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Peter Max (American-born 1937) is known throughout the world, and is a household name across America. Max is known for his new-age style, cosmic energy and multi-colored blends. During the late 1960's and early 1970's, his colorful art reached millions of people, culminating in his winning numerous major awards for his artwork. His paintings, drawings and limited edition graphics have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world. Peter Max was born in Berlin, Germany, and spent his childhood in Shanghai. From China, the family went to Tibet for a year, and then on to Israel. His family's odyssey continued on to Paris, and finally, at the age of 16 Max arrived in the United States. He began his art studies in New York at the Art Students League and continued at the Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts. A lover of music, Max has been designated the official artist for the Grammys, the 25th Anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Woodstock Music Festival.
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Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989) was born as the son of a prestigious notary in the small town of Figuera, in northern Spain. His talent as an artist showed at an early age, and in 1923, his father bought his son his first printing press. Dali began to study art at the Royal Academy of Art in Madrid. He was expelled twice and never took the final examinations. His opinion was that he was more qualified than those who should have examined him. As an artist, Salvador Dali was not limited to a particular style or media. The body of his work, from early impressionist paintings through his transitional surrealist works, and into his classical period, reveals a constantly growing and evolving artist. Dali worked in all media leaving behind oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, sculptures, jewels and objects of all materials and descriptions.
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American contemporary artist Will Barnet (b. 1911) is an acclaimed painter and print maker who has also taught art at the leading art schools of the United States. Trained at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, and the Art Students League of New York, he later taught art at such leading American universities as Yale and Cornell. A prolific graphic artist, Barnet changed his style significantly at different points of his career. His earliest works were influenced by expressionism; they were followed by abstact works in 1950's and 1960's, and finally evolved into more figurative works of silhoutted forms set against geometrically designed backgrounds. His work has been exhibited in prominent museums and galleries in the United States and around the world, and is included in many prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Musem of Art, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
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Russian artist Erté (1892-1990), born as Romain de Tirtoff. His legendary career spanned nearly the entire length of his life. In 1912, Erté moved to Paris and his unique talent was immediately recognized by the city's most established couturiers. In 1915, he began an association with Harper's Bazaar, that culminated in him designing the magazine's cover for 22 years. The high visability of the monthly periodical resulted in a brand new aristic movement called Art Deco. Throughout this period the artist also created original costume and fashion designs for many of the eras most renowned screen actresses including Joan Crawford, Lilian Gish, Marion Davies, Anna Pavlova, Norma Shearer and many others. His creations for the stage included extravagant designs for productions at such venues as New York's Radio City Music Hall, the Casino de Paris and the Paris Opera. At the age of 75, Erté was encouraged to embark on a new career, and began to recreate the remarkable designs of his youth, in bronze and serigraphy. The Art Deco movement was reborn.
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Latvian-born American artist Philippe Halsman (1906-1979), began his photographic career contributing to fashion magazines such as Vogue and soon gained a reputation as one of the preeminent portait photographers in France. In 1941, Halsman met the surrealist artist Salvador Dali, and they began to colaborate in the late 1940's. The 1948 work, "Dali Atomicus," explores the idea of suspension, depicting three cats flying, a bucket of thrown water and Salvador Dali in mid-air. Halsman reported that it took 28 attempts to be satisfied with the result. Another famous colaboration between the two artists, "In Voluptas Mors," is a surrealstic portrait of Dali beside a large skull, comprised of seven female nudes. The photographer also developed a philosophy of "Jump" photography which he called "Jumpology." Philippe Halsman published his "Jump" book in 1959, which contained a tongue-in-cheek discussion of "Jumpology," and 178 photographs of celebrity jumpers. Other celebrites photographed by Halsman include Alfred Hitchcock, Julie Garland, Winston Churchhill and JFK.
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