Artists For the American Way

As an admirer and collector of art himself, Norman Lear has advocated for the rights of artists to express themselves fully and freely throughout his lifetime. As a result, some of this country’s most brilliant artists have created art to help support our work. Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Graham, and Ed Ruscha (to name a few) have all created or donated pieces specifically for PFAW Foundation. It’s an extensive list, and we’re humbled that they’ve contributed artwork that is so personal to our mission.

For more information about our history with the arts, see below.

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One of our fundraising efforts is to promote the sale of some of these artworks. Proceeds from the sales are used to further the work of PFAW Foundation and its efforts to monitor and counter the right wing, keep money out of politics, advocate for fair, just courts, and support our successful leadership networks as they mobilize young people, African American clergy, and progressive elected officials in their communities across the country.

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Richard Serra

Fake President, 2017
Screenprint with red hand-stamping
Signed & numbered
24″ x 18″
Limited Edition of 250

Chuck Close

Norman Lear Portrait, 2018
(large print)
Edition of 10
Archival watercolor pigment print on Hahnemühle rag paper
55 ½ x 44

Chuck Close

Norman Lear Portrait, 2018
(small print)
Edition of 50
Archival watercolor pigment print on Hahnemühle rag paper
30 ¼ x 24 ¼

Jasper Johns

Painting With Two Balls, 1971
Silkscreen: seven screens
German Etching paper
Signed & numbered
39 1/4” x 27 1/2”
Edition 44/59

Dustin Yellin

Ant Farm 18, 2015
19” x 19”

Ed Ruscha

Compass, 1990
Screenprint in colors, on P.T.I. Supra
Signed and numbered
40.5 x 29.25 inches
Limited edition of 60
Multiple editions available

Ed Ruscha

Liberty, 2011
3-color lithograph/screenprint
Signed and numbered
26” x 20″ (66.0 x 50.8 cm)
Limited edition of 75
Multiple editions available

Robert Rauschenberg

People for the American Way, 1991
Poster, signed
31 1/2″ x 24″ (80.01 x 60.96 cm)
Limited edition
Multiple prints available

Garry Trudeau Free For All, 2002

Garry Trudeau

Free For All, 2002
Limited edition of 250
Multiple prints available

Nancy Chunn

Chicken Little and the Garden of Fear, 2006
Iris print on Somerset velvet paper
23” x 23”
Edition 18/25

William Wegman

Hats, 1996
Lithograph and silkscreen on paper
12 ½” x 12 ¼”
Edition 48/100

Cindy Sherman

Untitled (Bathing Suit), 2000
24” x 16 ½”
Edition 71/100

Nancy Spero

We are Prochoice, 1992
16 1/8″ x 26”
Edition 74/75

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People For’s Progressive History in the Arts

PFAW Foundation has been fortunate enough to honor the legacies of many renowned artists’ work on the walls of our Washington, D.C. office for many years. Visitors and staff members alike have greatly enjoyed the artwork, and many have commented on its relevance to our organization’s core values.

Since day one, the rights of artists to express themselves fully and freely, to provoke and to challenge us have been part of our core mission. PFAW Foundation and its affiliate People For the American Way have led public campaigns to support public broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts when they were under attack from right-wing politicians. We’ve given advice and legal assistance to individual artists and arts organizations facing censorship challenges. And we’ve engaged artists to create visual works or participate in public performances calling attention to constitutional principles and the threats to those principles.