Artist: Alan Bean Title: America's Team - Just the Begining Edition Size: Open edition. Medium:Lithograph Print on Paper Size: 36 1/4"w x 15 3/4"h. About the Art: Over forty years after Neil Armstrong took one small step for a man and one giant leap for all mankind, The Greenwich Workshop is proud to present America’s Team…Just the Beginning. This handsome fine art poster, which is astronaut and artist Alan Bean’s follow-up to America’s Team – We’re #1, is his commemoration of an important, historic anniversary.
The Space Center Houston asked Alan if they could create a mural from America’s Team – We’re #1. But the accomplished fine artist, who was also the fourth person to walk on the moon, knew that his portrait of Neil Armstrong was the wrong shape to make the transfer to the wall correctly. A new painting was called for, combing the best qualities of the original painting with Bean’s new approach.
America’s Team…Just the Beginning was that painting. “Since the faces of the astronauts are not visible because of their spacesuits’ reflective visors, the only way to show emotion is by having Neil hold up his index fingers in the universal sign of champions,” says Bean. “Believe me, I know how he felt.”
Now Alan Bean, artist and former astronaut, celebrates this human triumph in a commemorative poster that can be treasured for years to come.
Alan Bean—Apollo XII astronaut, commander of Skylab II and artist—was born in 1932 in Wheeler, Texas. In 1950 he was selected for an NROTC scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1955, he was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy. Holder of eleven world records in space and astronautics, as well as numerous national and international honors, Alan Bean has had a most distinguished peacetime career. His awards include two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal and the Robert J. Collier Trophy. As part of the Apollo XII crew, he became the fourth of only twelve men ever to walk on the Moon. As the spacecraft commander of Skylab Mission II, he set a world record: 24,400,000 miles traveled during the 59-day flight. He has also launched himself successfully into a new career as an artist.
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