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.
“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.”