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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.

From our Oral History Project. 🟢🟡🟢🟡🟢🟡🟢🟡🟢🟡 In Nancy Princenthal's words: "Willie Cole is a global traveler in life and ar...
02/16/2020

From our Oral History Project. 🟢🟡🟢🟡🟢🟡🟢🟡🟢🟡 In Nancy Princenthal's words: "Willie Cole is a global traveler in life and art. Working with objects found at first in the streets and junkshops of Newark and Harlem—they have come to include steam irons, hair dryers, lawn jockeys, and plastic water bottles—and with sources ranging from Yoruba and Senufo masks and sacred figures to major works of early Modernism, Cole forges assemblages distinguished by their sharp wit and formal elegance." @williecoleart @nancy.princenthal #williecole #modernism #foundobjects #bomboralhistoryproject #signposts #everydayisblackhistory

"How you were at 17 is how you are the rest of your life, with maybe layers of sophistication or pretense."Sandra Bernha...
02/15/2020
Sandra Bernhard by Gary Indiana - BOMB Magazine

"How you were at 17 is how you are the rest of your life, with maybe layers of sophistication or pretense."

Sandra Bernhard by Gary Indiana, Issue #24, 1988

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/sandra-bernhard/

Sandra Bernhard collaborated with John Boskovitch to write her 1988 show Without You I’m Nothing. Sandra was inspired to develop material after two years traveling on the road with John and the outrageous situations they encountered.

"I courted a country. Five years of batting my eyelashes on paper."Subtext: Lisa Birman’s Valentine to the United States...
02/14/2020
Subtext: Lisa Birman's Valentine to the United States by Susie DeFord - BOMB Magazine

"I courted a country. Five years of batting my eyelashes on paper."

Subtext: Lisa Birman’s Valentine to the United States by Susie DeFord

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/subtext-lisa-birmans-valentine-to-the-united-states/

The word “Valentine” can’t help but invoke images of cheap, cheesy paper Garfield valentines and boxes of colorful, chalky heart candies that say “Be Mine” and “Hot Stuff.” However, on February 14th 2006, the Australian born poet Lisa Birman received a unique valentine from the United ...

"Well, I am romantic: I’m interested in the fragility of life, the quickness of experience."Ellen Phelan by Michèle Gerb...
02/14/2020
Ellen Phelan by Michèle Gerber Klein - BOMB Magazine

"Well, I am romantic: I’m interested in the fragility of life, the quickness of experience."

Ellen Phelan by Michèle Gerber Klein, Issue #88, 2004

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/ellen-phelan/

When Ellen Phelan first told me about her plan to work with existing photographs—family-album snapshots of her life from childhood through adulthood, some shot by her father and others by her husband, Joel Shapiro—I was immediately touched and intrigued.

"If you’re making valentines, and they’re meant very personally and then somebody says 'Oh, but you’re such a good valen...
02/14/2020
Robin Winters by Betsy Sussler - BOMB Magazine

"If you’re making valentines, and they’re meant very personally and then somebody says 'Oh, but you’re such a good valentine maker! Make more valentines just like this!' There are two sides. One generates money. One generates meaning. Sometimes they merge perfectly."

Robin Winters by Betsy Sussler, Issue #7, 1983

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/robin-winters/

Artist Robin Winters talks about his assorted odd jobs, his cast of characters, and sets an ultimatum for the American government.

"I lived in Los Angeles because I kept falling in love with guys who lived in Los Angeles."Happy Valentine's Day from BO...
02/14/2020
Marlane Meyer by Lance Loud - BOMB Magazine

"I lived in Los Angeles because I kept falling in love with guys who lived in Los Angeles."

Happy Valentine's Day from BOMB!

Marlane Meyer by Lance Loud, Issue #30, 1990

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/marlane-meyer/

"I may write plays now so that they're really open on some level, but I'd like to see if there's a more visual level, rather than just the inherent truth of the language that I've always gone for. I want to find a sort of visual shorthand. I'm just beginning to play with that now."

📮David Horvitz End Page issue #136 #heart #davidhorvitz #valentine
02/14/2020

📮David Horvitz
End Page issue #136
#heart #davidhorvitz #valentine

📮David Horvitz End Page issue #136 #heart #davidhorvitz #valentine
02/14/2020

📮David Horvitz
End Page issue #136
#heart #davidhorvitz #valentine

"...as dancers and choreographers, we have this incredible potential to be the most contemporary art form, because what ...
02/13/2020
Music Made Visible: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic by - BOMB Magazine

"...as dancers and choreographers, we have this incredible potential to be the most contemporary art form, because what is more contemporary than the body?"

Music Made Visible: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/music-made-visible-anne-teresa-de-keersmaeker-interviewed-by-ivan-talijancic/

The North American debut of Belgian choreographer’s work set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s cello suites.

Daniel Kehlmann's "Shoes" is now unlocked from Winter Issue #150! https://bombmagazine.org/articles/shoes/Check out Kehl...
02/12/2020
Issue#150: Shoes by Daniel Kehlmann - BOMB Magazine

Daniel Kehlmann's "Shoes" is now unlocked from Winter Issue #150!

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/shoes/

Check out Kehlmann's newly released "Tyll" (Pantheon Books) on sale here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/567073/tyll-by-daniel-kehlmann/

And see Kehlmann live in conversation:
2/27, 8PM: 92nd Street Y​ with Zadie Smith
3/12, 7PM: Conversations from the Cullman Center at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building with Hari Kunzru

From the book Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, to be published on February 11.

Rainy Mondays with Patti. #issue54 Patti Smith by Thurston Moore #1996 #thurstonmoore #pattismith
02/10/2020

Rainy Mondays with Patti.

#issue54
Patti Smith by Thurston Moore #1996

#thurstonmoore #pattismith

Daniel Kehlmann masterfully weaves the fates of many historical figures into this enchanting work of magical realism and...
02/10/2020
Issue#150: Shoes by Daniel Kehlmann - BOMB Magazine

Daniel Kehlmann masterfully weaves the fates of many historical figures into this enchanting work of magical realism and adventure.

Read an excerpt from Tyll here:

"In the end, we recovered our tempers. The cows were milked before sundown."

#firstproof Penguin Random House

From the book Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann, to be published on February 11.

02/09/2020
Diane Kurys by Bette Gordon - BOMB Magazine

"When I was 12 years old they would kiss on the screen and I would go 'ahh' like it was me. I wanted to find that again, because I haven’t found it..."

Diane Kurys by Bette Gordon, Issue #21, 1987

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/diane-kurys/

Filmmaker Diane Kurys, a French woman directing in English, discusses the unsexiness of onscreen sex, the possibility of loving two people at the same time, and other improbabilities.

"I think there is a great deal of longing in American art. Painting has a pathos and a profundity—a faith."Ralph Humphre...
02/07/2020
Ralph Humphrey by Betsy Sussler - BOMB Magazine

"I think there is a great deal of longing in American art. Painting has a pathos and a profundity—a faith."

Ralph Humphrey by Betsy Sussler, Issue #11, 1985

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/ralph-humphrey/

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.

"...in the last three years of her life, Miyoshi Barosh made some of her most ambitious work."One Piece: "Untitled (Sad ...
02/07/2020

"...in the last three years of her life, Miyoshi Barosh made some of her most ambitious work."

One Piece: "Untitled (Sad Round Face)" by Miyoshi Barosh

Barosh’s work can be seen at Night Gallery in LA until February 8 and at The Pit in LA until February 22.

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/one-piece-untitled-sad-round-face/

"I don’t think I’m intentionally being weird. I think for whatever reason, it comes out sounding like that, and that’s w...
02/06/2020

"I don’t think I’m intentionally being weird. I think for whatever reason, it comes out sounding like that, and that’s when I get interested."

Weird Political Fiction: Charles Yu Interviewed by Gabe Hudson

Pantheon Books

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/charles-yu/

02/04/2020
"These films are seen as German films. I can do nothing about it. They are shot in Germany, and I am German. I can never...
02/04/2020

"These films are seen as German films. I can do nothing about it. They are shot in Germany, and I am German. I can never shoot a Romanian film, an American film. I can only shoot a German film."

Let the Dialogue Do Something: Angela Schanelec Interviewed by Ricky D’Ambrose

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/angela-schanelec-interviewed/

We are proud to be included on this list of Rubin Foundation grantees!
02/03/2020
Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation Announce 2020 Art and Social Justice Grantees

We are proud to be included on this list of Rubin Foundation grantees!

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation has named the 2020 recipients of its art and social justice grants. Now in its fifth cycle, the grant program will reward fifty-three New York–based cultural organizations for their artistic activism and engagement with social justice. Grants will provide dire...

"...when you’re writing poetry you become aware that all love is an art form. Any relationship can be its own mini liter...
02/03/2020

"...when you’re writing poetry you become aware that all love is an art form. Any relationship can be its own mini literary tradition."

Poetry is Play: Rachel Rabbit White Interviewed by gin hart & mal young

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/rachel-rabbit-white/

"He squeezes her hand. She squeezes back, thinking, How meaningless, wondering, Where is the risk in squeezing a lover’s...
01/31/2020

"He squeezes her hand. She squeezes back, thinking, How meaningless, wondering, Where is the risk in squeezing a lover’s hand while walking to an art party?"

A Woman Object (Exploding) by Lidia Yuknavitch
Riverhead Books

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/lidia-yuknavitch-verge/

"You want to look at a painting and feel a do-not-care spirit. That’s part of what makes it exciting. But you can’t forg...
01/29/2020

"You want to look at a painting and feel a do-not-care spirit. That’s part of what makes it exciting. But you can’t forge that."

Issue #150: Seth Price by Kim Gordon

Petzel Gallery

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/seth-price/

"These days, I think a lot about whether it’s possible to create, in fiction, a lot of activity and layers and life but ...
01/29/2020

"These days, I think a lot about whether it’s possible to create, in fiction, a lot of activity and layers and life but in the sparest way possible. Can I go wild and technicolor with restraint?"

Never a Single Crossing: Paul Yoon Interviewed by Katy Simpson Smith

Simon & Schuster

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/paul-yoon/

And revisit his First Proof from BOMB #148: https://bombmagazine.org/articles/bosun/

"New York City...is the perfect backdrop for my work, because it has been reproduced endlessly, to the degree that walki...
01/28/2020

"New York City...is the perfect backdrop for my work, because it has been reproduced endlessly, to the degree that walking down a street here sometimes feels fictional."

Collaged Knowledge: Barbara Probst Interviewed by Will Fenstermaker

"Barbara Probst: Exposure #1: N.Y.C., 545 8th Avenue, 01.07.00, 10:37 p.m." is on view at Higher Pictures in New York City until February 8.

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/collaged-knowledge-barbara-probst-interviewed/

"You could say that I’m trying to put the body in the mind and the mind in the body."Olafur Eliasson by Chris Gilbert, I...
01/28/2020
Olafur Eliasson by Chris Gilbert - BOMB Magazine

"You could say that I’m trying to put the body in the mind and the mind in the body."

Olafur Eliasson by Chris Gilbert, Issue #88, 2004

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/olafur-eliasson/

Conceptual art’s shift away from the traditional art object—sometimes dubiously referred to as "dematerialization"—was more or less an idée reçue in the late 1980s and early ’90s, when Olafur Eliasson was beginning to make art as a student at the Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen.

"When working within institutions, I still treat those spaces in the same way as I would treat any public space by consi...
01/27/2020
Sound and Sculpture: Susan Philipsz Interviewed by James McAnally - BOMB Magazine

"When working within institutions, I still treat those spaces in the same way as I would treat any public space by considering the acoustics, the architecture, the history..."

Sound and Sculpture: Susan Philipsz Interviewed by James McAnally
Pulitzer Arts Foundation

https://bombmagazine.org/articles/sound-and-sculpture-susan-philipsz-interviewed/

A foundational sound artist presents a career-spanning overview.

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