Sunday, April 23, 2017

Email We Never Finished Reading: You're Approved...

Back in the day, the New Yorker used to run Newsbreaks to fill out columns of text. These short pieces would having recurring titles like Letters We Never Finished Reading. In that spirit, here's an email that's not nearly personalized enough to get all the way through.



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An Unconventional Convention: Garrett Price Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

Can a proposed New Yorker cover be a little too ambitious? Garrett Price depicted familiar scenes from a political convention in a variety of artistic styles and placed them on the spiraling walls of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Guggenheim Museum. The resulting hodgepodge doesn't quite work as a convincing political reflection or as an artistic commentary. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened its Fifth Avenue site in 1959 so this concept art can provisionally be dated to the summer of 1960, the next Presidential election year. The delegations of Alaska and Hawaii are shown prominently and this was the first Presidential election in which those new states participated.

Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker cover art, c. 1960

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Note the prominent placement of Alaska and Hawaii. The 1960 Presidential election (Nixon vs. Kennedy) was the first in which the two newest states got to participate.

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Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker cover art


Spoiler Alert:  In the 1960 Presidential election, Democrat John F. Kennedy defeated Republican Richard M. Nixon.


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Color Separation: Garrett Price Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

Garrett Price's illustrated concept of a color separation may not have gone on to become a New Yorker cover, but it's a good demonstration of the kind of creative ferment that went on at the magazine. Each week, many talented artists submitted cover proposals that competed for the art editor's approval.

Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker cover art

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Eight bidders place sixteen bids. This time the second=to-last bidder gets it.

Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker cover art


Note:  In theory, any number of blogs could publish your original Garrett Price art, but only Attempted Bloggery would do it with a smile. What do you say to that?


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Expressionistic St. Nick: Garrett Price Proposed New Yorker Cover Art

Garrett Price's unconventional cover proposal for the New Yorker presents a Santa Claus with modernist elements of Fauvism and German Expressionism. Perhaps it's reminiscent of the style of Franz Marc. He has written apre below his signature suggesting he has modeled his rendering after a particular artist, but whom?

Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker Christmas cover art

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Nine bidders place twenty-three bids and the last to bid wins it.


Garrett Price, proposed New Yorker Christmas cover art

April 22, 2017 Update:  Andy Broome tweeted this yesterday:
https://twitter.com/broomewithaview/status/855585225811922944



Note:  Can anyone identify Garrett Price's specific model for this work, if indeed there was one?


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