I am rewriting the introduction to this Catalogue just days before it goes to the printer. This may sound like a problem, but I assure you, it’s a good thing, because I have the opportunity to tell a story about how the relationship between The Greenwich Workshop and our artists ensures that when you purchase one of our Fine Art Editions, you are buying the highest quality art reproductions made today.
My first draft of this column was about Greenwich Workshop artist Alan Bean (and, yes, this one is, too). This year, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Alan Bean’s Apollo 12 mission when on November 19 and 20 1969, Charles “Pete” Conrad and Alan Bean became the third and fourth humans to set foot on the surface of the Moon. The image, we chose to publish in November, painted by the only artist to journey to another world, was Is Anyone Out There?
The canvas edition of Is Anyone Out There? sold out through word-of-mouth and viral marketing even before we completed this Catalogue. Advance orders on the paper edition were tracking to a sell out, too. At the same time, a production problem arose concerning the digital capture of the original painting. Knowing that if we could send men to the moon, we certainly could work out the issues with a digital file, we pressed ahead.
Well, we hit the “go or no-go” wall. Alan and our production team had been willing to let the process progress to a certain point but, the long and short of it, we would need to re-photograph the original painting in order to create the high-quality Fine Art Editions for which we are known.
The original painting, Is Anyone Out There?, is currently hanging at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. in a one man show honoring Astronaut and Artist Alan Bean and we will not have access to it until the show ends in January 2010.
It’s important that collectors know that Greenwich Workshop artists are an intricate part of the production process and our editions cannot go forward without their approval. Alan Bean would not have let us proceed, even had we wanted, too. So, not even something as momentous as the 40th anniversary of our good friend walking on the Moon overcomes our commitment to quality.
We will publish Is Anyone Out There? in March 2010 and today we are publishing our intended March 2010 Alan Bean Fine Art Edition, The Eagle is Headed Home. This popular Alan Bean painting features the moment Apollo XI’s Lunar Module Eagle began its journey back to Earth. It is the fourth in a series of releases this year that focused on the first lunar mission in 1969 with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
We are honored to be considered both publisher and friend of an artist like Alan Bean, for that matter, the entire Greenwich Workshop Family of Artists. At the end of the day, they choose to work with us because they have invested greatly in their art and in their good name and it is our mission to live up to the standards they have set.
Publisher and President
P.S. A reminder that through this Catalogue, you will note the following symbol “M” appearing beneath certain images. This denotes images that are presented in a hand-crafted Montgomery Frame.
||Montgomery Frame shown
in print version of Catalogue.
(Framing not included.)
P.P.S. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Greenwich Workshop.
The Eagle is Headed Home
by Alan Bean
The Lunar Module Eagle has just made the first lunar liftoff. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are ascending from Tranquility Base to transfer themselves and their treasure of moon rocks to the command module and head for home.
“On the Apollo 12 mission,” said artist and astronaut Alan Bean, “I recall looking out the window during lift-off and seeing a ring of bright orange, silver and black flashes of light expanding rapidly outward, glints from pieces of metal-foil insulation blasted from the descent stage by the ascent engine.”
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée
limited to 150 s/n.
24"w x 16"h.
is North America’s leading publisher of fine art editions from today’s most sought-after artists. Available only through a network of Authorized Fine Art Dealers in the United States, Canada and the U.K. We have been enriching lives through art since 1972.
151 Main St. Seymour, CT 06483
203-881-3336 or 800-243-4246
is a showcase of the latest releases from our family of artists. Catalogue also features previous releases from artists, but represents only a small portion of our complete fine art collection. To view the entire Greenwich Workshop Fine Art collection, visit: www.greenwichworkshop.com
Each release appearing in Catalogue is accompanied by its Fine Art information. Here is a sample with definitions:
|Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 100 s/n. 19"w x 24"h.
Canvas is the type of Fine Art Edition. Each canvas is accompanied by a brass title plate except SmallWorks™.
s/n signed by the artist and consecutively numbered (unless otherwise noted).
Sizes (w x h) listed in Fine Art information are the width and height dimensions of the image area.
Prices shown are in U.S. dollars.
For more information on fine art editions, visit our FAQ page.
Throughout Catalogue you will see groupings of artist’s images in color bars at the bottom of their respective pages. These are generally small details of larger images. Visit the web address provided to see an artist’s entire portfolio.