Peter Max: Artist Extraordinaire, Paints "The Horse"
Excerpt from 1981 Program:
"Internationally famous artist Peter Max, whose works have become symbolic of the dynamism and energy of an entire generation, has created an original work entitled "THE HORSE." Max's spontaneous commitment was prompted during the recent opening at the Corcoran Gallery of Art at the mutual request of two friends of the Washington International Horse Show, Nancy Reynolds, Vice President of the Bendix Corp., and Richard Rovsek, Board Chairman of The Westport Marketing Group. Max graciously agreed to create the image for this year's event.
"This program cover shows a study of the original painting which will be on view during the Washington International Horse Show.
"Max become a household name in the 1960s and early 1970s for his new-age cosmic imagery and distinct use of color. His newest works, as evidenced in "THE HORSE", reflect his recent softer Fauve color impressions.
"Max's works are in the permanent collection of many important museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the White House."
From Wikipedia (Permanent link: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Peter_Max&oldid=223999457)
Max is the official artist for many major events including Grammy Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Super Bowl and others.
Peter Max was in the news in 2002 when he offered to provide a life of green fields for Cinci Freedom, a cow that escaped from an Ohio slaughterhouse. The cow leapt over a six-foot fence while the slaughterhouse workers were on break and eluded capture for eleven days. "This little girl's will—facing the end of her life, being so frightened, then taking the risk of all risks to live, to be free—touched me so deeply," Max was quoted as saying, "It was so inspiring. I knew I had to try to preserve that wonderful spirit." Max donated $180,000 worth of his art to benefit the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, to ensure her a long life of peace at a New York Farm Sanctuary.