Peter Max's pop life

By GREG COOK  |  August 18, 2010

I STARTED PAINTING AGAIN [in the '70s] because the museums were after me. So I just started doing a lot of museum shows, a lot of serious painting.

I'M THE KIND OF PAINTER, if I got up right now, put the phone down, and I'm at the easel, the paints are uncovered, there's an empty canvas, I pick up a brush, and there's paint on the brush, right, and then as I approach the canvas with the brush, I swear to God, I don't know what I'm going to paint. I just put the paint down. I do something to it, some strokes. Then I paint some other paint and I answer it. And I answer the next thing with some other strokes. Just like a jazz musician, he puts a few moments down, right, then he answers it with a little bebop, or this or that, then he answers it with something else, bass lines, then some melody, then back to bass lines. And it's the same thing. I've learned to paint like this and draw like this. This way it's complete freedom.

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