This month marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic events that occurred in New York on September 11, 2001. As we reflect on this day, we turn to artists like Peter Max who like many others was devastated following the attack.
To accomplish this goal, Max created a series of 9/11 art to benefit the September 11 Twin Towers and Survivors Relief project. Proceeds from the sale these American-themed works were donated to the funds, with Max considering it a “labor of love.”
Max also created portraits of the 356 firefighters who lost their lives at the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. He acquired photographs of the firefighters used on photo IDs to paint each portrait.
“As I painted them, it was as though their gazes were looking directly at me…They could have been my friends or my relatives, and were all my fellow Americans. And all heroes.”
Michelle Maidenberg fell in love with Peter Max after 9/11. She reflects, “I am touched by Peter Max’s Americana painting — the vibrancy, his free-flowing style and connotation to personal liberty. It helps me to continually be reminded of my freedom, my strong sense of community and the strength and resilience of American citizens. I feel connected to my patriotism and truly blessed to be an American citizen.”