Mort Künstler (American, b. 1931) Launch Site Sketch, Space Shuttle Columbia Pre-Launch: April 12, 1981, 5:50 AM Oil on paper Size: 6 by 5 inches (15.2 by 12.7 cm) (image) framed 16 1/4 by 14 1/4 by 1 Inches Initialed lower right: MK Dated along lower edge: 4.12.81 5:50 AM
THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLLECTION BY MORT KÜNSTLER
PROVENANCE: Rockwell International Corporation; California Science Center (formerly California Museum of Science and Industry), Los Angeles, California; Collection of Mort Künstler.
EXHIBITIONS: Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, "An American Adventure: Space Shuttle Columbia," September, 1981; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, "An American Adventure: Space Shuttle Columbia," October 5-20, 1981; Hammer Galleries, New York, "Mort Künstler: Epic Paintings of America," October 27-November 7, 1981.
LITERATURE: "Shuttle Painter," The Evening Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, November 27, 1980; "Artist Wants a Window Seat for First Trip into Space," Harrisburg News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, November 28, 1980; H. Herzig, "Capturing The Space Shuttle on Canvas: Mort Künstler Paints for Rockwell International," North Shore Magazine, Andover, Massachusetts, April 1981-May 1981, p. 14-16; L. Van Gelder, "Space-Age Artist Books for the Shuttle," New York Times, New York, June 1, 1981; "Rockwell International Corp. Commissioned Seven Paintings by Illustrator Mort Kunstler," Pittsburgh Business Journal, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 28, 1981; R. Gigler, "Painting the Sound and Fury" Pittsburgh Press, Sunday Magazine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 27, 1981, cover, p. 28-29, illustrated; "Space Shuttle Art Show Wings Its Way to Premiere Here," Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 5, 1981; "Watercolors, Space Shuttle Paintings are on Display," The Record, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, October 7, 1981; Grand Central Art Galleries, An American Adventure: Space Shuttle Columbia Oil Paintings by Mort Künstler, exhibition catalogue, 1981, New York, illustrated; M. Grumbacher, "Painting an American Adventure," Palette Talk, Inc., New York, 1982, p. 6-7, illustrated; H. S. Commager, The American Spirit - the Paintings of Mort Künstler, New York, 1986; H. S. Commager, The American Spirit - the Paintings of Mort Künstler, Nashville, Tennessee, 1994.
Condition: There appears to be no major visible condition issues to note. Not examined out of frame. framed under glass.
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