This delicious book presents the drama of the greatest space missions as seen through the gaze of masters of modern art, inviting us to dream of life on other planets.
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Exploring outer space has been a human goal dating back to a time when we could not yet define what that enormous light in the sky that defined seasons and life on Earth was. Before we knew that the moon lacked light of its own there were already creators envisioning life on this satellite and in hundreds of planets beyond. NASA has been able to make that dream come true by exploring other worlds, and by recognising that as well as important scientific achievements, space exploration quenches a thirst for fantasy, which lead to the eloquent founding of a somewhat unlikely arts programme in 1962.
James Webb, the program’s creator, thought that “Important events can be interpreted by artists to provide unique insight into significant aspects of our history-making advances into space. An artistic record of this nation’s program of space exploration”, that left behind an artistic legacy reflecting a different side of the agency, through artistic revelations.
In 2008 the Smithsonian Museum celebrated the agency’s fiftieth anniversary with an exhibition and a magnificent book entitled NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration. Here we can appreciate works created by renowned masters of the twentieth century like Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg , as well as contemporary creators like Annie Leibovitz and Daniel Zeller. The images of the book invite us to explore the mysteries that can be found spread throughout the macrocosm.
While NASA has been recognised for its enormous achievements and its contributions to space exploration, their art program resulted in the burgeoning of some truly inspiring pieces. This beautiful edition evokes an almost child-like curiosity that leads us to devour its pages, feeding our dreams and fantasies. Undoubtedly NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration is a small treasure that must become a part of everybody’s personal library, whether we love art, space contemplation or science.Tagged: NASA, books, cosmos, space exploration, science