Strange Encounter For The First Time, 1980

Serigraph in 15 colors

Edition 300 , 30 Artist's Proofs, 30 AP (Artist's Proofs), 5 PP (Printer's Proofs), 10 HC (Hors de Commerce)

Shuttle Craft Series

Paper Size: 30 x 40"

Image Size: 26⅞ x 36⅜"

Gallery Print, 100% cotton rag

Printed at Brand X Editions, 236 West 27th Street, New York, NY by Robert Blanton

About this print: The first orbiter craft that was built by NASA was called, "The Enterprise". In a whimsical fantasy of the artist, "Strange Encounter For The First Time", shows the NASA "Enterprise" encountering the Star Trek "Starship Enterprise" in outer space.

About this series: This delightfully whimsical series was created while the artist was part of the NASA art program to document the Shuttle Craft project. These images were created before the Shuttle Craft actually flew. At the time the series was created, NASA was trying to justify to the tax-paying public the importance of the Shuttle Program and its benefits to mankind. The images are from the artist's humorous, creative ideas for uses for the Shuttle Craft, as well as situations the Shuttle Craft might experience. The titles of the prints are self-explanatory. Of particular interest in this series is the artist's extensive use of black for the background, using it to contrast against and enhance his use of color. The prints are in the NASA art collection and have traveled the world as part of NASA sponsored exhibits. They are also in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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