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Bob Staake illustrates a brick wall for The New Yorker’s election reaction issue


Bob Staake: The New Yorker

Illustrator Bob Staake has illustrated The New Yorker’s election reaction issue cover. The Wall features a bravely pared back image of a brick wall, mid build – not only representative of one of the most controversial statements of Trump’s campaign, but the magazine’s steadfastly negative yet defiant reaction to the result.

“When we first received the results of the election, we felt as though we had hit a brick wall, full force,” says Françoise Mouly, art editor at The New Yorker. She quotes an article by David Remnick, who states: “To combat authoritarianism, to call out lies, to struggle honorably and fiercely in the name of American ideals – that is what is left to do. That is all there is to do.”

“And so we must go on – with words and images such as this cover by Bob Staake for next week’s issue,” Françoise concludes.

Commissioning Bob Staake, a prominent children’s book illustrator, for the cover has made for a starkly memorable visual symbol, in high contrast to many depictions of the president elect chosen across the media.

The Wall cover issue is out 21 November.