Lawrenceville Gallery to Host Peter Max’s First Poster Sale
Fans of Peter Max have the opportunity to purchase never-before-seen posters of the pop artist whose bright, bold works are synonymous with 1960s and 1970s pop culture.
“The Peter Max Experience,” a boutique collection of some of Max’s iconic works, will have a limited engagement at the Christine Frechard Gallery at 5126 Butler St. in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
The exhibition opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on May 7 and runs until May 15. Receptions are also scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 14 and from noon to 3 p.m. on May 15.
“Since this summer, we have had access from (Max’s) studio to vintage posters made in the 60s and 70s, and signed and dated by Peter in the 60s and 70s, which is very exciting,” said curator Lesley Smith. . “Having the posters is brand new and something we never thought we could have as part of a show.”
The exhibition is organized by touring art exhibition organizer Road Show Co. Smith, a longtime associate of the artist, will accompany the collection.
In addition to the posters, the exhibition will feature a selection of acrylic paintings by Max on paper and canvas and mixed media posters covered in acrylic paint. All the works presented will be for sale.
This will be Frechard’s third Peter Max show. The first took place in 2014 at his former location in Squirrel Hill, which the artist attended, and the second in 2019 at the Lawrenceville gallery.
“We choose galleries across the country that are well-established and fit the mold of what we think will portray Peter in the best possible way,” Smith said. “Christine was that for us in Pittsburgh.”
Trained as a graphic artist, Max, 84, of German descent, is known for his brightly colored psychedelic and pop art, including images of celebrities, politicians, athletes, sporting events and celebrities. other popular culture topics.
Max has been the official artist for five Super Bowls, the United States World Cup, the World Series, the US Open, the Indianapolis 500, the New York City Marathon and the Kentucky Derby. He created the first “Preserve the Environment” stamp commemorating Expo ’74, the 1974 World’s Fair in Spokane, Washington.
“Peter paints very quickly,” Smith said. “Nothing takes a long time, but there’s a lot of movement and movement, and he’s painting to loud rock and roll music. It’s a whole scene, the creation of the artwork.
“Everything he believed in during those nearly 50 years of painting is just as relevant today as it was in the beginning. It’s all about peace and love and protecting the planet,” she added. “He was really ahead of his time.”
The Pittsburgh shows were well received, Frechard said.
“Peter has a lot of followers here – mostly an older crowd, I would say, mostly people who lived through the 60s and 70s, mostly contemporaries of his time,” she said. “And they are so excited to come and see his works. It’s so vibrant, so colorful; his presence shines through the artwork.
Frechard noted that the gallery had received about a dozen works from Max before the exhibition opened. It is able to offer these specific parts at a reduced price until April 30.
“Since I have the artwork before the show, I now have the opportunity to give a discount to my customers. After May 1, (Road Show Co.) takes over and all sales will go through them,” she said. “So now is a good time to start checking it out.”
Discounted prices on some of the smaller works start at around $3,000. At the official show, prices will go up to $85,000, Smith said.
“It’s very uplifting for people to come and see a Peter Max show now, because the world is so gray,” Frechard said. “We need these uplifting, colorful and vibrant works of art. When I’m in a bad mood and I come to my gallery and look at the art, it makes me happy – especially Peter Max.
“He has a lot of joy of live.”
All events during the exhibition are free; although reservations are requested at 412-407-9319 or [email protected] Private and virtual appointments to view the works are available upon request.
For more information, visit christinefrechardgallery.com.