On exhibit: Peter Max's world
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“It’s really hard to believe how people gravitated to my works,” Max says. “I’m so proud of it all but at the same time I can’t believe how it all happened. “Who would have known my life would have gone in this direction? I love drawing and still do it every day.”
Max, who set the tone for a generation, occupies a special place in contemporary
“Peter has a different relationship to pop art than almost every other artist,” says Dr. Willers. “Most other artists look to popular culture for inspiration, but he’s not that kind of artist. His style became part of popular culture. He made a huge contribution to art and culture that is not matched by any one else.”
Max makes an appearance at the museum on Feb. 2, for Peter Max Family Day, from 1 to 4 p.m. He will share his thoughts on creativity and his life as an artist and judge a children’s drawing contest. Families can download an original Max drawing from the museum’s website, color it in and bring to the museum to be judged and included in a temporary exhibit.
“Peter loves the process and loves sharing it,” Dr. Willers says. “We are excited to welcome him to the museum for this event.”
The world of Samurai and Shogun at Hofstra University
The diversity of Japanese culture is the focus of “Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan,” currently on view at Hofstra University Museum’s David Filderman Gallery, through Feb. 2. The exhibition highlights Japanese works from the museum’s permanent collections that span the 16th-20th centuries.
This show — curated by the museum’s Associate Director of Exhibitions and Collections Karen T. Albert — includes woodblock prints, hand-painted scrolls and woodcarvings, with a focus on rich artistic traditions from the historic eras of Japanese culture. The pieces on view highlight how a combination of internal and external factors have influenced the evolution of Japanese culture, as well as how Japanese techniques have influenced Western culture.