FOR HIS latest New Yorker cover, go-to political artist Barry Blitt puts a creative spin on “white space."

Blitt’s illustration, titled “Welcome to Congress,” depicts a dominant swath of literally white men that begins to yield to a splash of color as women enter the picture.

The image reflects the fact that a record number of women are heading to Capitol Hill. “The women who ran this year were remarkably diverse — black, Latina, Native American,” The Washington Post’s Mary Jordan wrote.


"Welcome to Congress," by Barry Blitt. (The New Yorker 2018) (by Barry Blitt. (The New Yorker 2018))

“In all the rancor and madness of the past few weeks — hell, the past few years — it appears we’ve just lived through a nice moment,” Blitt told New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly in a story on the magazine’s website.

“We spent two years hoping for a momentous shift on the midterm Election Day, but when Wednesday came, the hoped-for blue wave had failed to materialize,” Mouly tells The Washington Post’s Comic Riffs. “Artists sent dozens of sketches, each trying to capture a moment that was shifting ceaselessly.

“In the end,” she continues, “we went for Blitt’s witty drawing. It captures the one thing we all want to hold on to: The future is here, bringing fresh air in an oppressively stale room.”

Blitt’s prominent political covers over the years include the fist-bumping Obamas (“The Politics of Fear”) and Trump as beauty-pageant contestant (“Miss Congeniality”). And last year they were collected in the hardcover retrospective “Blitt.”