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Pop icon show possible

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Saying he is not discouraged by the results of a recent art auction in Park City, one of the organizers plans to bring Pop artist Peter Max to the city next winter for a show.

Max is one of America’s best-known artists, and his work, ranging from his cosmic images to his treatments of patriotic icons like the Statue of Liberty, has excited collectors and art fans for years.

Nim Vaswani, a Las Vegas art seller who helped organize the recent auction at the Kimball Art Center, says Max will possibly appear locally in February, a normally busy period of the ski season. He has not finalized a deal with an art gallery to host a Max show, though.

"You have a lot of people who have expendable income, because skiing is not cheap," Vaswani says, calling Max "probably the most famous living artist in America today."

Max last held a show in Park City in early 2001. Vaswani, who was involved in organizing the 2001 show, says it was successful.

During his visit, timed for the ski season, Max praised Park City’s scenery and its art galleries in an interview with The Park Record.

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"I think there is an artistic appreciation here. The houses look like they are very artistic. The community, even though it’s very, very small, it’s very, very tasteful," Max said in the interview.

Max keeps a busy calendar of shows in the U.S. His Web site lists appearances in the Washington, D.C., area this weekend and upcoming stops in Austin, Texas, and Las Vegas.

The firm Vaswani is with, Modern Masters Auctions, brought six Max pieces to the Kimball auction, with estimates on the Max paintings reaching $7,000. None of them sold.