The Fine Art of the Red Border

At many points in its almost 91-year history, TIME has offered up its iconic red border as a canvas, and asked renowned artists to illustrate the top stories of the day. From the striking Roy Lichtenstein pop art that accompanied a June 21, 1968 cover story on “The Gun in America” (see below) to Marc Chagall’s self-portrait that began our July 30, 1965 issue, readers have become accustomed to seeing cover images that have been painted, sculpted, collaged and transformed by some of the world’s most visionary talents.


December 14, 1936: Surrealist Salvador Dali

Artist: Man Ray


April 12, 1937: Virginia Woolf

Artist: Man Ray


May 7, 1945: Adolf Hitler

Artist: Boris Artzybasheff


April 6, 1962: Sophia Loren

Artist: René Bouché


January 10, 1964: R. Buckminster Fuller

Artist: Boris Artzybasheff


January 29, 1965, Today’s Teenagers

Artist: Andy Warhol


March 5, 1965: Jeanne Moreau

Artist: Rufino Tamayo


March 19, 1965: Martin Luther King

Artist: Ben Shahn


April 16, 1965: Rudolf Nureyev

Artist: Sidney Nolan


July 30, 1965: Marc Chagall

Artist: Marc Chagall


March 3, 1967: Playboy’s Hugh Hefner

Artist: Marisol


September 22, 1967: The Beatles

Artist: Gerald Scarfe


December 8, 1967: Bonnie and Clyde

Artist: Robert Rauschenberg


May 24, 1968:  Robert F. Kennedy

Artist: Roy Lichtenstein


June 21, 1968:  The Gun in America

Artist: Roy Lichtenstein


July 11, 1969: The Sex Explosion

Artist: Dennis Wheeler


November 28, 1969: Raquel Welch

Artist: Frank Gallo


February 16, 1970: Jane, Henry and Peter: The Flying Fondas

Artist: Andy Warhol


November 29, 1976: Rauschenberg by Rauschenberg

Artist: Robert Rauschenberg


March 19, 1984: Michael Jackson

Artist: Andy Warhol


>March 30, 1987: America’s Agenda

Artist: Robert Rauschenberg


March 16, 1992: Jay Leno

Artist: Al Hirschfeld


Source: TIME Turns 90: The Fine Art of the Red Border, from Warhol to Lichtenstein

By: Amy Lombard