Victoria Tentler-Krylov’s “Pawns in the Park”

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People tend to move with speed and purpose around New York City, so its public spaces are not often associated with sitting and thinking for hours on end. Yet, for the cover of the June 17, 2024, issue, Victoria Tentler-Krylov sketched one long-standing locus of just that sort of activity: the chess tables at Washington Square Park. “I love observing the observers,” Tentler-Krylov said. “You can see so many emotions on their faces, from intense concentration to deep confusion.”

See below for more covers about chess:

“July 18, 1953,” by Arthur Getz

“January 21, 1961,” by Robert Kraus

“April 15, 1985,” by J. J. Sempé

Find Victoria Tentler-Krylov’s covers, cartoons, and more at the Condé Nast Store.


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