Daily Archives: July 20, 2009

One Giant Leap Into the Art World

WASHINGTON / July 19, 2009 / AFP — FORTY YEARS AFTER Alan Bean became the fourth man to walk on the moon, the now 77-year-old former astronaut still likes to share his memories of space flight with a broad audience — by painting them.

Alan Bean in front of his painting easel at his art studio in Houston, October 14, 2008. Credit: Photo by Carolyn Russo/NASM, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Bean decided to make the switch from astronaut to artist a dozen years after the Apollo 12 mission that took him to the moon in November 1969 and after spending two months in space in 1973 on board Skylab, and his souvenirs from both missions dominate his artwork.

When, at age 49, he dropped a bombshell on his bosses and colleagues at NASA, telling them that he was leaving to become a full-time painter, they wondered if he wasn’t in the throes of lunacy.

But they’ve all come round and now quite like the canvasses that Bean sells for up to 200,000 dollars these days, some incorporating precious moon dust and threads from the American flag that was on his space suit during his moon flight into the textured acrylics that are his preferred medium.

“It may be 500 years from now, but they will have a gallery on the moon,” he said.

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Did you know? July 20, 2009 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing in 1969! Pop artist Peter Max was also influenced by outer space, saying, “If I didn’t choose art, I would have become an astronomer.” What inspires you?

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  • For information on the Smithsonian exhibit “Alan Bean: Painting Apollo, First Artist on Another World,” visit www.nasm.si.edu
  • Learn more about Pop artist Peter Max www.parkwestgallery.com


Park West Gallery Re-Launches Pablo Picasso Website

Pablo Picasso. La Celestine Acte XV. 1968.

Website features expanded information and imagery of the 347 Series, La Celestine, and Suite Vollard artwork

PARK WEST GALLERY is pleased to announce the re-launch of its Pablo Picasso Website. The site includes expanded information about Picasso’s 347 Series and the La Celestine images. Additionally, more imagery of Picasso’s 347 Series and Suite Vollard has been posted.

The 347 Series is a compilation of 347 etchings, engraving and drypoints and represents one of the last great collections of Picasso graphic works. The entire series was created in only seven months (from March 16 – October 5, 1968) and was part of Picasso’s historic battle against the wave of conceptual and theoretical “art” that was the rage in avant-garde circles in the late 1960’s.

Sixty-six of the 347 images were created for a small folio called Tales of Celestine, which explored Picasso’s fascination with the character of Celestina from the Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea (Book of Calisto and Melibea and the Old Whore Celestina), a novel published in 1499 by Fernando de Rojas.

Suite Vollard is 100 etchings created by Picasso between 1930 and 1937 and was one of Ambroise Vollard’s most impressive undertakings. Ambroise Vollard, while relatively unknown in his day, has come to be recognized as one of the greatest art dealers and publishers of the 20th century. Over the years, history has vindicated Vollard’s artistic instinct and his championship of once controversial painters, including Cézanne, Renoir, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Rousseau, Rouault, and Picasso.

Visit picasso.parkwestgallery.com to view Park West’s latest updates and learn more about Master Artist Pablo Picasso.


Picasso once asked, “Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” What do you think and why? Share your ideas here!

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Thank You Park West for a Wonderful Cruise

Tim Yanke. "Kokopelli (fig. 1)."“I wish to thank you for the wonderful cruise on the Norwegian Dawn. I enjoyed everything about the cruise… loved the accommodations, the Park West hospitality and the opportunity to view/purchase wonderful pieces of art.

I am grateful for the invitation to this VIP function and sincerely appreciate all that the Park West staff did to make the experience so enjoyable. It is always lots of fun to meet and get to know the Park West artists too.”

Dave N.,
West Barnstable, Massachusetts



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Park West Gallery Blog Recognized as Best of the Best in Art

Featured in Alltop

THE PARK WEST GALLERY BLOG (if you’re reading this posting, you’ve probably seen it – welcome!) was recently chosen as a “Best of the Best” blog by Alltop!

Park West is extremely honored to have been selected for a listing in the Alltop Art category – showing “All the top art news.” Alltop describes itself as “online magazine rack” of popular topics. The site aggregates the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs, covering topics spanning from art to politics to sports.

Not only is the Park West Gallery blog featured in the company of some of the best Art blogs on the web, but this recognition is further confirmation that we’re fulfilling our mission to provide art enthusiasts with the latest in interesting art, artist and gallery news.

Thank you Alltop for recognizing the Park West Gallery blog!


What are your favorite art and design blogs? Share links to your favorite art sites here!

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