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Peter Max was born in Berlin in 1937. 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.
Max often dedicated paintings and posters to political causes. The composition, An American Reunion: New Beginnings Renewed Hope, just sold, 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. It 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 four 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.
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 historic piece, now sold at the Welcome Swallow Gallery is the only signed and dated composition of the Bill Clinton inauguration, in New Zealand.
An American Reunion: New Beginnings Renewed Hope