A Lunar Warhol? Far out. Walt Becher writes on Tampa Bay Online:
When author and art curator Jade Dellinger looks up at a full moon, he thinks it’s amazing that there might be a tiny “Moon Museum” there containing the works of six world famous artists, including Andy Warhol.
Dellinger, a Tampa-based art and pop culture expert, has a rare duplicate of a tiny ceramic chip containing the six drawings that could have been smuggled aboard the Apollo 12 moon mission in 1969.
The chip, which may be attached to a lunar module left behind, contains the whimsical and symbolic work of radical ’60s artists Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, Robert Rauschenberg, David Novros, John Chamberlain and Forrest “Frosty” Myers, who was the mastermind behind the project.
“It’s fantastic to think that these artists managed to get something that represents our culture on the moon,” said Dellinger whose curiosity about this 40-year-old mystery lead to an investigation by the PBS series History Detectives.
The legend of the chip begins with the monumental first walk on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Dellinger said the artists, especially Myers, were caught up in the country’s fascination with the space program. Some of them already were close friends with the top engineers and designers working on the moon missions.
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