There are not that many contemporary American artists who are well known by the general public. One who many of you will know is Peter Max. Max was born in the 30s in Nazi-controlled Germany and his family escaped to Shanghai where he lived for ten years and then moved to Israel. His family immigrated to the US in 1953.

Max has been a major figure in the US art scene for decades and is still very relevant today. You may have seen his recent Newsweek cover or his famous paintings of the Statue of Liberty (including one below from a 1997 New York City conference on immigration organized by a once very pro-immigration Rudolph Guiliani).


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