From Publishers Weekly
This collaboration with NASA (where two of the editors work; the other two are associated with the Smithsonian) celebrates the centenary of flight, marked by Wilbur and Orville Wright's invention of the airplane in 1903 (an excerpt from Orville's diary is included). Filled with full-color and black-and-white photos, this beautiful coffee-table book captures flight as the plane has matured into an instrument to wage war and a vehicle to reach the stars. But what really stand out are the works of art that the concept of flying has inspired-poems such as "On the Beaches of the Moon," by Archibald MacLeish or "Kitty Hawk," by Robert Frost; and such paintings as Airplane Flying, by Kazimir Malevich, Notre Avenir est dans l'Air, by Pablo Picasso, or Moonwalk 1, by Andy Warhol. This is an homage in the artistic sense, so historians flipping the pages won't find snapshots of fighter planes in combat, stills of Kitty Hawk's brief flight, or explosive rocket ship liftoffs.
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About the Author
Anne Collins Goodyear is Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. While a Guggenheim Fellow at the National Air and Space Museum, she conducted extensive research into the history of the NASA Art Program. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation addresses "Space, Sputnik, and Technocracy: American Art of the Second Machine Age, 1957-1971."; Roger Launius is a member of the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Previously, he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has written or edited a number of books on aerospace history, including Imagining Space: Achievements, Predictions, Possibilities, 1950-2050 (Chronicle Books, 2001) and NASA and the Exploration of Space (Stewart, Tabori, & Chang, 1998); Anthony Springer is NASA's representative for Centennial of Flight activities and the Alliance Development Manager for the Office of Aerospace Technology. He also has held positions as the NASA resident manager for the X-34 project and as a project and test engineer with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; Bertram Ulrich is Curator of the NASA Art Program and is also responsible for NASA's visual identity for the Office of Public Affairs. A painter himself, he also lectured on American culture during a Fulbright Fellowship in Austria. He co-authored a book with Roger Launius on the NASA Art Program entitled NASA and the Exploration of Space (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1998).