Peter Porges Work Shown In Vienna; New Yorker Art Aplenty In Swann Catalog; Out Of This World Eckstein Cartoons Auctioned Today; Today’s Daily Cartoonist: Tom Chitty

Peter Porges Work Shown In Vienna

Work by Peter Porges, a New Yorker cartoonist who passed away in 2016, is currently on exhibit in Vienna (beginning today).  All the information here.

Mr. Porges began contributing to The New Yorker in 1965.  His first drawing appears above.

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New Yorker Art Aplenty In Swann Catalog

The June 4th Swann catalog features a large number of original pieces by New Yorker artists, including the New Yorker cover art by Charles Saxon cover shown above left, and the Richard Taylor drawing, above right, and Tom Toro’s below it.  Among the other New Yorker artists represented: Peter Arno, Helen Hokinson, Charles Addams, R.O. Blechman, Edward Gorey, Frank Modell, Misha Richter, Liana Finck, Donald Reilly, Liam Walsh, Gahan Wilson, Andre Francoise, and  J. B. Handelsman.

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 Out Of This World Eckstein Cartoons Auctioned

From Attempted Bloggery, May 7, 2019,  “Hello Roswell: Four Space Cartoons By Bob Eckstein”

The auction is today! All the info here.

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Some American history via Tom Chitty, who began contributing to The New Yorker in 2014.  Visit his website here.

 

Fun of Interest: Swann Auction Includes Addams, Barsotti, Steinberg, and So Many More

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.

Addams Drawing Sells for $31,000; Leighton’s Puzzle Pieces; An Interview with Snowman Expert, and “World’s Greatest Bookstores” Author, Bob Eckstein; An Interview with Jeremy Nguyen

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.

The world record for an Addams original was set in 2012: $42,625.00

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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.

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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”

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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”; Upcoming Swann Auction Includes An Abundance of New Yorker Cartoon Art; Applause Applause: Ed Steed is a Grammy Nominee

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.

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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.

View the entire catalog here.

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Applause Applause: Ed Steed Is a Grammy Nominee

Ed Steeds Father John Misty cover art (above) has been nominated for a Grammy.  Read about it here.  Congrats to Mr. Steed!

A Thurber Poster (and A Steig Poster & A Soglow Poster): Book of Interest: Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash

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.

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Coming in October from Black Dog & Levinthal — the folks who brought us the massive  Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker: Julia Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash. 

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.

Link here to her website.

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.”

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