The New York Style

“The art world doesnt know where to place me…”

Saul Steinberg

The front covers of The New Yorker magazines are pretty recognisable. We have several cover images in the form of jigsaw puzzles. Each cover is a unique piece of artwork, usually with the feel of a cartoon, often with a satirical message. This is the classic The View from 9th Avenue, by Saul Steinberg. Steinberg was the most prolific of New Yorker cover artists. His style and wit became the template. His simple line cartoons also filled the magazine’s pages and became the default for many high end periodicals. Steinberg lived a remarkable life. Originally an architect, he escaped antisemitic Europe in 1938. During WWII he was an operative for the Office of Strategic Services, the embryological CIA. Steinberg’s artistic output included advertising copy, photography, textiles, stage sets and his cartoons – all produced in his beloved New York. #thefaceofthecity #letsmakelemonade

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