Monday, October 31, 2016

The Camera-Shy Charles Addams

Editor Tina Brown brought photographer Richard Avedon into the pages of the New Yorker with great fanfare in 1992 as the magazine's first staff photographer. When Avedon turned seventy in 1993, she and her husband Sir Harold Evans presented Mr. Avedon with an original drawing by Charles Addams that had appeared in the magazine's pages in 1952. Richard Avedon passed away in 2004 and his estate sale was held at Sotheby's New York a year later. The  piece's sale price seems inexpensive by today's standards, but with the buyer's premium it sold for twice the high estimate in 2005.

Charles Addams, Original art
The New Yorker, June 21, 1952, page 19

Charles Addams, The New Yorker, June 21, 1952, page 19

Charles Addams, The New Yorker, June 21, 1952, page 19

Charles Addams, The New Yorker, June 21, 1952, page 19

Note:  Careful readers of Attempted Bloggery may remember a certain Peter Arno original that also was given to Richard Avedon by Tina Brown. Even if you aren't on Tina Brown's gift list, you may have original New Yorker art that you'd like to share here on the blog. Help me show more awesome art on this blog and together we can make a better world! See, I don't ask for much.

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  1. That cartoon deserved a full page. I miss full-page cartoons in the NY.

    1. Yes, the return of full-page cartoons in the New Yorker would be welcome. I also miss the cartoon spreads that went on over several pages. Having more cartoons appear in each issue would be a nice change as well. While we're at it, let's bring back the larger 9 x 12" page size and 52 issues per year. And let's put more cartoonists on the cover of the magazine. But don't get me started…