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Named after Wyndham Lewis’s BLAST, a 1914 journal edited by artists and writers, BOMB Magazine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, launched in 1981 as an artists’ and writers’ quarterly because its founders saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way it was described by critics. As a result, BOMB has made the artist’s voice an essential component of cultural discourse. BOMB reveals artists’ ideas, thoughts and creative processes by producing in-depth interviews between visual artists, writers, musicians, actors, directors, choreographers, performers and architects across multiple platforms-in print, online, and at live events. Publishing carefully developed dialogues that delve deep into theory and practice, BOMB has re-invented the question-and-answer format, allowing for complex discussions about art to emerge. BOMB’s interviews are legendary. Because in the pages of BOMB, artists get to be the authors of their own tales. Over the last 30 years, BOMB has grown to become an international magazine with an editorial board of over 80 professional artists, writers, actors, directors, architects, and musicians serving as our Contributing Editors. The BOMB Digital Archive, available online for free worldwide, contains over 1,000 interviews from the last quarter century—that’s more than 2,000 voices comprising an ongoing conversation that has changed the nature of cultural discourse. Considered primary documents of American cultural history, BOMB’s archives have twice been awarded NEA Heritage and Preservation Grants for Excellence and have been acquired by Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2004. In addition to our Interviews, BOMB features "Artists on Artists" essays and First Proof, BOMB's literary supplement, featuring original fiction and poetry, excerpts of novels, and first-time translations into English. In addition to the magazine, BOMB produces the audio and video series BOMBLive!, which pairs artists and writers in lively and intimate conversations about the creative process. BOMB also hosts a variety of events around the country, including launch parties; readings, panels, and performances; an Annual Gala & Silent Auction fundraiser; and participates in such fairs and conventions as AWP, CAA, BEA, ALA, among others. Visit BOMBsite.com for extras and continuations from the print edition, as well as web-exclusives like streaming videos, podcasts, web-only interviews, audio and video clips from artist's works. Check out BOMBlog for original content such as reviews, poems, event listings, video, and discussion boards. BOMB-outspoken and timeless-interviews that change the way we think about the arts, by the people who make the arts.

Iman Issa is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019. Whitney Museum of American Art
05/18/2019
Iman Issa by Andrew Weiner - BOMB Magazine

Iman Issa is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019.
Whitney Museum of American Art

A New York- and Cairo-based artist unpacks her understanding of heritage and how it can operate in contemporary art.

Nicole Eisenman is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019. Whitney Museum of American Art
05/17/2019
Nicole Eisenman and David Humphrey by - BOMB Magazine

Nicole Eisenman is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019. Whitney Museum of American Art

The painters discuss facial symmetry and mirror neurons, the interplay between image and texture, and their shared interest in storytelling through figuration.

Rujeko Hockley, co-curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 2019, recently participated in BOMB's Oral His...
05/16/2019
Oral History Project: Linda Goode Bryant by Rujeko Hockley - BOMB Magazine

Rujeko Hockley, co-curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial 2019, recently participated in BOMB's Oral History Project with artist and activist Linda Goode Bryant. Read their extensive conversation here.

“I was motivated to pursue a way to change the conditions that were causing Black artists I interfaced with every day to say, ‘They won’t let us, they won’t let us, they won’t let us.' I got tired of hearing that, and I said, ‘F**k them! Let’s start a gallery!’ So that’s how JAM go...

Lucas Blalock is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019. Whitney Museum of American Art
05/16/2019
Lucas Blalock by Taylor Dafoe - BOMB Magazine

Lucas Blalock is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019. Whitney Museum of American Art

“If I do something to a photograph, the viewer has an impulse to naturalize what happened, to correct the mistake.”

Danspace Project presents Forti, Paxton, Rainer Read Their Writings: two evenings of performative readings by Simone For...
05/15/2019
Simone Forti by Tashi Wada​ - BOMB Magazine

Danspace Project presents Forti, Paxton, Rainer Read Their Writings: two evenings of performative readings by Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer.
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May 16, 8pm & May 17, 8pm.
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Forti in BOMB: http://ow.ly/nRJt30oFmpx
Rainer in BOMB: http://ow.ly/20QZ30oFmwy

On the release of Al Di Là, a collection of her sound works, Forti guides us through her decades-long practice of observation, intuition, and kinaesthetic awareness.

Finding a Common Language: Jenny Brockmann Interviewed by Danni Shen---An entanglement with various modes of knowledge p...
05/15/2019
Finding a Common Language: Jenny Brockmann Interviewed by Danni Shen - BOMB Magazine

Finding a Common Language: Jenny Brockmann Interviewed by Danni Shen
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An entanglement with various modes of knowledge production.
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"How can we create or acquire knowledge through our bodily experiences evolving in time? My practice is always connected to an exchange with the public and does not reveal itself without the public."

An entanglement with various modes of knowledge production.

Morgan Bassichis is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019. ---"What’s the point of being queer, or an artist, or a rad...
05/14/2019
Morgan Bassichis by Katherine Brewer Ball - BOMB Magazine

Morgan Bassichis is included in the Whitney Biennial 2019.
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"What’s the point of being queer, or an artist, or a radical, if you don’t veer?”

"What's the point of being queer, or an artist, or a radical, if you don't veer?"

Studio Visit: Anne Vieux by Terence Trouillot---Painting digital.---"Quirkily enough, the Michigan-born artist’s most ...
05/14/2019
Studio Visit: Anne Vieux by Terence Trouillot - BOMB Magazine

Studio Visit: Anne Vieux by Terence Trouillot
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Painting digital.
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"Quirkily enough, the Michigan-born artist’s most trusted muse for many years has been holographic or reflective paper: a giftwrap-like sheet of shiny aluminum embossed with a holographic design. Vieux manipulates the thin metallic leaf of paper, oftentimes crumpling it for texture, and then scans the material on a flatbed scanner."

Painting digital.

"Poetry has long found and folded beauty in violence. What sets Mukomolova’s poems apart is her appreciation of dyke b...
05/13/2019
Dyke Beauty: Gala Mukomolova's Without Protection by Natalie Adler - BOMB Magazine

"Poetry has long found and folded beauty in violence. What sets Mukomolova’s poems apart is her appreciation of dyke beauty, an erotic beauty that is as gorgeous and gruesome as a whole hand unfurling inside a body like a tulip."
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Dyke Beauty: Gala Mukomolova’s Without Protection by Natalie Adler
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A poetry collection on the violence of knowledge, sexual awakening, and encounters through Baba Yaga’s forest.
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Coffee House Press

A poetry collection on the violence of knowledge, sexual awakening, and encounters through Baba Yaga’s forest.

Since 1981, BOMB has been the gold-standard for conversations between artists of all disciplines, and every issue includ...
05/12/2019
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Since 1981, BOMB has been the gold-standard for conversations between artists of all disciplines, and every issue includes these in-depth interviews as well as Editors' Choice, our selection of short criticism, and our literary supplement First Proof, highlighting the most innovative in short fiction and poetry.

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Subscribe or renew your subscription to BOMB today for nearly 50% off the cover price! Since 1981, BOMB has been the gold-standard for conversations between artists of all disciplines, and every issue includes these in-depth interviews as well as Editors' Choice, our selection of short criticism, an...

"I have never started with an idea. I’m certainly not interested in depicting anything, but neither am I interested in...
05/11/2019
Charline Von Heyl by Shirley Kaneda - BOMB Magazine

"I have never started with an idea. I’m certainly not interested in depicting anything, but neither am I interested in abstraction for its own sake." – Charline Von Heyl (BOMB fall 2010 issue #113)
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https://bombmagazine.org/articles/charline-von-heyl/

I first came across Charline von Heyl’s paintings in the mid-’90s. She had moved to New York from Germany in 1994, having had her first New York solo show at Friedrich Petzel Gallery.

Laker Gold by Kwame Opoku-DukuGlass Poetry Press Kwame Opoku-Duku--"I.Laker gold is how Pops describes it. To Little Man...
05/10/2019
Laker Gold by Kwame Opoku-Duku - BOMB Magazine

Laker Gold by Kwame Opoku-Duku
Glass Poetry Press Kwame Opoku-Duku
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"I.

Laker gold is how Pops describes it. To Little Man, though, that motherf**ker is yellow. Canary yellow and dirty. Little Man knows it’s a Westview Public Works truck, even though the WPW tag was zig-zagged over with black spray paint."

Laker gold is how Pops describes it. To Little Man, though, that motherf**ker is yellow. Canary yellow and dirty. Little Man knows it’s a Westview Public Works truck, even though the WPW tag was zig-zagged over with black spray paint.

Last week at Frieze, five collaborators, Dr. Zoé Whitley, Lorna Simpson, Lowery Stokes Sims, Tom Finkelpearl, Dawoud Be...
05/10/2019
Oral History Project: Linda Goode Bryant by Rujeko Hockley - BOMB Magazine

Last week at Frieze, five collaborators, Dr. Zoé Whitley, Lorna Simpson, Lowery Stokes Sims, Tom Finkelpearl, Dawoud Bey, celebrated the Just Above Midtown's legendary founder, Linda Goode Bryant.
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"It wasn’t just the usual suspect of the 1980s either. And it was never just one niche of artistic practice she was showing. You could walk into all kinds of scenes there, early career artists, mid-career artists…" — Lorna Simpson
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Bryant recently became part of BOMB's Oral History Project, which, since 2014, has staged one-on-one interviews with New York City-based visual artists of African descent, conducted by curators, scholars, and cultural producers.
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https://bombmagazine.org/articles/linda-goode-bryant/

“I was motivated to pursue a way to change the conditions that were causing Black artists I interfaced with every day to say, ‘They won’t let us, they won’t let us, they won’t let us.' I got tired of hearing that, and I said, ‘F**k them! Let’s start a gallery!’ So that’s how JAM go...

Oscar Tuazon: CollaboratorBellevue Arts MuseumBellevue, WashingtonMay 10 – September 15, 2019Tuazon is featured in our...
05/10/2019
Lauren Bon and Oscar Tuazon by - BOMB Magazine

Oscar Tuazon: Collaborator
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue, Washington
May 10 – September 15, 2019
Tuazon is featured in our spring 2019 issue #147:

The social practice works of Bon and Tuazon take the form of functional interventions to address and educate about California’s water crisis.

"When war as a condition is cellular within a nation, embedded within its culture and economy and forms of amusement, I ...
05/09/2019
Rehearsing Violence: Nomi Stone Interviewed by Jasmine Dreame Wagner - BOMB Magazine

"When war as a condition is cellular within a nation, embedded within its culture and economy and forms of amusement, I don’t think we can easily escape its metaphors."
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Rehearsing Violence: Nomi Stone Interviewed by Jasmine Dreame Wagner Tupelo Press Nomi Stone Jasmine Dreame Wagner
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The poet on her new collection of documentary poetry, military simulation zones, and how Americans are regularly ensconced in the diorama of war.

The poet on her new collection of documentary poetry, military simulation zones, and how Americans are regularly ensconced in the diorama of war.

Hello from the #bombarchives! Today, we’re revisiting our winter 1988 Issue #22, featuring contributions from #RobertM...
05/09/2019

Hello from the #bombarchives! Today, we’re revisiting our winter 1988 Issue #22, featuring contributions from #RobertMapplethorpe, #GaryIndiana, #NancyLemann, #RoseEnglish, #BriceMarden, #SaulOstrow, #MikeKelley, and #EdRuscha.

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"I see myself as a bit primitive in the way that I approach things, not as a classical artist." – Joan Jonas (BOMB 201...
05/09/2019
Joan Jonas by Karin Schneider - BOMB Magazine

"I see myself as a bit primitive in the way that I approach things, not as a classical artist." – Joan Jonas (BOMB 2010 summer issue #112)
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https://bombmagazine.org/articles/joan-jonas/

Jonas’s language gives us a fertile semiological value to reflect upon. It has an organic open-work structure of experimentation that necessitates play along with a system of signs. Its mythology offers a visual image of a new Gestalt.

"The bulk of Cueva’s work deals with image-making in the primordial sense: icons, talismans, idols. His paintings usua...
05/08/2019
Studio Visit: Nicholas Cueva by Jeffrey Grunthaner - BOMB Magazine

"The bulk of Cueva’s work deals with image-making in the primordial sense: icons, talismans, idols. His paintings usually have something like a manifest and a latent content."
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Studio Visit: Nicholas Cueva by Jeffrey Grunthaner
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Making and unmaking idols.
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Freight + Volume Gallery

Making and unmaking idols.

"The appreciation of what is beautiful feeds the hunger in us, and you can find it in places like Alexandra Fjord but al...
05/07/2019

"The appreciation of what is beautiful feeds the hunger in us, and you can find it in places like Alexandra Fjord but also in music and painting and dance and sculpture. It’s that combination for me of reading Robinson Jeffers and radio-collaring wolves—those two activities are intertwined in my mind."
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In "Horizon" (Alfred A. Knopf), the globetrotting writer, Barry Lopez, charts encounters with diverse cultures, climes, and the animal kingdom, suggesting how we might proceed more gently in the world.
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Read his interview w/ Taylor Larsen in BOMB spring issue #147.
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https://shop.bombmagazine.org/collections/frontpage/products/bomb-147-fall-2020

"We understand what grief is, that it’s this shock, this sort of trauma. Then, therapy happens, time happens, longing ...
05/07/2019
This Broken, Jarring Thing: Enda Walsh Interviewed by Tadhg Hoey - BOMB Magazine

"We understand what grief is, that it’s this shock, this sort of trauma. Then, therapy happens, time happens, longing happens, and, eventually, the character gets through the storm."
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This Broken, Jarring Thing: Enda Walsh Interviewed by Tadhg Hoey
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The Irish playwright on grief, adaptation, and the possibilities of form.

The Irish playwright on grief, adaptation, and the possibilities of form.

"I started looking at the language of different sorts of movements—everything from punk rock, to Mod culture, to queer...
05/06/2019
Innovation and Tradition: Jeffrey Gibson Interviewed by Emily Zimmerman - BOMB Magazine

"I started looking at the language of different sorts of movements—everything from punk rock, to Mod culture, to queer culture, to the feminist movement—and tried to pay attention to whether this change has happened."
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Innovation and Tradition: Jeffrey Gibson Interviewed by Emily Zimmerman
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Working between mediums.

Working between mediums.

From our current issue #147: Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda---“A fundamental sourc...
05/04/2019
Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda - BOMB Magazine

From our current issue #147: Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda
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“A fundamental source of musical thought in Asia may be found in nature itself—in its abundance and in its density. And man’s role in that tropical wealth is to accommodate nature.”
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On the legacy of José Montserrat Maceda, the renowned Filipino composer and ethnomusicologist.

The secrets are boxed within. That’s what I thought two years ago in Quezon City, where I was doing research at the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology.

Last weekend to see “Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts” is on display at MoMA/P.S.1 ---...
05/03/2019
BOMB 147 / Spring 2019

Last weekend to see “Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts” is on display at MoMA/P.S.1
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Kaphar's work graces the cover of BOMB's spring issue #147.
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https://artforjusticefund.org/redaction-on-exhibit-at-moma-ps1-until-may-5/

INTERVIEWS ART - YOUNG JOON KWAK by Charles Long FILM - KAZUO HARA by Ken Jacobs ART - BILL JENKINS by Joe Fyfe DANCE - LIGIA LEWIS by Catherine Damman MUSIC - WILLIAM BASINSKI by Lea Bertucci THEORY + PRACTICE - TITUS KAPHAR by Jason Stanley LITERATURE - JOSÉ ROBERTO CEA by Daniel Flores y Ascenci...

Final weekend to submit (MAY 5 DEADLINE) to BOMB's Biennial Fiction Contest! This year’s winner will receive a $1,000 ...
05/03/2019
BOMB's Biennial Fiction Contest by - BOMB Magazine

Final weekend to submit (MAY 5 DEADLINE) to BOMB's Biennial Fiction Contest! This year’s winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication in BOMB’s literary supplement, First Proof.

BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. BOMB's founders—New York City based artists and writers—created BOMB because they saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way critics described it.

BOMB’s Biennial Fiction Contest - LAST CALL! Submit by May 5. Manuscripts must be fewer than 5,000 words and consist o...
05/02/2019
BOMB's Biennial Fiction Contest by - BOMB Magazine

BOMB’s Biennial Fiction Contest - LAST CALL! Submit by May 5. Manuscripts must be fewer than 5,000 words and consist of a single story. All entries will be considered anonymously.

BOMB Magazine has been publishing conversations between artists of all disciplines since 1981. BOMB's founders—New York City based artists and writers—created BOMB because they saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way critics described it.

Reappear, Remind, Reverberate: Chelsea Biondolillo Interviewed by Erica Trabold--The essayist on writing about birds to ...
05/02/2019
Reappear, Remind, Reverberate: Chelsea Biondolillo Interviewed by Erica Trabold - BOMB Magazine

Reappear, Remind, Reverberate: Chelsea Biondolillo Interviewed by Erica Trabold
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The essayist on writing about birds to bridge thematic leaps from fathers to tattoos to cross-continental moves.
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"I am not particularly amenable to rules of any kind. I like that the essay has truthiness as its only real constraint. I say truthiness instead of truth not to be funny or coy, but because the fallibility of memory, the bias of perspective, and one’s positionality all mean that the truth I write can only be an approximation."
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Erica Trabold

The essayist on writing about birds to bridge thematic leaps from fathers to tattoos to cross-continental moves.

From our current issue #147: Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda---“A fundamental sourc...
05/01/2019
Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda - BOMB Magazine

From our current issue #147: Everywhere at Once: José Maceda’s Musical Territory by Aki Onda
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“A fundamental source of musical thought in Asia may be found in nature itself—in its abundance and in its density. And man’s role in that tropical wealth is to accommodate nature.”
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On the legacy of José Montserrat Maceda, the renowned Filipino composer and ethnomusicologist.

The secrets are boxed within. That’s what I thought two years ago in Quezon City, where I was doing research at the University of the Philippines Center for Ethnomusicology.

BOMB's 38th Anniversary Gala & AuctionNEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Atmosphere at BOMB's 38th Anniversary Gala & Auction at C...
05/01/2019

BOMB's 38th Anniversary Gala & Auction

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Atmosphere at BOMB's 38th Anniversary Gala & Auction at Capitale on April 30, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Sean Zanni/PMC) *** Local Caption *** Atmosphere

BOMB’s 38th Anniversary was held at Capitale on April 30, 2019 honoring Sam Gilliam, Adam Pendleton, and Donna De Salv...
05/01/2019
BOMB's 38th Anniversary Gala & Auction Photos by - BOMB Magazine

BOMB’s 38th Anniversary was held at Capitale on April 30, 2019 honoring Sam Gilliam, Adam Pendleton, and Donna De Salvo. Toasters Jay Sanders, Adrienne Edwards and Jonathan Binstock delivered moving tributes to the honorees. BOMB ended the evening by saluting Agnes Gund, Catherine Gund, and Helena Huang of the Art for Justice Fund. Enjoy the full album from the gala and auction below.

BOMB's 38th Anniversary was held at Capitale on April 30, 2019 honoring Sam Gilliam, Adam Pendleton, and Donna De Salvo. Toasters Jay Sanders, Adrienne Edwards and Jonathan Binstock delivered moving tributes to the honorees. BOMB ended the evening by saluting Agnes Gund, Catherine Gund, and Helena H...

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