Roy Lichtenstein, ‘JOBS...NOT CHEESE!’, 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘JOBS...NOT CHEESE!’, 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery
Roy Lichtenstein, ‘JOBS...NOT CHEESE!’, 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery

Jobs Not Cheese! Moffett for Senator is a limited edition offset lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil by legendary pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. (NOT to be confused with the unnumbered open edition poster). In 1982, Connecticut Congressman John "Toby" Moffett, a liberal Democrat who had previously worked with consumer activist Ralph Nader, ran for Senate in Connecticut. Moffett's supporters included renowned art patrons Francis and Sydney Lewis who asked Roy Lichtenstein to create the campaign poster. The image is based on a previous poster created in 1977 for an exhibit at ACE Gallery entitled Surrealist Paintings, featuring the 1977 painting Cheese Head. The addition of the text "Jobs not Cheese" was an inspired campaign motto by Lichtenstein in response to then-President Ronald Reagan's infamous "Let them eat cheese" quote referring to his stance on welfare recipients.
Image Size: 23.5 x 20.5 in. (59.69 x 52.07 cm.)
Overall Size: 33.25 x 23.75 in. (84.46 x 60.32 cm.)
Framed Size: 34 x 24.5 in. (86.36 x 62.23 cm.)
Published by the Campaign to Elect Senator Toby Moffett
This work comes from the Estate of Dr. Arthur C. Carr, distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at both Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical College and a renowned art collector. Dr. Carr was an early collector of artists like Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Agnes Martin, and Andy Warhol, many of whom he met in person. This work comes in the original 1980s aluminum frame to preserve provenance. On the reverse is a label from Jack's Art Gallery, a well known frame shop near Dr. Carr's residence at Columbia University. This work has not been examined out of the frame; there is some minor overall rippling visible, that could be straightened out by a restorer or re-framed out. It is sold it ins original frame to preserve provenance.

Signature: Signed lower right; numbered lower left in pencil

Publisher: Campaign to Elect Senator Toby Moffett

This work comes from the Estate of Dr. Arthur C. Carr, distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at both Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical College and a renowned art collector. Dr. Carr was an early collector of artists like Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Agnes Martin, and Andy Warhol, many of whom he met in person. This work comes in the original 1980s aluminum frame to preserve provenance. On the reverse is a label from Jack's Art Gallery, a well known frame shop near Dr. Carr's residence at Columbia University. This work has not been examined out of the frame.

About Roy Lichtenstein

When American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey in 1961, it set the tone for his career. This primary-color portrait of the cartoon mouse introduced Lichtenstein’s detached and deadpan style at a time when introspective Abstract Expressionism reigned. Mining material from advertisements, comics, and the everyday, Lichtenstein brought what was then a great taboo—commercial art—into the gallery. He stressed the artificiality of his images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the flat, single-color Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand using paint and stencils. Later in his career, Lichtenstein extended his source material to art history, including the work of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and experimented with three-dimensional works. Lichtenstein’s use of appropriated imagery has influenced artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon.

American, 1923-1997, New York, New York, based in New York and Southampton, New York

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