Kitchen Kut-Outs, 1967 pen and ink on paper sight each sheet 11 x 8 1/4in (27.3 x 21cm)
Exhibition: Lyon, France, Institut d'art contemporain de Villeurbanne, Biennale d'art contemporain, September 12 - December 31st, 2005
Note: This two page centerfold ran in the All New ZAP Comix, no. 1, November 1967 and HEAD Comix, New York, Viking, 1968. It quickly became one of Crumbs most famous works from his early period. Like the Keep On Truckin image that stuck with everyone who ever read the one page Comix feature or the artist's cover for Janis Joplins famous Big Brother and the Holding Company record album with the paneled design, Kitchen Kut-Outs instantly became a classic image from the counter-culture of the 1960s. This two page feature had a life of its own outside of its appearance in the first issue of ZAP. Many people cut-out these figures, colored them, and stuck them on their refrigerators during the 1960s.
In this artwork Crumb uses covers 100% of every page common with everyday objects and organic-looking 1930s comic characters. He also hand lettered all of the text including the overhead title and character names for each kut-out. Not unlike the Pop artists of the 1950s and 1960s who used everyday images in their work, Crumb used common kitchen objects to further his humor within the pages of the black and white comic book.