The New Yorker section of the upcoming Swann auction is an awful lot of fun. The Addams cover shown above is just one of the gems listed. To see the “3D catalog” go here. Other New Yorker artists whose work is going under the gavel include Charles Barsotti, Bemelmans, Abe Birnbaum, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Ed Fisher, Heidi Goennel, Edward Gorey, Theodore Haupt, John Held, Jr., Helen Hokinson, Maira Kalman, Arnie Levin, Rick Meyerowitz, Bill Mauldin, Donald Reilly, Mischa Richter, Arnold Roth, Charles Saxon, Ronald Searle, Seth, Steinberg, Tom Toro, and Gahan Wilson.
Charles Addams Drawing Sells For $31,000.
The wonderful Charles Addams drawing shown above sold for $31, 200.00 at last week’s Swann Galleries auction. Wowzers. Oddly, as befits anything having to do with Mr. Addams, the Swann catalog incorrectly stated the date of publication (Swann says it was published in the January 18, 1947 New Yorker). It was actually published in the February 8, 1947 New Yorker. Here’s a screen grab of the issue from the New Yorker‘s online digital database, showing the drawing set within a John Cheever short story:
And here’s the post-auction listing from Swann:
— A look at the hammer prices for the rest of the New Yorker art auctioned indicated most selling just above the high end of the estimated range; a few that didn’t sell, and a small number that sold below the estimate.
Leighton’s Puzzle Pieces
A special Puzzles section in this past Sunday’s New York Times features three of Robert Leighton’s drawings on a huge puzzle covering two pages (I’m showing one of the three above). Mr. Leighton was the subject of a Spill piece back in 2013.
An Interview with Snowman Expert and “World’s Greatest Bookstores” Author, Bob Eckstein
From the Times-Herald, December 16, 2017, “Prolific cartoonist pays visit to Warwick”
An Interview with Jeremy Nguyen
From The Vector, Fall 2017, “Jeremy Nguyen ’07: A Cartoonist For The New Yorker” — an interview with the cartoonist whose work first appeared in the New Yorker this past February.
Tom Chitty Tells the Spill Why “7” and Not “6”
In this past Monday Tilley Watch, I wrote the following about the Tom Chitty drawing above:
Mr. Chitty went at this head-on which almost (almost) makes the fellows in the line-up look like they in a painting or photo on the wall. Maybe they are, but I don’t think so. I wondered why it was possibly a #7 missing from the line-up and not #6.
Mr, Chitty was kind enough to respond, and to send along a rough sketch of his drawing:
I thought you might be interested in an answer your question about my cartoon this week. I’ve attached the original scribble of the idea — at that point there were only four crooks, but that felt too few, so I added one. The simple answer, as to why seven and not six is that it sounded funnier to me. Maybe it’s because seven is made of two syllables. I confess it was not a particularly long deliberation!
— To see more of Mr. Chitty’s work, visit his website here.
Upcoming Swann Auction Features An Abundance of New Yorker Cartoon Art
Swann’s December 14th auction includes a number of cartoon originals by the following New Yorker artists: Steinberg, Charles Addams, Abe Birnbaum, Peter Arno, Charles Barsotti, George Booth, Robert Day, R.O. Blechman, Arthur Getz, Theodore Haupt, Anatol Kovarsky, Marcellus Hall, Arnie Levin, Charles E. Martin (CEM), Joe Mirachi, Reginald Massie, Frank Modell, James Stevenson, Tom Toro, Richard Taylor, Harry Brown, Otto Soglow, Ronald Searle, Edward Koren, Jules Feiffer, and John Held, Jr.. Wow!
— My thanks to Tom Toro for bringing the catalog to my attention.
Applause Applause: Ed Steed Is a Grammy Nominee
Ed Steed‘s Father John Misty cover art (above) has been nominated for a Grammy. Read about it here. Congrats to Mr. Steed!
The other day I Spilled a beautiful Peter Arno poster being auctioned by the Swann Galleries; here are three more posters by three great New Yorker artists: James Thurber, Otto Soglow and William Steig. All took a turn illustrating a poster for the Washington Square Art Show. Thurber’s was for the 1935 exhibit, Soglow’s for 1930, and Steig’s for 1933. (Arno’s appeared in 1932).
All the info here on the Swann website. Enter the name of the artist in the search box, and presto!
Note: Ink Spill is in no way connected to the Swann Galleries. I’m posting these posters because they’re wonderful oddities.
From the publisher, Ms. Wertz’s bio:
Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist and amateur historian. She has published five graphic novels and does monthly history comics for The New Yorker and Harper’s Magazine.
Here’s what Roz Chast had to say about Tenements, Towers & Trash:
“Julia Wertz’s Tenements, Towers, and Trash is nothing short of extraordinary. The meticulously researched histories of the various urban landscapes are fascinating, and Wertz’s drawings perfectly capture the visual poetry of the city- the ongoing struggle between past and present, and its unique blend of beauty and ugliness. A must for anyone who loves and appreciates the city, as Wertz so clearly does.”
Was pleased and surprised to come across this full page Swann ad in today’s New York Times (the special “F” section devoted to Museums). The Addams drawing, included in an upcoming auction, originally appeared in The New Yorker October 1, 1979. That issue, to me, is memorable. For starters the cover, by R.O. Blechman, is one of my all-time favorite New Yorker covers.
The roster of cartoonists in the issue included some heavy hitters from the magazine’s golden age, including George Price (whose drawing in the issue is three-quarters of a page), William Steig, Addams of course, and James Stevenson (represented by a full page drawing). Also in the issue are some of James Geraghty’s best additions from his later years manning the art editor’s desk: Lee Lorenz, Warren Miller, Edward Koren, Robert Weber, and J.B. Handelsman. And there are a number of the new kids brought in by Geraghty’s successor, Lee Lorenz: Arnie Levin, Jack Ziegler, Bob Mankoff, Roz Chast and yours truly (another reason the issue was memorable for me: it contained my first sequential drawing).
Looking through the issue at the cartoons one can’t help but notice how the cartoons sit in a wide variety of space. Price’s three-quarters page, Stevenson’s beautiful full page, my own multi-panel spread bleeding onto a second page, Ziegler’s drawing (the first of two Zieglers in the issue) in an upright rectangle surrounded on three sides by text; Mankoff’s drawing and Arnie Levin’s as well as Addams’s allowed to spread across the width of the page. Weber’s gorgeous drawing run large, and set so perfectly on the page. What’s even more remarkable about this issue is that it wasn’t unusual — this is what was normal in that time.
Here’s what the Addams drawing looked like in that issue:
The only blog offering a critical take on each week’s New Yorker cartoons returns with a look at cavemen pondering their wardrobe, a drafty Hades, a King’s best friend, King Kong’s mom & pop, and 8 more. Read it here.
Coming from Top Shelf Productions this summer, Shannon Wheeler’s Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump.
From the publisher:
Acclaimed cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker, God Is Disappointed in You, Too Much Coffee Man) transforms Donald Trump’s most revealing tweets into razor-sharp cartoons, offering a subversive and illuminating insight into the mind of the most divisive political figure of our time. Whether you love him or hate him, this take on Trump will help you come to grips with the man and his ideas thanks to Wheeler’s signature mix of slapstick and sophistication.
Read all about Mark Alan Stamaty’s NYC illustrated subway car on Mike Lynch‘s blog here.
Mr. Stamaty’s New Yorker debut was with this cover in November of 1992. Here’s a link to his website.
From newyorker.com, September 8, 2016, “Salinger’s House, Artists Retreat” — the New Yorker‘s Sarah Larson visits Harry Bliss in a Salinger home, now owned by the cartoonist.
The new Swann catalog is now available online. Anyone interested in original New Yorker art will absolutely love looking through. New Yorker artists represented (both cartoonists and cover artists) are Charles Addams, Frank Modell, Ed Fisher, Tom Toro, William Steig, James Stevenson, Mischa Richter, Barbara Shermund, Ilonka Karasz, Laura Jean Allen, Beatrice Szanton, John Jonik, Peter Arno, Ludwig Bemelmans, Whitney Darrow, Jr., Richard Decker, Arthur Getz, and Leonard Weisgard.