(born April 30, 1958 in Côte Saint-Luc
, Quebec) is an American artist.
Barry Blitt is a cartoonist and illustrator, best known for his New Yorker
covers and as a regular contributor to the op-ed
page of The New York Times
. Blitt creates his works in traditional pen and ink, as well as watercolors
Early life and education
Blitt first began drawing political cartoons at the Toronto Magazine. He worked for ten years at Entertainment Weekly
drawing half-page celebrity cartoons.
The artist is also well known for illustrating Frank Rich
's Sunday op-ed
column in The New York Times
Regarding that work, Rich is quoted as saying, "It's a long-distance collaboration – me in New York City, Barry in Connecticut – but one of the most satisfying I've had in my career."
Many of Blitt's New Yorker
covers have been finalists for the Cover of the Year from the American Society of Magazine Editors
, including, in 2008, Narrow Stance
and I'll Get It!
in 2010, and The Book of Life
Awards and honors
Blitt won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons "for his watercolor style and gentle caricatures of the personalities and policies that come from the Trump White House."
Other awards and honors Blitt has received include:
Blitt's 2008 New Yorker
cover depicting Michelle and Barack Obama standing in the Oval Office was labeled "tasteless and offensive" by Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton. A campaign spokesman for Senator John McCain
also condemned the art.
In the cover art, Obama is shown wearing traditional Muslim clothes, including sandals, robe and turban. His wife, Michelle is shown dressed in camouflage, combat boots and has an assault rifle over her shoulder. Behind them, an American flag is burning in the fireplace.
Titled The Politics of Fear
, the cover satirized the rumors about Obama and his wife as he ran for the presidency.
The controversial art was covered by numerous media outlets including the Los Angeles Times
and others. In defense of the art, Eric Bates of Rolling Stone
was quoted as saying, "I don't think it (The New Yorker
) crossed the line. I would question whether there's much of a line to be crossed. I think their intent was clear, but I think it's clear from the response that a lot of people didn't get the joke." The New York Times
called it the most memorable image of the 2008 presidential campaign, and Françoise Mouly
, the Art Editor of the New Yorker
, said she was "extremely proud" of the piece.
Regarding the controversy, Blitt was quoted as saying "Anytime I produce a cover, I always regret it afterward".
In spite of the controversy and condemnation by the Obama campaign, after taking office President Barack Obama chose one of Blitt's New Yorker
covers to hang in the White House. The cover depicts the President picking the family dog at the same time as he is vetting candidates for his national security cabinet.
Additionally, President Obama requested and received a signed New Yorker
cover by the artist, which depicts the President walking on water.
Blitt, Barry. Blitt.
Children's Book Illustrator
Book Cover Art
Blitt currently resides in Connecticut
His younger brother, Ricky Blitt
, is a screenwriter, based in West Hollywood.
Blitt is married to Angie Silverstein.
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