"It’s so important to make your own little specks of peace around you. It’s a matter of being an idiot."
Martin Wilner is an artist and psychiatrist. For his ongoing Case Histories—a series of portraits each completed over the course of a month—subjects send him daily dispatches that are woven into the drawings. Novelist Francis Levy calls the process "a mini analysis of sorts."
Writer and critic Tom McDonough asks artist Theaster Gates about channeling surplus, reclaiming vernacular art forms, and his ritualistic approach to urban revitalization in Chicago's South Side.
Tomaž Šalamun, one of the world's great poets, recently passed away at the age of seventy-three. His work continues to be a major inspiration. He spoke with Charles Simic for BOMB several years ago.