The Year in New Yorker Illustrations

In other contexts, there was still a place for playfulness. In a series of spot art, the small, thematically linked illustrations that dot the pages of the magazine, the same scribbly oval transformed itself from a rain cloud into a ball of yarn and a bowl of spaghetti. A delicate drawing by Armando Veve rendered insects in ghostly white against a blue background, his graphite sketches masquerading as cyanotype. The artists’ scenes changed with the news, their modes and moods evolving over time. But a central charge of illustration remains constant—no matter how weighty the subject matter, it provides a place of entry, and maybe even a spark of delight.

Rachel RiedererSource

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