People: Jul. 13, 1987

His incandescent canvases were as much a part of the psychedelic '60s as Beatles music. Then, at the peak of his popularity in 1970, Artist Peter Max vanished from the international art scene and devoted the next 16 years to painterly experimentation and travel. But now Max is back. At Manhattan's Jack gallery last week, the Berlin-born artist opened a show of 30 gaily colored paintings and graphics under the rubric "Peter Max Celebrates America." Cheap the artist is not: his works on various patriotic themes are selling for anywhere from $12,000 to $50,000. So has Max joined the Establishment? "My...