Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rea Irvin's Wry Spirit, 1996

A 1996 exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York provided a showcase for the artwork of Rea Irvin, the New Yorker's founding art supervisor. He, of course, was the creator of Eustace Tilley, the magazine's mascot who appeared on the first cover in 1925 and then subsequently on anniversary covers, at least until recent times. The show was called "The Talk of the Town:  Rea Irvin of The New Yorker" and it was reviewed by playwright David Ives in the Times:

"Rea Irvin:  Wry Spirit in the Age of Gatsby," David Ives, The New York Times, February 16, 1996

"Rea Irvin:  Wry Spirit in the Age of Gatsby," David Ives, The New York Times, February 16, 1996

Note:  As of next week, Emma Allen will be the New Yorker's new cartoon editor. Here's the magazine's all-time roster of art editors and cartoon editors. Prior to 1993, the art editor was responsible for covers and cartoons. Since 1993, the art editor has been responsible only for covers and the cartoon editor has been responsible only for the cartoons. So be it.

Rea Irvin, art supervisor, 1925-1939; art director, 1939-1951

James Geraghty, art editor, 1939-1972

Lee Lorenz, art editor, 1973-1993; cartoon editor, 1993-1997

Françoise Mouly, art editor, 1993-

Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor, 1997-2017

Emma Allen, cartoon editor, 2017-

Quick Links to the Attempted Bloggery Archives:

Rea Irvin

Eustace Tilley

The New Yorker

The New York Times

James Geraghty

Lee Lorenz

Françoise Mouly

Bob Mankoff

Emma Allen

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