In 1996, artist NANCY CHUNN re-edited every single day’s publication of the New York Times with wit, energy, and outrageous commentary.
Somewhere between deft political comedy and doodles lies Nancy’s re-interpreted news. Her insightful commentary echoes our gut reactions to these articles, and her succinct words and bold images uncover the absurdity of our global reality, changing our relationship to the news.
Nancy started this series before the Times began printing in color, so it was a bit of “things to come,” showing yet again how the artist’s vision is so often ahead of society in general.
She created iconography for different news themes (money, war, etc.), so that the subject of the article is visually “read” before you get to the article’s text.
It is compelling to see how news is featured and then diminishes in importance over time. As a particular iconography for a thread lessens and then disappears (see the angels re: the T.W.A. crash off the Long Island shore), we understand, in a more visceral way, the “news cycle” than we ever could by reading the actual paper.
First exhibited at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City, the 366 Front Pages were then exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and subsets of the exhibition have traveled to museums around the country. Rizzoli published a stunning book of the entire year of Front Pages.