Whisper to Me

New York magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, the publication has announced the release of a series of 50 special covers.

Eight of the covers, created by Yoko Ono, Alex Katz, Barbara Kruger, Mel Bochner, John Giorno, Marilyn Minter, Rob Pruitt, and Hank Willis Thomas, went up on walls around 25 locations around the city.

The full list of 50 artists has not been released, although the magazine has revealed that Maurizio Cattelan, Kerry James Marshall, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Will Cotton, and Nina Chanel Abney are among the participating artists.Later this year, the 50 designs will be shown at an exhibition.

The eight released covers showcase new work made for the magazine. Many of the covers are dominated by text. Hank Willis Thomas’ all-black cover is highlighted by white text reading “ALL LI ES MATTER” in white upper case lettering. Yoko Ono’s cover is strikingly sparse, all white bearing three simple words of text: “Whisper to me”. Rob Pruitt has made use of a more contemporary alphabet than his peers, taking Milton Glaser’s “I ♥ NY” and changing it into emojis displayed on an iPhone.


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