The Tilley Watch

With this week being a big election moment and all, I was expecting the just published New Yorker cover would be political. And maybe it is in a strange way — maybe we need a calm moment in the storm.  Still, I found myself looking very closely at cover artist Eric Drooker‘s bank of leafy trees thinking maybe I’d spot the face of Beto O’Rourke or Ted Cruz, or Stacey Abrams, or Trump  hidden ala the Beatles on the cover of the Rolling Stones “Their Satanic Majesties Request” album. But no.

The cartoons:

Fourteen cartoons in this issue and nineteen illustrations (five and-a-third of the latter are full pages).  Here are the cartoonists in the issue:

Of note: I believe this is the debut print cartoon for David Ostow (someone please correct me if I’m wrong). If correct, Mr. Ostow is the eighth new cartoonist introduced this year, and the twentieth new cartoonist brought in under Emma Allen’s watch as cartoon editor.

Trivia: the highest number of cartoonists to debut in a single year: eighteen (in 2016). That was in the pre-Emma Allen era.

 

 

 

 

The Tilley Watch Online, The Week Of October 22-26, 2018

A semi-Trumpian week on the Daily Cartoon, with contributing New Yorker cartoonists, Tom Chitty, Peter Kuper, Trevor Spaulding, and Jeremy Nguyen.

And these are the New Yorker cartoonists who contributed to the week’s Daily Shouts: Barbara Smaller, Mimi Pond, Jeremy Nguyen with Colin Stokes Jason Adam Katzenstein (with Phil McAndrew), Olivia de Recat (with Manuel Herrera), and David Ostow.

— You can see all of the above work, and more here.

 

Not O.K. Wild West Edition Opens in Idaho

Since its inaugural opening last Fall in Brooklyn, the Not O.K. Exhibit ( consisting of cartoons rejected by The New Yorker *) traveled north to Rye, New York before heading way out west to Mackay, Idaho (shown on the map below, just to get you situated).

Below: some photos from the opening, sent this way by New Yorker cartoonist,  Jeremy Nguyen (shown above on the right under the marquee), who flew out to join opening night festivities with fellow New Yorker cartoonist, Navied Mahdavian, curator of this western edition of the exhibit. He’s the fellow above on the left under the marquee. It should be noted that David Ostow conceived of and curated the original Not O.K. exhibit.

More info / more reading:

*Here’s an explanation of what an O.K. is:

In the New Yorker‘s weekly art meeting, the magazine’s editor, David Remnick, and the magazine’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, look over and discuss submitted drawings. Mr. Remnick, as the magazine’s editor-in-chief, has the final say on whether a drawing is O.K.ed or rejected. Getting an “O.K.” from the New Yorker (usually via email from Ms. Allen) means that The New Yorker has bought one of your submitted cartoons.

“The New Yorker Said No, But These Cartoons Just May Make Your Day”The New York Times, September 21, 2017.

“Pictures At An Exhibition”Ink Spill, September 23, 2017.

“Rejected Cartoons Get A Second Chance”The Rye City Review, January 25, 2018.

“Not OK: Wild West Edition Brings Failed New Yorker Cartoons To Rural Idaho”Idaho State Journal, August 23, 2018.

The Tilley Watch Online: June 11-16, 2018; More Arthur Getz (at The Hotchkiss Library of Sharon)

Yet another Trumpian week for the Daily Cartoon. 

The participating cartoonists:  Danny Shanahan, one of the magazine’s modern masters, appeared twice in the week, with his second a nod to the climbing racoon we all fell in love with; Lars Kenseth, whose one-of-a-kind drawings also appeared twice (neither was a racoon drawing, unfortunately), and Lisa Rothstein, possibly making her Daily debut (someone please advise if this is incorrect).

And the Daily Shouts contributing New Yorker cartoonists were Tom Chitty Jeremy Nguyen with David Ostow, Liana Finck, and honorary New Yorker cartoonist, Colin Stokes (he’s the magazine’s assistant cartoon editor, and… he’s co-written a published New Yorker cartoon or two).

You can see all of the above work, and more, here.

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More Arthur Getz

I recently drove over to Sharon, Connecticut to catch the Arthur Getz exhibit at the Hotchkiss Library of Sharon. It runs til the end of this month, so hurry and go before it’s gone! One of the New Yorker‘s great cartoonists, Peter Steiner, joined me to tour the art on the walls, including the original art for the terrific cover shown above. This is a large piece (my guess is it’s about a yard tall), graphically powerful as a cover and even more so when you’re up close to the original (it’s currently hanging along a staircase). There are a number of other originals like it (in the wow category), but also a good number of small pieces (many “killed” covers) as well as some pastoral watercolors. Many of the pieces are for sale. A portfolio of work sits in one of the rooms — you can breeze through and pick up the original art for as close a look as you want.

Getz’s New Yorker work really shines through in this show. Mr. Steiner and I spent some time gazing at them, marveling at Getz’s ability to grasp the big picture so beautifully. I’m reluctant to label any specific period of The New Yorker as golden or aluminum or silver, or whatever, but as Mr. Getz’s career spanned 50 years (1938-1988)  his work certainly was being published during the magazine’s so-called Golden Age.

As mentioned on the Spill not long ago there’s a companion exhibit at the nearby Moviehouse in Millerton (NY) featuring much more of Getz’s New Yorker work. You really need to see that too (it runs through the end of August).