Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Carlos Danger: John Cuneo New Yorker Cover Art

Last weekend's MoCCA Arts Fest included one example of original New Yorker cover art in the MoCCA Gallery. It was last year's "Carlos Danger" cover by John Cuneo and it came from the collection of the artist. Carlos Danger, of course, was the online pseudonym of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced politician who felt enough time had passed since his Capitol Hill sexting scandal that he could now redeem himself by running for Mayor of New York City. Instead he became embattled over further details of the lurid scandal and was forced to withdraw from the race.

It is a little unusual, although not unheard of, for the original artwork to be smaller than the actual printed cover. Cuneo's watercolor technique is rich in detail and saturation, supporting the artwork's enlargement for reproduction. It looks to my eye as if contrast has been added to the printed cover. The original artwork allots more space to the news helicopters on the right than appear on the actual published cover.

John Cuneo, "Carlos Danger"
Original cover artwork, The New Yorker, August 5, 2013
Framed alongside the published cover.
Collection of the artist.

The true issue date is August 5, 2013.
John Cuneo, "Carlos Danger"
The New Yorker, August 5, 2013

Note:  Other examples of original New Yorker cover art may be seen on the blog here. Let me know if you have any cover artwork you might like to share on this blog.

Anthony Weiner makes another tasteful appearance in the Drew Friedman "My Way" post here.


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