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Illustration

SVA Students Illustrate Extraordinary New Yorker-Inspired Covers that Imagine Post-Pandemic Life

April 27, 2021

Grace Ebert

By Amy Young. All images courtesy of Tomer Hanuka, shared with permission

Astute, evocative, and occasionally controversial, The New Yorker’s covers are keen observations of contemporary culture in their own right. The weekly renderings are widely recognized as visual interpretations of today’s most pressing issue that span politics, culture, and this last year, life during COVID-19. Inspired by this iconic imagery, third-year illustration students in Tomer Hanuka’s course at the School of Visual Arts created their own iterations, post-pandemic-style. From masked embraces and empty theaters to more somber silhouettes representing those who lost their lives to the virus, the covers encompass a range of emotions and realities for life after lockdown, an idea that’s reinforced with the students’ cleverly renamed masthead, Old New World. See some of our favorite illustrations below, and check out Hanuka’s Twitter thread, which has been widely shared in recent days, for the entire collection.

 

By Dou Hong

By Fan Zhang

By Jiaci Grace Qiu

By Huahua Cui

By Jane McIlvaine

By Jungwoo Lee

By Katrina Catacutan

By Ruoxi Jiang

By Yushan Zhou

By Zoe Stengel

 

 



Art Photography

Lorna Simpson Photographs Rihanna in an Elegantly Collaged Collaboration for ESSENCE Magazine

January 25, 2021

Grace Ebert

“Of Earth & Sky (Blue Cumulus)” (2020), collage and ink on paper. All images © Lorna Simpson, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

An extraordinarily glamorous collaboration graces the pages of ESSENCE’s January/February 2021 issue. The print publication paired acclaimed artist Lorna Simpson and pop icon and businesswoman Rihanna for a striking interpretation of modern beauty.

Within the Of Earth & Sky series are 12 collages and the cover image, which features Rihanna, eyelids coated in bright blue, staring directly at the camera. A diamond collar drapes around her neck, and she’s adorned with a roughly textured crown of crystal derived from 19th-century lithographs.

Many of the superimposed collages feature the Barbados-born singer framed in archival imagery, from star-studded galactic coiffes to bright bursts of watercolor. Others in the collection stray from hairstyle transformations and instead position her against vintage backdrops, including one shot of Rihanna donning an elaborately feathered headdress and lingerie in front of the city skyline.

Brooklyn-based Simpson is known for her kaleidoscopic collages centered on Black women that pull imagery from back issues of Ebony and Jet, a treatment she applies to ESSENCE‘s first-ever commission. The layered works are paired with an essay by the artist’s daughter, actress and model Zora Simpson Casebere, about Rihanna’s lasting influence on her own career. For more of Simpson’s collages that intersect contemporary culture and retro imagery, head to her site. (via Artnet)

 

“Of Earth & Sky (Nebula)” (2020), collage on paper

“Of Earth & Sky (Cover)” (2020), collage on paper

“Earth & Sky #24” (2016), collage on paper

“Of Earth & Sky (Bivalve)” (2020), collage on paper

“Of Earth & Sky (Moving Planets) “(2020), collage on paper

“Of Earth & Sky (Bridge)” (2020), collage on paper

 

 



Design History

A Miniature Magazine Penned by Teenage Charlotte Brontë is (Finally) Acquired by the Famous Author's Namesake Museum

November 21, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

It’s often said that even the most successful people start small. What they probably don’t mean, though, is that to become an author equal to the timeless stature of Charlotte Brontë, you should pen a miniature magazine first. Yet Brontë did just that: in 1830, at age fourteen, she hand-wrote six issues of a petite periodical, one of which recently came up at auction for $777,000. The Young Men’s Magazine was a matchbook-sized series including stories and even advertisements of Brontë’s devising.

The Brontë Society placed the winning bid to acquire Brontë’s magazine, wresting it back from the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts, a now-shuttered for-profit (and fraud-ridden) venture that nabbed it in 2011. Learn more about the history and significance of The Young Men’s Magazine in the video below, which features Ann Dinsdale, the curator of the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, England.

 

 



Art Photography

Brunch Reimagined in the Style of Five Iconic Artists

June 2, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Artisan Brunch series. Image inspired by Alexander Calder. (All images via Kyle Bean)

For issue 24 of Kinfolk magazine, Designer Kyle Bean collaborated with photographer Aaron Tilley and food stylist Lucy-Ruth Hathaway to depict how famous artists might reimagine their weekend brunch spreads. The five sculptural works in the series Artisan Brunch balance pancakes and their toppings in a Alexander Calder-like mobile, suspend a halved avocado in what appears to be a Damien Hirst formaldehyde cube, and dot a patchwork of bread slices with ketchup in the style of Yayoi Kusama. The photographic series also references the artistic styles of Cornelia Parker and Salvador Dali with a flavorful twist. You can see more inventive work by the series’ collaborators on their Instagrams @kylejbean, @aaron_tilley, and @lucyruthfood, and check out a previous collaboration between Bean and Tilley in their series Anxious Anticipation.

Image inspired by Salvador Dali

Image inspired by Damien Hirst

Image inspired by Cornelia Parker

Image inspired by Yayoi Kusama

 

 



Photography

In Anxious Anticipation: An Unsettling Series of Humorously Suspenseful Moments

March 3, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

All images courtesy of Aaron Tilley and Kyle Bean

Kinfolk Magazine is known for their minimal editorial spreads, images that are so polished and organized that they evoke a sense of calm when one stares at each carefully articulated pictorial arrangement. The magazine’s newest photo story for their “Adrenaline” issue however is anything but calming. Kinfolk reached out to art director Kyle Bean (previously) and photographer Aaron Tilley to produce a series of images that would bring their audience apprehension, inspiring the artists to produce the series “In Anxious Anticipation” featured here.

The images capture moments of dread, metaphorical imagery that relates to feelings right before a big move, when we anticipate the worst rather than the best outcome. Jordan Kushins‘s text on anticipation and adrenaline accompanies Tilley and Bean’s clean photographs of the moments before misfortune.

“Whether we’re readying ourselves for the start of an event or just imagining ourselves partaking in it, the buzz of nervous anticipation is sometimes as satisfying as the reward at the end,” says Kushins. “Often just the thought of what if? can be as potent as the act itself, and the thrill of the chase may occasionally be more powerful than the real deal.”

You can see more stories from Kinfolk’s Adrenaline issue on their website. More work from Tilley can be found on his Tumblr, and Bean on his Instagram. (via Designboom)

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Photography

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 9th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

March 2, 2012

Christopher Jobson


Sarah Jackson


Brian Day


Savannah Whitwam


Somnath Mukherjee


Bridget Bailey


Nimai Chandra Ghosh


Paula Durham

Smithsonian magazine has just announced the 50 finalists from their 9th Annual Photo Contest. Over 67,000 submissions from 109 countries were winnowed down to 10 finalists in five categories: Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World, People and Travel. The public is now invited to vote through March 31st for a special ‘Readers Choice’ award, so what are you waiting for go vote!