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

TIME covers have been painted, collaged, sculpted and transformed by some of the world’s most distinguished artists, from Man Ray to Shepard Fairey. Herewith, a portfolio of some of their most memorable work

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At many points in its 90-year history (check out our 90th birthday celebration — and vote for the cheesiest TIME cover), 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.

From Man Ray to Shepard Fairey, we look back at the artists who have graced our cover. The most colorful covers, from the past 90 years:

1936_12.14_DALI
December 14, 1936: Surrealist Salvador Dali
Artist: Man Ray
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1937_04.12_virginiawoolf
April 12, 1937: Virginia Woolf
Artist: Man Ray
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1945_05.07_hitler
May 7, 1945: Adolf Hitler
Artist: Boris Artzybasheff
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1959_01.05_DEGAULLE
January 5, 1959: Man of the Year: Charles DeGaulle
Artist: Bernard Buffet
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1962_04.06_sophialoren
April 6, 1962: Sophia Loren
Artist: J. Bouche
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1964_01.03_mlk
January 3, 1964: Man of the Year: Martin Luther King Jr.
Artist: Robert Vickrey
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1964_01.10_rbuck
January 10, 1964: R. Buckminster Fuller
Artist: Boris Artzybasheff
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1964_02.28_theloniousmonk
February 28, 1964: Thelonious Monk
Artist: Boris Chaliapin
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1965_03.19_mlk
April 24, 1964: Lenin
Artist: Ben Shahn
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1965_01.29_teen
January 29, 1965, Today’s Teenagers
Artist: Andy Warhol
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1965_03.05_jeanne
March 5, 1965: Jeanne Moreau
Artist: Rufino Tamayo
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1965_03.19_mlk
March 19, 1965: Martin Luther King
Artist: Ben Shahn
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1965_04.16_rudolph
April 16, 1965: Rudolf Nureyev
Artist: Sidney Nolan
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1965_07.30_chagall
July 30, 1965: Marc Chagall
Artist: Marc Chagall
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1967_03.03_hefner
March 3, 1967: Playboy’s Hugh Hefner
Artist: Marisol
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1967_09.22_beatles
September 22, 1967: The Beatles
Artist: Gerald Scarfe
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1967_12.08_bonnie
December 8, 1967: Bonnie and Clyde
Artist: Robert Rauschenberg
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1968_05.24_rfk
May 24, 1968: Robert F. Kennedy
Artist: Roy Lictenstein
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1968_06.21_gun
June 21, 1968: The Gun in America
Artist: Roy Lichtenstein
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1969_06.27_princecharles
June 27, 1969: Is Prince Charles Necessary?
Artist: Peter Max
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1969_07.11_sex
July 11, 1969: The Sex Explosion
Artist: Dennis Wheeler
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1969_08.08_johnwayne
August 8, 1969: John Wayne
Artist: Harry Jackson
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1969_10.31_homosexuality
October 31, 1969: The Homosexual in America
Artist: Fred Burrell
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1969_11.28_welch
November 28, 1969: Raquel Welch
Artist: Frank Gallo
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1970_02.16_janefonda
February 16, 1970: Jane, Henry and Peter: The Flying Fondas
Artist: Andy Warhol
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1970_04.06_jesse
April 6, 1970: Black America 1970
Artist: Romare Bearden
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1972_01.03_nixon
January 3, 1972: Man of the Year: Richard Nixon
Artist: Stanley Glaubach
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1972_12.18_nutrition
December 18, 1972: Eating May Not Be Good For You
Artist: Stanley Glaubach
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1976_05.31_mccartney
May 31, 1976: McCartney Comes Back
Artist: Peter Max
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1976_11.29_rauschenbergby
November 29, 1976: Rauschenberg by Rauschenberg
Artist: Robert Rauschenberg
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1982_10.18_johnupdike
October 18, 1982: John Updike
Artist: Alex Katz
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1983_01.03_machine
January 3, 1983: Machine of the Year: The Computer
Artist: George Segal
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1984_03.19_michaeljackson
March 19, 1984: Michael Jackson
Artist: Andy Warhol
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1985_04.01_iacocca
April 1, 1985: Lee Iacocca
Artist: Andy Warhol
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1986_09.29_mafia
September 29, 1986: Crime Boss John Gotti
Artist: Andy Warhol
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1987_03.30_reag
March 30, 1987: America’s Agenda
Artist: Robert Rauschenberg
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1990_11.01_women
November 1, 1990: Women: The Road Ahead
Artist: Susan Moore
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1992_03.16_leno
March 16, 1992: Jay Leno
Artist: Al Hirschfeld
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2008_12.29_POYobama
December 29, 2008: Person of the Year: Obama
Artist: Shepard Fairey
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2011_12.24_protestor
December 24, 2011: Person of the Year: The Protestor
Artist: Shepard Fairey
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