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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-08-2008 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release

NASA Debuts 50th Anniversary Art Book

To celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary in October, the agency is releasing the book "NASA/ART - 50 Years of Exploration," a historic collection of almost a half-century of space-inspired artwork.

In 1962, four years after NASA was founded, Administrator James E. Webb recognized space exploration would make a profound cultural impact, in addition to advancing science and technology. He established the NASA Art Program to commission pieces from prominent artists that would illustrate and interpret the space agency's missions.

Since that time, the art program has enjoyed the participation of such luminaries as Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, James Wyeth, Nam June Paik, Patti LaBelle, William Wegman, Mike and Doug Starn, and Annie Leibovitz.

"Through the NASA Art Program, artists have been given an inside glimpse into the missions and programs which make up the space agency," said Bert Ulrich, the program's curator at NASA headquarters in Washington. "Through their imaginations, artists have shared an entirely new interpretation of the NASA story with the public."

In "NASA/ART - 50 Years of Exploration," co-authors James Dean and Ulrich present 150 full color illustrations with essays by astronaut Michael Collins, curator Tom D. Crouch and novelist Ray Bradbury. The book, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, will be available in October. It is a companion to the Smithsonian traveling art exhibition drawn from the collections of NASA and the National Air and Space Museum, which features 73 works by some of America's leading artists.

Editor's note: "NASA/ART" was previously noted under NASA art prints, art books

KSCartist
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posted 09-08-2008 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since I missed out contributing to this one, maybe I can hope to be in the "NASA/ART: 75 Years of Exploration."

heng44
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posted 09-08-2008 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You and me, Tim!

Larry McGlynn
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posted 09-08-2008 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Larry McGlynn   Click Here to Email Larry McGlynn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed and Tim, then I will buy that 75th anniversary book when it comes out too. Hopefully not posthumanously on my part.

I am looking forward to this new NASA art book. I have Eyewitness to Space and NASA and the Exploration of Space.

blue_eyes
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posted 09-08-2008 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blue_eyes   Click Here to Email blue_eyes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes! Yes! Yes! I too will buy that 75th anniversary book with Ed's and Tim's fine works in it!! But only if it also includes you -- Larry McGlynn -- for supporting and encouraging so many of us (sometimes struggling) artists!!

This book is gonna be way cool. Did you click on the book-title link and see some of the examples? Holy cow! They're beautiful! And the picture of Eileen Collins?? Oooooooooohhh, AWESOME. Gave me duckbumps galore.

cspg
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posted 09-09-2008 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Pity it includes photographs (not that it's a form of art) but previous books on that topic covered drawings/paintings which are far more appealing (at least to me).

Philip
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posted 09-12-2008 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Never too late to convince Ed to include some lithograph of one of his best paintings into a spaceflight related publication.

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