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Posts Tagged ‘Barry Blitt’

Barbara Kruger’s Spitzer Take Is Cover of the Year

spitzer brain cover.jpgThanks to sister blog FishbowlNY‘s champion Twittering from the American Magazine Conference in San Francisco, we know that New York‘s Barbara Kruger-annotated photo of Eliot Spitzer has bested Todd Eberle‘s shot of Marc Jacobs as Andy Warhol (Interview) and cartoonist Barry Blitt‘s illustration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Senator Larry Craig (The New Yorker) to be named Cover of the Year in the third annual Best Cover Contest organized by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The March 24 New York magazine cover (pictured above) also bested Blitt’s 3am phone call New Yorker cover and two others to take the Best News Cover prize, and its five-letter coverline—”BRAIN,” in Futura Bold Italic—nabbed Best Coverline honors, trumping WIRED‘s “Evil Genius” caption of a barbed wire-ringed Apple logo and The New York Times Magazine‘s “Oprah. Martha. Tyra.” Meanwhile, our pick for Best Fashion Cover—Paolo Pellegrin‘s stark runway shot for New York Look—triumphed, albeit in a tie with Vanity Fair‘s Style issue cover, featuring Gisele Bundchen helpfully demonstrating how to exit a limo when wearing a very short, spangled Roberto Cavalli dress. Get a closer look at all the winners and finalists here and head to FishbowlNY for ongoing coverage of the annual magazine confab.

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Barry Blitt’s New Yorker Cover Tests World’s Satire Detection Skills

politics of fear.bmpIt’s entitled “The Politics of Fear” and features a turbaned, robe-clad Barack Obama in an Oval Office fist bump with his wife, Michelle, who has swapped her usual sheath dress and pumps for camo fatigues and combat boots, accessorized not with gumball pearls but an AK-47 and a swath of bullets. In the fireplace beside them burns an American flag. This is the Barry Blitt illustration that adorns the cover of the July 21 issue of The New Yorker, and while it’s only now winging its way to most subscribers’ mailboxes, the cover is already generating a flurry of controversy, as our sister blog, FishbowlNY predicted yesterday in a post that began with the question: “Ironic or just nuts?” Meanwhile, today’s Daily Heller helpfully provides both Merriam-Webster’s definition of “satire” and a selection of past New Yorker covers designed to “make readers question social, political, and cultural assumptions.” FishbowlNY has just posted Blitt’s past New Yorker covers for you to print, cut out, collect, and trade. And over at the Huffington Post, New Yorker editor David Remnick tells Rachel Sklar, “The fact is, it’s not a satire about Obama—it’s a satire about the distortions and misconceptions and prejudices about Obama.”