Pop art icon Peter Max to celebrate birthday on Celebrity Solstice

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Miami – (October 13, 2010 ) – As holder of one of the world’s largest corporate collections of contemporary art – including commissioned works holding large, live trees suspended within its sweeping, signature Grand Foyers — and the first in the industry to offer self-guided art tours on an iPad®, Celebrity Cruises is thrilled to serve as the platform for the birthday celebration of one of the world’s most popular and iconic artists, Peter Max.

Celebrity’s art auction partner British American Auctions is hosting a “Top of the Art Collection VIP cruise” on the October 17th sailing of the stylish Celebrity Solstice, with Max onboard as a special guest of honor.

One of the most popular artists of all time, Max has been a global icon in the world of fine art for more than 40 years. With more than 70 one-man museum shows, his diverse body of work appeals to a broad spectrum of collectors and appears not only in galleries around the world, but also on a 600-foot Woodstock concert stage, a giant World’s Fair mural, and even a Boeing 777. Cited as “America’s painter laureate,” Max also conceptualized and initiated The Statue of Liberty Renovation Project in 1984.

In addition to celebrating his birthday in style on Celebrity Solstice, Max will participate in a question-and-answer session and signing event with guests onboard. An extensive collection of the acclaimed artist’s masterpieces will be on exhibit to mark the occasion, and on behalf of Max, British American Auctions will donate one of his works for auction, with proceeds benefiting Celebrity’s “Crew Welfare Fund,” which assists members of the crew in times of need.

Given that Max’s work defined the 1960s, Celebrity will present in his honor on Celebrity Solstice’s October 17th sailing a special adaptation of its nightclub party, “Groove,” a 1960s-themed interactive event open to all guests.
At the same time, Celebrity is rolling out across the fleet (with the exception of its megayacht, Celebrity Xpedition, in the Galapagos Islands) a unique offering created with British American Auctions: the opportunity for guests to purchase customized works of art created by Max, complete with the color palette of their choosing. They also can benefit from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have Max paint their portrait.