Artist: Peter Max (German-American 1937- )
Title: From The Moon, Apollo 11
Plate: Max 2
Original colour offset lithograph, backed on Linen
Printed in USA, Peter Max Poster Corp. 1969
Reference: American Posters, 21
Shipped rolled via FedEx.
Certificate of Authenticity.
Poster Size: 24 1/2 in x 36 in / 62.2 cm x 91 cm
Max’s imagery became wallpaper for the turn on, tune in, drop out generation. One of the most famous of all living artist's, Peter Max is also a pop culture icon. His bold colors, uplifting images and an uncommon artistic diversity have touched almost every phase of American culture and has inspired many generations.
"Psychedelia, peace and love, and the historic Apollo 11 moon landing: this design is a veritable time capsule of the energy and spirit of the late 1960s. Even before the moon landing, Max was interested in astronomy, which fed into his "Cosmic '60s" period of trippy countercultural imagery. So he was a natural fit for this poster which commemorates the successful mission of the Apollo 11 team. Max later invited Buzz Aldrin to his studio, where they cemented a friendship over their shared interest of the cosmos." (Rennert)
Credit: Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection
"Max’s colorful, psychedelic graphics and flower-child characters famously captured 1960s counterculture. “I got interested in yoga and mysticism and it influenced my drawings,” Max said. “My characters, like young hippies, began flying and levitating across Himalayan mountains (from my childhood impressions) and star-studded galaxies (from my fascination with space exploration). I began making posters of the drawings and blended the colors on a two-color printing press. And that’s how my Cosmic '60s style developed.
A licensing bonanza soon followed, and Max skyrocketed to stardom as the products of his imagination were turned into bedspreads, household products, package design and posters that covered dorm room walls and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. He appeared on magazine covers and talk shows, and The United States Postal Service commissioned him to create a 10-cent postage stamp to commemorate the Expo '74 World’s Fair. Like Formica and polyester, his imagery became subconscious touchstones of American culture.” (tennessean.com)