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“Golden Opportunity” – The New Yorker’s Latest Cover Takes On #MeToo

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Chris Ware:

“Movies are the dream models by which multiple generations have codified, altered, and pushed the boundaries of their behavior.”

Golden Opportunity is the title of artist Chris Ware’s latest The New Yorker cover, his 24th.

On newsstands today, six days before the Academy Awards, the cover is a nod to the tumultuous year in the film industry, during which revelations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Franklin Christenson “Chris” Ware (born 1967), is an American cartoonist known for his Acme Novelty Library series and the graphic novels Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid On Earth (2000) and Building Stories (2012). His works explore themes of social isolation, emotional torment and depression. He often uses a vivid color palette and realistic, meticulous detail. He has contributed cartoons and covers for The New Yorker since 1999.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth received the Guardian First Book Award in 2001 and was also included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. In 2005, Ware became the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing story in the New York Times Magazine. Ware had an exhibit of his work at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006.

Ware:

“For too long, we have forgotten that, while actors like Clara Bow, Marilyn Monroe, or Lupita Nyong’o may be film stars, they are also human beings, subject to the totality of life.”


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