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As the U.S. gears up for the 2020 Presidential election, the Welcome Swallow Gallery presents an iconic and unique historic composition not previously seen in New Zealand.
As a passionate environmentalist and defender of human and animal rights, Peter Max often dedicated paintings and posters for these noteworthy causes. However, the composition presented here was for President-elect, Bill Clinton’s inauguration festivities that began on the 17th January 1993 and were completed at the swearing in ceremony on the 20th of January. The composition on display, An American Reunion: New Beginnings Renewed Hope, is one of 100 posters, that were unfurled on the 17th as President-elect Clinton addressed the crowd in a short bell-ringing ceremony to mark the beginning of his inauguration. Only a small number were signed and dated by Max, thus ensuring their rarity. He noted that this piece of art demonstrated his personal celebration of the freedom that is embodied in the American Flag.
Bill Clinton, President-elect inauguration, 1993
An American Reunion: New Beginnings Renewed Hope
Signed and dated
About Peter Max
Peter Max was born in Berlin in 1937. When still young, his family moved to China, then frequently moved around the world before finally settling in Brooklyn, New York. His training began at the Art Students League, Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts, where he mastered working in multiple media including painting, drawing, collage, print making, sculpture, video and digital imagery.
He quickly became famous for creating ‘characteristic’ paintings and graphic prints. In parallel with Andy Warhol he became a visionary pop artist of the 1960's and an icon of dynamic neo expressionism, where his vibrant use of Fauvist colouring was typically spliced with layers of psychedelic reference points. At this time, Max represented both the artistry and the fabric of contemporary American culture.
Peter Max has exhibited in over 40 international museums and over 50 galleries, worldwide. His work can be found in many prominent museums and private collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This is the only signed and dated composition of the Bill Clinton inauguration, in New Zealand.
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