Arts/Entertainment

Iconic Artist Peter Max’s Retrospective Lands in Town Center

Famed artist Peter Max is bringing his pieces to KC for a special retrospective of his impressive career.

Even if you don’t know Peter Max’s name, chances are you will immediately recognize his art. His colorful, psychedelic work captured the spirit of the counterculture movement in the 60s through collages, posters and cosmic characters, cementing his status as a pop culture icon throughout his decades-long career. Max is also known for his vibrant portraits, having painted everyone from Elvis Presley and Ozzy Osbourne to Taylor Swift and Barack Obama.

“If I think back, I’ve painted so many unbelievable portraits of people that it’s hard to believe,” Max says.

This weekend you can see pieces from his impressive body of work and meet the artist right here in Kansas City at a retrospective happening at Town Center Plaza (5029 W. 117th St). Max will be at receptions Saturday, May 2 6 – 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. (RSVP at 844-832-8800 or [email protected]).

The show includes archived and more recent works, all available for acquisition. Selecting pieces is no easy feat, as his catalogue spans more than five decades, during which he painted for six U.S presidents and was named the official artist of five Super Bowls, World Cup USA, The World Series, The U.S. Open, The Indy 500, The NYC Marathon and The Kentucky Derby.

Not too shabby for a career that began in his family’s home where Max created his first important piece of art—a mural in crayon on the dining room wall. He hasn’t slowed down since and doesn’t plan to anytime soon. Making art, Max says, is still always on his to-do list.

“I put music on, I throw the paint and I never know what’s going to come out,” he adds.