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    Mort Künstler (American, b. 1931)
    Test Firing the Main Engine, National Space Technology Laboratories, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, July 12, 1980
    Oil on canvas
    40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
    Signed and dated lower left: MKünstler / '80

    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;
    Arizona Biltmore, Scottsdale, Arizona, "An American Adventure: Space Shuttle Columbia," n.d.;
    California Museum of Science and Industry, Los Angeles, California, n.d.;
    Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, New York, "The American Spirit: The Paintings of Mort Künstler," August 27-November 5, 2006;
    Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville, Georgia, 2011-2016.

    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 Report*:

    Unlined canvas; minor frame wear with abrasions along lower right edge; under UV light, there appears to be no inpaint; framed under acrylic. Framed Dimensions 47.75 X 37.75 X 2 Inches

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