Exhibit of Interest: Mary Petty
What fun! 30 Mary Petty watercolors on exhibit at the Huntsville (Alabama) Museum of Art: The Life and Art of Mary Petty.
Article of Interest: New Yorker Cover Artist John Cuneo
From HV1, April 11, 2018, “Dancing Bears and John Cuneo’s Portable Therapy” — this good read about the fascinating Mr. Cuneo.
The Tilley Watch Online: April 9-13
The week’s Daily Cartoons were courtesy of: Peter Kuper (Trump’s cabinet), Ellis Rosen (politics: Michael Cohen), Kim Warp ( Facebook), Brendan Loper (politics: Trump-related), and Paul Noth (taxes)
On Daily Shouts, contributing the New Yorker cartoonists were Maddie Dai, Kim Warp, and Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell
And Even More E. Simms Campbell on Attempted Bloggery
As the world turns, let’s not forget that Stephen Nadler continues his E. Simms Campbell fest on his wonderful blog. So much to see there (here).
Here’s Mr. Campbell’s entry on the A-Z:
E. Simms Campbell (photo above) Born, 1906. Died, 1971. NYer work: 1932 -1942. Key collections: Cuties in Arms (1943) – the earliest published collection of cartoons by an African-American cartoonist); More Cuties in Arms (also 1943); and Chorus of Cuties (1953)
The current administration, as usual, provided, in one way or another, fodder for this week’s Daily cartoons. Brendan Loper‘s work book-ended the week with Peter Kuper, Jason Chatfield (and co-writer Scott Dooley), Jeremy Nguyen in between.
Non-cartoon Laff ‘o’ the Week by Andy Borowitz:
…Don’t forget that MoCCA Fest 2018 is underway. Events galore over the next two days.
The latest issue is themed: The Mind Issue. Don’t mind me if I zip through the issue this week. Seeing the cover pop up digitally this morning I immediately thought of Steinberg’s 1961 collection,The Labyrinth (I also thought how much I dislike seeing drawings of or photos of brains. Squeamish, I guess).
This type of a cartoon-look-inside-the-head drawing goes way back — I know I’ve seen an animated version or three that were likely produced in the 1930s or 40s or earlier? Animation archivists would surely be able to pinpoint the dates.
A quick aside: thinking that Steinberg had done a cover using the cartoon-inside-the-head device I ended up looking through decades of New Yorker covers this morning. It was a blast spending time with The Complete Book of Covers of The New Yorker: 1925 -1989 (Knopf, 1989) taking in the art and artistry.
And now to the cartoons. The words “thinker” and “thought” appear in the first two cartoons of the issue (Tom Toro’s and Bruce Kaplan’s, in that order), thus somewhat tying them into the issue’s theme. After that the cartoons are mostly on their own, as usual (although the Frank Cotham drawing, on page 65, does have “think” in its caption).
Looking through the issue, I found myself in a thinking mode. I was thinking, or maybe wondering is a better word, if Rea Irvin’s classic Talk of the Town masthead will ever be returned to its rightful throne (sorry about that. I’ve just started watching Game of Thrones — a bit late, but better late than…). Here’s Mr. Irvin’s masthead:
As sometimes happens here on the Monday Tilley Watch, I’m not going to go drawing-by-drawing this week. Here are all the cartoonists represented (for the record, your honor):
I do want to point out a trio of graphic favorites. They each surprised at first sight:
Charlie Hankin’s The Thinker cartoon (ah, another one tied-in to the issue’s theme). I do wish this was allowed a bit more space on the page; Rodin’s man looks squeezed in there.
Seth Fleishman’s long ago subway drawing (and there it is: this week’s subway drawing!). I like that it was allowed to spread across the top of the page.
For more reading on each and every cartoon in this issue be sure to check out the Cartoon Companion. They usually post their rated takes by Thursday evening.
— See you next week.
You can see all of the above, and more, here.
New York Magazine Remembers Robert Grossman
Mr. Grossman, who died last week, is celebrated by another NYC/Metro area publication of note. Read it here.
Roz Chast has the first drawing (p.19). The setting of several folks lined up on a sofa hard up against a wall seems to belong to her. It’s her signature, as much as George Booth’s guy-in-the bathtub scenario is his.
Six pages later a Zach Kanin cozy-under-a-blanket-by-a-fire drawing (coincidentally, the action in the drawing is set on a sofa). The cartoon is anchored by the use of the word “breasts” in the caption. A quick online search shows a modest number of New Yorker breast-related cartoons, with very few actually mentioning breasts in the caption. One that came readily to mind is this classic courtesy of Jack Ziegler from November of 1997.
Nine pages later, a fun Seth Fleishman drawing (captionless, of course. His specialty). Succinct clean lines and ideas. The same could be said for the very next cartoonist: William Haefeli. Unlike Mr. Fleishman, he works with a caption. This particular drawing is textbook Haefeli. Even the inconsequential fruit in the bowl (in the foreground) is rendered as if it is essential to our grasp of the entire piece.
On the very next page is a grand drawing from Charlie Hankin, well-placed on the page. A crime scene by P.C. Vey is on the opposite page. I love how he’s drawn the victim. This compact set of drawings is one of my favorites in quite awhile (the set consisting of Fleishman, Haefeli, Hankin, and Vey).
Five pages later, the second New Yorker drawing from Bishakh Som, who delivers the magazine’s weekly subway drawing. Subway drawings are now certifiably the new crash test dummy drawings. [a second subway drawing, by this cartoonist, appears as this weeks Caption Contest challenge]
Fifteen pages later (following a photo spread) is a colorful and intricate drawing by Peter Kuper. An excellent piece of work. Five pages later, Carolita Johnson takes us to a concert hall. I like that she’s brought us somewhere we typically don’t go much (anymore) in New Yorker cartoons. Ms. Johnson’s handled the scene well, with the audience, drawn in grey, driving our focus to the sniffling quartet. I am curious about the tiny dash and “c” appearing next to her signature:
Three pages later a well-drawn Tom Cheney cartoon (is there any other kind?). NYC apartment seekers who don’t have money to burn will find this drawing especially hilarious. On the very next page, Emily Flake brings us a demographic not often seen in the magazine: senior citizens. It appears the fellow’s had enough and is taking a walk. He can’t be planning on being away very long: he has no coat or jacket, and just one piece of luggage not much bigger than a bowling ball bag.
The last drawing in the issue (not counting those on the Caption Contest page) is by Edward Koren, who will, this May, celebrate his 56th year of contributing his drawings to The New Yorker. No one draws birds like Mr. Koren, and, need I say it (sure, why not) — no one draws like Mr. Koren.
And don’t forget to check out The Cartoon Companion (they usually post at week’s end) for their rated take on all the issue’s cartoons.
— See you next week
ps: Couldn’t help but notice that Rea Irvin’s iconic Talk of the Town masthead is still a-missin’. There’s a substitute in its place. This is what the real deal looks like: