Neighborhood Dogs: Drawings by Elisah Cooper

by bye

12/02/2002

Riverside Dr, New York, NY

Neighborhood: All Over, Multiple

Once upon a time there was a drawing of a man and his dog. It was by William Steig. It was what the distinguished artist produced when we asked him to draw something that we at the Neighborhood could use as a, a, a…. (it’s to the right)… something. A Logo is the word I am hoping to avoid. For the first months when Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood was getting going in the spring of 2000 it sat at the upper left corner of the front page. Eventually we started working with Elisha Cooper, author of several excellent illustrated books.

Cooper had spent some time working at The New Yorker, and when we asked him to adapt this visual theme into something of his own he responded with a certain amount of horror.

Apparently, Cooper’s idol at the New Yorker was Saul Steinberg (a contemporary of Steig’s). Steinberg’s most famous creation was probably the New Yorker cover depicting the New Yorker’s world view: Eighth Avenue, Ninth Avenue, and Tenth Avenue in the foreground, New Jersey a sliver, California a line, China a speck on the horizon, etc. This idea had been much copied and it made Steinberg unhappy. Cooper was worried about being a copier. But we convinced him he was a liberator. We had paid our money but only acquired electronic rights to Steig’s image. If he made it his own, he would make it our own. We could put it on a piece of paper, or maybe a T-Shirt.

Cooper did a variation on Steig’s theme. Then he did another. Then another, and another, and now there is a series of people walking their dogs in different neighborhoods.

dogfortgreen1
dogbrighton1
dogchinatown1
dogharlem1
doguppereast1

dogupperwest1
dogcentral1
dogmidtown1
dogchelsea1
dogvillday1
dogvillnight1
dogsoho1

More Elisha Cooper drawings at elishacooper.com

Comments
Rate Story
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

§ Leave a Reply

Other Stories You May Like

Nearby All Over, Multiple Stories

With You Without

by

I am writing this on the laptop you stole from me. Remember? No of course you don’t. What an asshole [...]

Real Estate Rhetoric: A User’s Guide

by

 Affordable housing. For most New Yorkers the term is an oxymoron.Niklas and I moved to the West Village when we [...]

Underground Analysis

by

On the subway Thursday morning, a man sat beside me, with his wife or girlfriend (no ring) standing over him. [...]

Out in the Kozmos

by

Bike Messenger Gets Doored and Floored, Learns to Love New York

Inside the Gore War Room on Election Night

by

The Interminable Election