The New Yorker
March 7, 2011
In 1954, Saul Steinberg, who created nearly ninety covers and twelve hundred drawings for The New Yorker over sixty years, made a drawing for the Tenth Triennial of Milan, a design and architecture fair. The drawing was called “The Line,” and that’s what it was: a single line spanning ten metres and twenty-nine panels that unfolded like an accordion. From this line, Steinberg gave rise to multitudes: laundry hanging out to dry and cities reflected in a river, women playing guitars, swinging chandeliers, and, of course, his famous cat. In Milan, the drawing was enlarged and incised into the wall of a trefoil labyrinth:
Later that year, it was published in a reduced version in The New Yorker, and now it’s been reproduced in a crisp, beautifully printed accordion foldout by Nieves, which you can purchase on its Web site. For more of Steinberg’s drawings and New Yorker covers, visit our store.
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