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cspg
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posted 11-12-2008 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Bean, Painting Apollo: First Artist on Another World
by Alan Bean
Through a brilliant display of color and craftsmanship, astronaut and artist Alan Bean shares his unique artistic viewpoint to capture humankind's adventures in space. Alan Bean: Painting Apollo features 107 of Alan Bean's luminous paintings dramatically paired with quotes from some of the most brilliant and adventurous minds through history. Apollo flight manager extraordinaire Gene Kranz recalls the historical drama of the era from his eyewitness perspective on the ground; and legendary art critic Donald Kuspit places Bean's paintings in the context of contemporary art and landscape painting. Released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Alan Bean: Painting Apollo is a one-of-a-kind study of humanity's near spiritual drive to explore the limits of our imagination and technical capabilities.
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (July 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1588342646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588342645

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This is the companion book to the National Air and Space Museum exhibit opening on July 16, 2009 by the same title ("Painting Apollo").
The National Air and Space Museum will premiere Painted Apollo: The Art Of A Moonwalker at the museum on the National Mall July 16, 2009 through January 13, 2010 in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landings. Painted Apollo represents a major exhibition of paintings by American artist and Apollo 12 astronaut, Alan Bean.

The exhibition will be the largest exhibition of Bean's work to date with approximately forty original paintings and drawings. The exhibit will enable viewers to experience a world 238,000 miles away through the eyes of the only artist to walk on the lunar surface.

Artifacts from the National Air and Space Museum's collection will supplement the exhibit as three-dimensional references to the lunar equipment depicted in the paintings.

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posted 02-07-2009 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is Alan Bean's author photo from Painting Apollo (the cover art has also been added to this thread above):

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posted 02-07-2009 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I appreciate these new book listings. I've ordered this from Amazon - Robert I hope cS benefits from the click through!

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posted 02-08-2009 03:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Which astronaut figurine is that on the right?

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quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
Which astronaut figurine is that on the right?
To assist his painting, Bean had a set of custom figures and vehicles made, which he then poses and modifies to match the scene he is trying to capture in his art. There are some wonderful photos of the figures in his other upcoming book, but here's a photo I took at his studio that also shows his Surveyor and lunar module.

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posted 02-08-2009 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That is certainly a stunning Lunar Module model.

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As a model builder myself, I would LOVE to get a commission from Al Bean to build him something for use in one of his paintings (how about a Skylab?).

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posted 05-21-2009 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Bean's "Painting Apollo: Collector's Edition" includes two giclees: Rendering Honors and Planting Our Colors.

I already ordered the book and the giclees.

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ArtUSA.com is now selling the "A Distant Celebration" diptych with the special edition copy of "Painting Apollo". They're charging $675, which is not too bad for two signed giclees and the signed book. Unfortunately a bit too expensive for me, but I'm sure there are others out there ready to get their hands on these pieces of art.

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posted 05-21-2009 09:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another amazing book, but what's the size of the book?

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The book is 11 x 10 inches, with 224 pages depicting 107 paintings. The giclees are 16 x 13 inches with an edition size of 225.

I bought 'A Giant Leap' and the 'Painting Apollo' collectors book and giclees from ArtUSA. I highly recommend this dealer, and Jay Brown (the owner) is great. He shipped my 'A Giant Leap' the same day that I ordered it, and I received it 3 days later. He also had the number that I wanted, and is sending me the same number for the other two giclees. Since he sells a lot of Alan Bean art I believe that if you buy 'A Giant Leap' from him he can get you the same number for the other two giclees. Even if you didn't buy 'A Giant Leap' from him and want the same number for the other giclees you should call him to see if he can get that number for you.

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I ordered my set from Jay at ARTUSA also. Great service. It is my understanding the set will be shipped in July.

I was surprised that he is the only dealer selling the set at this time, or at least I have not noticed any other dealers offering the set.

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posted 05-22-2009 07:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We've got it here.

Being Alan's largest dealer, we can get low numbers and artist's proofs.

We're going to be having an Alan Bean book signing, also, with BOTH his new books.

Editor's note: For more, see Alan Bean's 2009 book signing appearances

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posted 05-23-2009 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OLDIE     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone tell me how Alan Bean's new book "Painting Apollo" differs from the excellent book "Apollo: An Eyewitness Account" published in 1998?

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posted 05-23-2009 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The difference between the two Bean books is eleven years of new paintings, new pallettes, new ideas, BFF Pete Conrad's death...

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quote:
Originally posted by dsenechal:
That is certainly a stunning Lunar Module model.
I was under the impression it was you who made the LM model for Alan Bean in the pic above, am I mistaken?

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Originally posted by Spacefest:
The difference between the two Bean books is eleven years of new paintings, new pallettes, new ideas, BFF Pete Conrad's death...
Just checking! Thanks for the information Kim.

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posted 05-29-2009 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for xlsteve   Click Here to Email xlsteve     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought item 320377334330 was interesting.

Editor's note: For discussion of this sale, see this Opinions & Advice thread.

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quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
To assist his painting, Bean had a set of custom figures and vehicles made, which he then poses and modifies to match the scene he is trying to capture in his art.
Okay, does anyone know where those astronaut figurines were made? I want one.

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quote:
Originally posted by randyc:
Alan Bean's "Painting Apollo: Collector's Edition" includes two giclees: Rendering Honors and Planting Our Colors.
Gallery One in Eastlake, Ohio is also selling the signed limited edition giclees on canvas (set of 2 w/hardcover book).

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posted 06-06-2009 09:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dsenechal   Click Here to Email dsenechal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any news on when this book will be released? Dave

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posted 06-06-2009 11:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Between July 9 and 28 (Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble).

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quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
Between July 9 and 28 (Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble).
We got our Painting Apollo books today (I love the smell of fresh printing.) They smell as good as they look. Really elegant, good color, paper; a great coffee table volume. A sure conversation-starter.

Kim & Sally
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Reporters attending today's press preview of Alan Bean's exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum were gifted with signed copies of "Painting Apollo".

The new exhibit is stunning (as is the book) -- look for an article and exhibit photo gallery with comments from my interview with Bean to be published tomorrow.

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I received the Alan Bean signed 'Distant Celebration' giclees and special edition 'Painting Apollo' book today. I was fortunate to get #20 of Bean's 'The Giant Leap' giclee, so I also received #20 of 'The Distant Celebration' (which is especially appropriate for these three giclees since they commemorate events which occurred on July 20,1969). The giclees and book look great, but I'm disappointed with how the giclees and book are signed. Before I mention why I'm disappointed I'm interested in hearing what other collector's reactions are.

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Originally posted by randyc:
...these three giclees since they commemorate events which occurred on July 20,1969).
THREE giclees?

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I got my set today (#34) and I am very pleased with it. I presume that your disappointment lies in the fact that the "Rendering Honors" print is signed in full and numbered, while the "Planting Our Colors" print is initialed only. I'm certainly no expert, but I assume that it was done this way because the two art pieces are really meant to be displayed a unit, not two separate pieces, even though they are mounted separately. Anyway, while it would certainly be great if both were signed in full, I'm happy with it...

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quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
Okay, does anyone know where those astronaut figurines were made? I want one.
Here are a couple of pictures.

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Well, those are the kind of photos I expected in a small chapter in the "Painting Apollo" book but what a disappointment that only the paintings are shown and not one single photo of Alan Bean in his painting studio, nor some photos of the models and tools he's been using to make the paintings.

I also bought Andrew Chaikin's "Mission Control, this is Apollo" which is supposed to be a children's book but in my opinion I should have only bought Chaikin's book. To see Alan Bean's paintings you can go to his website!

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There's the back dustjacket photo of Bean's studio, and his excellent website at alanbean.com, and DVD for that stuff.

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Also, a few such photos originally appeared in Apollo, his first book. This book is a good companion piece to his exhibit and understandably focuses on the paintings themselves.

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Painting Apollo is an exhibition catalog, and as such, I think it fits the bill nicely, and I enjoy it. The essays at the beginning are interesting and insightful, and the stories about each painting are a plus as well.

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I have both the new books (signed too - thanks Kim and Novaspace!). If you really want to see his studio, you need to get his DVD. It's not very long, maybe 1/2 hour but he shows everything how he does it. Really interesting stuff! I showed it at one of my astronomy club meeting a while back.

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The planets are aligned! Today was Alan Bean day.

In the mail today, two Alan Bean signed books from Novaspace, and two Isle of Man Alan Bean signed 1st Day covers.

Also in the email today, confirmation of my 1 a.m. purchase of "Armstrong, Aldrin and an American Eagle" giclee.

Not a bad day!

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The book will be re-released on July 6.

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Is it common to re-release a book?

Will there be additional items, chapter in this re-release? How will it affect First Editions?

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Originally posted by Wehaveliftoff:
Is it common to re-release a book? How will it affect First Editions?
In my experience, re-release of a "space" title is unusual. They did several printings of Gene Cernan's book, but all were on he order of 5000 ea.

I believe if there are no additions or changes, it will still be a first edition, but the second printing.

Astronaut Central still has plenty of signed 1st-1sts.

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quote:
Originally posted by Philip:
Okay, does anyone know where those astronaut figurines were made? I want one.
I am almost certain that Alan's figurines were made by a fellow named John Sims. You can contact him via Facebook, his profile number is 1540479936.
quote:
Originally posted by randyc:
The giclees and book look great, but I'm disappointed with how the giclees and book are signed.
You never explained why you were disappointed about how the giclees and book were signed. I'd be curious to know.

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quote:
Originally posted by Guillaume:
I am almost certain that Alan's figurines were made by a fellow named John Sims.
I am quite certain that John Sims does not make Alan Bean's figurines.

Dave


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