Winter 2018

R. O.’s New Yorkers

Blechman celebrated the city’s high days and holidays with wit and concision

Between 1974 and 1996, R. O. Blechman created fifteen New Yorker covers, many of which have become famously iconic, including his first and last, write Genevieve Bormes, Covers Associate, and Françoise Mouly, Art Editor, The New Yorker.

The first, ‘April 29, 1974’ (note: New Yorker covers didn’t receive titles until the era of Tina Brown’s editorship, from 1992-98, so until then they are known by their cover dates), depicts the New York City skyline, including the recently erected World Trade Center, with all its buildings converted into windmills.


The New Yorker, 26 February and 4 March 1996.
The New Yorker, 29 April 1974. 


Genevieve Bormes, Covers Associate, The New Yorker
Françoise Mouly, Art Editor, The New Yorker

Read the full version in Eye no. 95 vol. 24, 2018


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