A Cultural History
Interesting observation. It is odd to me that an sexist piece could be made in the 1980's about female astronauts...especially after Sally Ride becoming a national hero. Who were made this art piece was daff and tonedeaf. Sad.
It was used to illustrate an article about women in space, probably inspired by Sally Ride. I guess it was meant to be humorous although it's been accused of being sexist. In his defence Les Edwards stated the pieces was a commission and followed clear instruction from the art director. ie, if the joke backfired then it wasn't Les who was to blame. I just think its mildly amusing and a bit silly but a nicely crafted painting.