FOR ITS The latest cover of the New Yorker, the go-to political artist Barry Blitt has given a creative twist to the "white space".
The illustration of Blitt, titled "Welcome to Congress", depicts a dominant band of literally white men who begin to give in to a touch of color when women enter the picture.
The image reflects the fact that a record number of women is heading to Capitol Hill. "The women who ran this year were extraordinarily different – Black, Latin, Native American," wrote Mary Jordan of the Washington Post.
"Throughout the grudge and insanity of the last few weeks – the devil in recent years – it seems like we've just had a good time," Blitt told the art editor New Yorker Françoise Mouly in a story on the magazine's website.
"We spent two years hoping for a momentous change on the day of the mid-term elections, but when it arrived on Wednesday, the blue wave wait did not materialize," Mouly told the Washington Post Comic Riffs. "The artists sent dozens of sketches, each trying to capture a moment that moved incessantly.
"In the end," he continues, "we chose Blitt's witty design, capturing the one thing we all want to hold on to: the future is here, bringing fresh air into an oppressively stale room."
Blitt's most prominent political cover sheets over the years include Obama ("The politics of fear") and Trump as a beauty contender ("Miss Congeniality"). And last year they were collected in the "Blitt" retrospective.