THE NEW YORKER COVERS WITH NO DEBUT
The book Blown Covers, which includes the drawings that never had the chance to be a cover to The New Yorker, hence never published, is a peerless means of discovery for those who are keen on popular culture.
Editor: Ali Tufan Koç

The New Yorker which started as a weekly magazine in 1925 is famous for its profound perspective as well as its dignified, intellectual and liberal attitude, which is sometimes taken as ‘snob’. The New Yorker is also known for its authentic comics and cover drawings which have a unique sense of humor, as well as its long essays, interviews, comments, critiques and fiction writings.

The ‘literary’ works, poems and stories in its archive have occasionally been published as books while the comics have traditionally been published as special collections every year. The books with The New Yorker logo have been recognized as an essential component of the intellectual and modern bookshelves. Yet this anthology called Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See deserves a special praise. The book which includes the cover drawings that never had a chance to be a cover, hence never published, and had their first edition in 2012, is a peerless means of discovery for those who are keen on popular culture.

Each “The New Yorker” cover not only gives a snapshot of the agenda, but also expresses a certain stance and attitude, which includes a polite objection when necessary, as well as witnessing the current period and recording it in an artistic framework. As you read the story behind each work and the anecdotes as to why they weren’t published, you realize that it was always a matter of serving the message that is meant to be given, rather than being a matter of “self-censor”, “misunderstanding” or “crossing the line”.

There is a Barry Blitt illustration on the cover of the book of “blown works”. In the drawing, we see the Pope imitating Marilyn Monroe’s skirt-blowing pose from the The Seven Year Itch in 1955. Everyone loved the drawing and smiled at it in the editorial board, but no one had an answer to “Why would we print this issue with such a cover?”. There it goes: planned for the magazine cover, ended up on the cover of a “blown” collection.

FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
FINDS
CASE SERIES
ALL ARCHIVES
FROM THE ARCHIVES
FEASTS
THE DIAMOND FOLD

The art of using the right napkin in four steps.

FINDS
THE BARBICAN CENTRE

Is the Barbican Centre, one of the greatest examples of brutalist architecture, a monument of ugliness or an architectural gem?

CASE SERIES
MEMOR(Y)IAL DESTRUCTION

The art month in Istanbul is September and for me it took a start with the exhibition “Memor(y)ial Destruction”.

BLACKOUTS
SEGOVIA

‘In Medina del Campo the history of Spain can be experienced on its streets, its public places and in the cluster of historical buildings in the city center. This is the city of Isabella, Queen of Spain.’

LOVE LETTERS
FEM GÜÇLÜTÜRK

The love letter to Çıtlık Ağacı (Turpentine Tree) that botanist Fem Güçlütürk wrote is reflecting something beyond the love that we know.

SENSES
AYŞE BOYNER

We feel Ayşe Boyner’s high energy through all of her senses.

CITIZENS
NURAY ADA

Best friend, a local break spot, a deep relaxing breath, or maybe a handful of mud ready to be shaped…