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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

A cosmic exhibition

Bethel Woods opens new season with Peter Max exhib

By Patricio Robayo - staff writer

“Peter Max: Early Paintings” show will be on display until December 31 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Museum.
BETHEL — One artist that helped define the psychedelic era of the 1960's was Peter Max, and there's no place better to showcase his never before seen work than Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the original site of the 1969 Woodstock concert, the centerpiece of that time period.
Private collectors Robert Casterline and Shelly Fireman approached Bethel Woods with the idea of an exhibition. After months of work, the exhibition titled “Peter Max: Early Paintings” has arrived, showcasing Max's work during an early pivotal time for the artist going from a realistic and collage era to his cosmic era from 1967 to 1972.
The show will be on display until December 31 and is included in the regular museum admission price of $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (65-plus), $11 for youth (8 to 17) and $6 for children (3 to 7) along with a special-exhibition-only price of only $5, groovy!
With vibrant colors, Max's work has become part of the culture through not only his paintings but also through the mass marketing of his work.
In this collection you will not only find paintings and sculptures but also examples of how he got involved with designing clothing and accessories.
Born in 1937 as Peter Max Finkelstein in Berlin, as an infant his family left the country during the rise of Nazism.

Max has been called a Pop Icon, Neo Fauvist, Abstract Expressionist and the United States “Painter Laureate.”
“Some of this work has been in boxes and storage until we put them on the wall,” said the exhibition curator Wade Lawrence.
In support of this special exhibit and to celebrate the museum's 10th anniversary, 12 regional artists will present “Doors to Originality,” a series of original work that is inspired by Peter Max and will be on vintage wooden doors, beginning June 2.

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