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Peter Max: A Retrospective (1960-2014) Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended

When: Sept. 4-7 2014
Humor me for a moment. Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. Now, I know that's a lyric from "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"—but does that sound like an image that existed in the acerbic mind of John Lennon, or the whimsical wonderland of Peter Max's artwork? Girls with kaleidoscope eyes, cellophane flowers of yellow and green, rocking horse people eating marshmallow pies: all of these visions are in some way indebted to Max, the subject of a career-spanning show and sale that has a weeklong run in Northbrook. The visual character of the late 60s and 70s might not have taken shape without Max. Nor would there be Lisa Frank school supplies or innumerable cartoons, including Schoolhouse Rock or even Yellow Submarine. In fact, according to an interview with Max in Westchester Magazine, the Beatles initially approached him about illustrating Yellow Submarine—which is so strongly imitative of his style that most people believe it's his creation—but he couldn't commit to the project. He recommended a German illustrator named Heinz Edelmann, who went on to direct the film and who Max claims had a business card that read "Heinz Edelmann: The German Peter Max." Continue reading >>

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