Signs of the times
Don’t Sleep: The Urgent Messages of Oliver MundayBy Oliver Munday
Introduction by Hilton Als
Designed by Oliver Munday
Rizzoli, £25, $35
Every few years or so, a choice handful of illustrator / designers make a splash on the editorial scene, becoming go-to graphic commentators for magazines and newspapers. They are not cartoonists in the strict sense but rather conceptual visual thinkers who transform issues of the moment through metaphor, allegory and symbolism cut with biting, if sarcastic, wit and humour into signposts of the age. The better ones have staying power and more lasting relevance. Works by Christoph Niemann and Noma Bar fit that description. This year has been a fertile period for the latest crop, in large part owing to Donald Trump’s ‘presi-duncy’. Among the leaders of the Trump Greek Chorus are Edel Rodriguez, Barry Blitt, Steve Brodner and, in a broader way, Oliver Munday. All have distinct styles but they fit neatly together as critics in this critical age.
Cover and image from Don’t Sleep: The Urgent Messages of Oliver Munday.
Top: ‘G.W.B., an Appraisal’ from The New Yorker, 2016.
Steven Heller, design writer, New York
Read the full version in Eye no. 97 vol. 25, 2018
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