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Spacefest
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posted 04-03-2009 06:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latest Alan Bean print, a giclee called A Giant Leap has sold out the small edition in less than 6 hours, a new record.

Novaspace emailed the announcement to our list yesterday afternoon, and by evening had oversold the original edition of 125. The publisher, Greenwich Workshop, increased the edition to 175 to accommodate the many desperate requests, just this morning.

Alan has sold out his last three prints in just a few days. Get to work Alan!

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posted 04-03-2009 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Apollo 40th anniversary limited edition items go, the appeal of this giclee is certainly clear. I can easily understand why it sold so quickly.

I would have certainly ordered one, too (assuming I could act fast enough). Just out of curiosity Kim, what was the price of the giclee?

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posted 04-03-2009 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was $265 for the canvas, $330 framed. We could put you on a waiting list. Some folks will not get it for one reason or another. It won't go out until May.

Yes, they grossly underestimated the demand. I grow weary of salutes and flags (not that I'm unpatriotic) but Alan does a lot of other motifs, like this one.

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posted 04-04-2009 06:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are two currently available on Ebay from other galleries at the original issue price. Good luck!

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posted 04-04-2009 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads up, John. there were THREE. Just bought them all.

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posted 04-04-2009 02:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kim, save one for Robert!

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posted 04-04-2009 02:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kim, there were FOUR on eBay!

I barely beat Kim to one of them. Gotta move fast on these!

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posted 04-04-2009 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rjurek349   Click Here to Email rjurek349     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Two more just posted by the gallery with $265 buy-it-now and free delivery. Move fast...

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posted 04-04-2009 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randyc   Click Here to Email randyc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got one! Thanks for the heads-up Richard!

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posted 04-05-2009 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...and the price-hyping has already started. Now at $395.

paulus humungus
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posted 04-05-2009 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulus humungus   Click Here to Email paulus humungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I told you to get it Paul. It is a pity that Mr. Armstrong couldn't counter sign the edition.

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posted 04-05-2009 05:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am inexperienced at following these limited edition offers. So here are some stupid questions:
  1. If the original Greenwich Workshop offer was published as limited to 125, how can it ever be increased?

  2. I thought Greenwich Workshop was the only official source for the prints. How can a competing gallery offer a print as well?
I acted on Kim's email as soon as I received it. This is my first purchase of any initial limited edition art offering. It appears I made the right move. But I am a bit confused.

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posted 04-05-2009 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulus humungus   Click Here to Email paulus humungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by space1:
I thought Greenwich Workshop was the only official source for the prints. How can a competing gallery offer a print as well?
John, Greenwich Worshop are the only official source - it was them who increased their own limited edition run.

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posted 04-05-2009 06:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Greenwich Workshop is the publisher. They have a network of about 1500 authorized dealers worldwide whom they wholesale prints to.

We are only licensed to sell Alan Bean works. They also publish wildlife, western, aviation, fantasy, and other genres.

They announced this print to their dealers last week. The dealers vie for "allotments" of the total edition. We always get the most by far, and the lowest numbers, because we've been Alan's biggest dealer for over 20 years.

Other dealers may receive none to 5 ea. of the edition. They are required to purchase whatever their allotment is.

One print, "In the Beginning" sold out all 1000 copies before release. We only got 160 of them. We could have sold them all. We had to tell some customers "Sorry." Some of them were so angry, they never ordered again.

In this case, the work has not been printed (or signed) yet, and based on our fierce demand (others, too) They decided to up the edition from 125 to 175. Our allotment has gone from 80 to 105.

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posted 04-05-2009 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kim, do you know if the original will be among the paintings displayed at the National Air and Space Museum starting this July when Bean's exhibit opens?

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posted 04-05-2009 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Kim, do you know if the original will be among the paintings displayed at the National Air and Space Museum starting this July when Bean's exhibit opens?

Probably. We sold it a couple of years ago. It's fairly small. He's working on a new dyptich called First Men, but I don't know if it'll be done in time.

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posted 04-07-2009 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulus humungus   Click Here to Email paulus humungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These two "First men" works would also have been great canvas print editions (companion prints) for the 40th anniversary!

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posted 04-07-2009 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree. Greenwich Workshop is putting together two small giclees and his upcoming book as a 40th anniversary collector's set. Only they didn't choose First Men.

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posted 04-08-2009 11:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Kim, which two did they choose and when will the set be available?

No info on their website...

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posted 04-08-2009 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book won't be out until July, and the two haven't been officially picked yet, but the two they have suggested so far I've never seen before, and aren't as strong as First Men.

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posted 04-08-2009 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dennis Beatty   Click Here to Email Dennis Beatty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Perhaps you could suggest that they issue "For One Priceless Moment" as a limited edition piece. It was released as a small poster (in limited quantities) many years ago...but a full size canvas or paper print would be stunning!! I have made the recommendation for years but without success. However, if you agree about the appropriateness of the print, perhaps your voice will carry more weight.

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posted 04-09-2009 04:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for john ffoulkes   Click Here to Email john ffoulkes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Alan Bean's "A Giant Leap" still available to purchase at issue price of $265 from ArtUSA.com.

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posted 04-09-2009 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks John, just bought one.

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posted 04-09-2009 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Andy McCulley   Click Here to Email Andy McCulley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's listed now at $395.00.

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posted 04-09-2009 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dennis Beatty:
Perhaps you could suggest that they issue "For One Priceless Moment" as a limited edition piece.
I NEVER liked that one, and refused to sell or even acknowledge it. No one's ever requested it either. That might account for their reluctance to do it again.

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posted 04-10-2009 09:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mr Poor, I'm curious why you didn't like "For one Priceless Moment". Looks like it was released to commemorate the 20th Anniversary sponsored by NASM. I don't see much difference in that artwork and most of Alan Bean's earlier pieces. Thank you.

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posted 04-11-2009 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a (former) artist myself, I thought the execution of the figures was not up to par. Evidently, most people agreed. It sold very slowly.

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posted 04-13-2009 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Funnily enough, I viewed "A Giant Leap" as one of Bean's lesser works, because I thought the execution of the figure was not his best. It's what kept me from buying this limited edition.

(Granted, a lesser Bean work is better than anything I could ever hope to do.)

I suspect if he re-did the piece today, he'd do a much better job of it.

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posted 04-15-2009 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mjanovec:
I suspect if he re-did the piece today, (Giant Leap) he'd do a much better job of it.
Although Bean's space suited figures tend to look like they are wearing pants instead of bulky spacesuits, I think he is a true master at conveying emotion through body language in a faceless spacesuit.

His intent was to show Armstrong's apprehension and the significance of "shifting his weight" off the safety of the LM to take the first step on another world. I think "Giant Leap" succeeds in that intent.

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posted 04-15-2009 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Spacefest:
I think he is a true master at conveying emotion through body language in a faceless spacesuit.

As I have mentioned to Al on several occasions, the epitome of this observation is his work "Heavenly Reflections." The way in which he portrayed the shock of himself and Pete noticing the Earth in the black sky is awesome...he is touching Pete's shoulder as if he's saying, "Look at that!" and Pete's gloved hands are spread out in a way that truly looks like he's amazed.

The jet-black background and the tiny reflection of the Earth in their visors gives the piece a stark look that really shows they are out there on the edge.

It has always been one of my favorite works of Bean and I'm surprised they are still available at the original issue price.

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posted 04-16-2009 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 328KF:
As I have mentioned to Al on several occasions, the epitome of this observation is his work "Heavenly Reflections."

I agree. And he's only showing half the figures. Alan pointed out that the reflection of Earth in the visors was impossible given the overall lighting.

Like all artists, he misses the mark sometimes, especially on smaller figures, but when he gets it right...

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posted 04-21-2009 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sam Que   Click Here to Email Sam Que     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is anyone aware when "Giant Leap" will ship from the publisher?

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posted 04-21-2009 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some time in the next few weeks.

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posted 04-30-2009 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacefest   Click Here to Email Spacefest     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got a few in today, more tomorrow, and more are coming Monday (5/3).

New size: 12x15. They are spectacular IMHO. We'll begin sending them out immediately.

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posted 04-30-2009 10:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for davidcwagner   Click Here to Email davidcwagner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It arrived yesterday. Great art. Looking at the new prices on different website it was a great investment too.

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Today is a day in history that changed the way we look at the moon forever. My wife Jackie and I had been trying to think of what we could do to mark this larger than life event. Once we had received our copy of Alan Bean's "A Giant Leap" it hit us. We need to do a full scale replica of that event to match as closely a we could Alan Bean's painting. It was finished yesterday and now has a home in our home.

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posted 07-20-2009 07:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WOW! Construction details please!

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It is basically PCV pipe. The main leg is 6 inch diameter for the top section and 4 inch for the lower end. The lower end is held in position with 1"x2" pine strips and then the upper section is attached to the lower with long wood screws. The outriggers are 3 inch PVC tube with an end cap that was a 3 inch grate. Jackie filled the openings with body filler and sanded it smooth with a 3/8" hole in the middle and painted it silver. A 3/8 inch threaded rod holds them to the main leg (bent at the correct angle) using wood squares along the length of the rod to stabilize it.

The foot pad is done the same way with 5/8 threaded rod. The lower end has two wooded balls that make up the pivot assembly as well. The ladder is all aluminum and is 0.5" x 1 1/8" bar with 1 inch tubing. We drilled halfway through each bar using a 1 inch hole saw and this held in the rungs. The ladder is secured with bolts into the leg.

The covering is Mylar from some space blankets we picked up at KSC and the tape strips are actual Kapton tape we bought online. And the foot pad is a water heater overflow pan Jackie found at Home Depot that we attached to a piece of 3/4 inch plywood. The plaque (although it would have been covered up for the first step) is a Creative Source replica.

We had fun figuring out how to put this together and finding material to make it work. Jackie made a support armature structure for the astronaut using galvanized pipe wrapped in foam to give it some bulk as a mannequin would have not filled it out as well. There are some things we still want to do such as work on the helmet and add an antenna, but all in due time.

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posted 07-21-2009 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess I should have stated that the astronaut spacesuit was an eBay purchase.

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