Friday, February 23, 2018

20 Iconic New Yorker Covers

Emily Temple in the Literary Hub.

“View of the World from 9th Avenue,” Saul Steinberg, March 29, 1976

Many iconic images of New York have originated at the New Yorker. You will find here 20 of the most memorable.

In a review of a recent exhibition of Steinberg’s work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chris Ware wrote:
Historically speaking, “View of the World from 9th Avenue” was a cartoon nuclear reaction, smashing together what New York thought of itself with what the world thought of New York, all on the cover of The New Yorker itself. 
It spawned countless city-centered rip-offs that spiraled their particle trails through 1970s dens across the nation, including mine. 
To this day it remains the magazine’s most famous cover not featuring its unofficial mascot, Eustace Tilley. 
Yet the thieving of Steinberg’s easily thieved premise rankled him for the rest of his life, the most visible sign of his success legitimizing yet also blurring the importance of his contributions to cartooning, to say nothing of twentieth-century art.

Other iconic covers:

“Moment of Joy,” by Jack Hunter, July 8 & 15, 2013

“New Yorkistan,” by Maira Kalman and Rick Meyerowitz, December 10, 2001

“9/11/2001,” by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, September 24, 2001

“The Politics of Fear,” by Barry Blitt, July 21, 2008

“Broken Arch,” by Bob Staake, December 8, 2014

“The Low Road,” Art Spiegelman, February 16, 1998

“Reflection,” by Bob Staake, November 17th, 2008

“High Fashion,” by Danuta Dabrowska-Siemaszkiewicz, November 8, 1999

“The Kiss,” by Art Spiegelman, February 15, 1993

Theodore G. Haupt, October 11th, 1930

“Missed Connection,” by Adrian Tomine, November 8, 2004

“Book Lovers,” by Adrian Tomine, June 9, 2008

“After Escher: Gulf Sky and Water,” by Bob Staake, July 5, 2010

“Shelved,” by Roz Chast, October 18, 2010

“Dark Spring,” Christoph Niemann, March 28, 2011

“Life at the Top,” by Eric Drooker, September 12, 1994

Will Cotton, May 11, 1935

“A Day at the Beach,” by Kadir Nelson, July 11 & 18, 2016

The New Yorker‘s first-ever cover art, by Rea Irvin, February 21st, 1925

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