exhibit the works from Saturday, September 16th through Sunday, September 24th. Commissions of portraits are available to all patrons and guests. This extraordinary presentation also includes music’s most famous portraiture and all artwork is available for acquisition. Gallery Receptions are scheduled for Saturday, September 23, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and Sunday, September 24 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Curator Smith will be in-gallery throughout the art receptions, offering historical perspective, legendary anecdotal “behind the scenes” stories, and discussions about the life, times and influences of the Artist.

Admission is complimentary, and all events are open to the public, however – RSVP’S are REQUIRED, by calling (855) 377-1010 or emailing: nashville@roadshowcompany.com. Bennett Galleries is at 2104 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, TN 37215.