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.
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About BOMB

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.

Today, BOMB is a multi-media publishing house that creates, disseminates, and preserves artist-generated content from interviews to artists’ essays to new literature. BOMB includes a quarterly print magazine, a daily online publication, and a digital archive of its previously published content from 1981 onward.

BOMB Magazine is a print quarterly publishing in-depth interviews between artists alongside artists’ essays, literature, and portfolios. Subscribe today.

BOMB Daily publishes exchanges on artistic practice including interviews, literature, portfolios, and essays. Sign up to Weekend Reads to receive the weekly roundup.

The BOMB Archive is a fully searchable and relational online library that provides access to the ongoing history of dialogue generated by BOMB since 1981. With funding from the A.W. Mellon Foundation, BOMB has made all of its content—over 5,000 primary cultural documents from the past 35 years—available for free.

BOMB’s Oral Histories Project is a series of interviews that documents and preserves the life-stories of NYC-based African-American visual artists.


Thank you!

BOMB extends its gratitude to the generous donors who made the launch of our new website possible:

-The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported the digitization, indexing (in progress), and navigation of BOMB’s content from 1981 onward.

-The National Endowment for the Arts

-The Fiddlehead Fund

-BOMB's Board of Trustees—Cary Brown-Epstein, Paul Cantor, Rosemary Carroll, Jennifer Clifford Danner, Michael Coffey, Brian Dailey, Eric Fischl, David Humphrey, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Heather M. Kirby, Ellen Phelan, Jane Rosenblum, Betsy Sussler, Lybess Sweezy, and Mickalene Thomas

-A "magnonymous" donor

BOMB extends its thanks to all the hard work that built this site:

Design: Tom Griffiths, Everything Studio

Development: David Jacobs, Duncan Regan, Greg Knauss and everyone at 29th Street Publishing

Legacy Development: Thanks to Fred Krughoff and Rick Frankel of Cybercode Consulting who built our first website years and years ago.




Publisher, Editor In Chief
Betsy Sussler

Associate Publisher
Mary-Ann Monforton

Senior Editor
Sabine Russ

Managing Editor
Andrew Bourne

Director of Online Editorial & Audience Development
Ryan Chapman

Director of Development
Philip Langer

Director of Circulation
Ted Dodson

Deputy Director
Lora Evinger

Web Editor
Alan Gilbert

Development Associate
Amber Power

Online Art Editor
David Everitt Howe

Online Literature Editor
Raluca Albu

Andrew W. Mellon Fellows
Evan Coles—Oral Histories
Michael Blair—Performing Arts
Chantal McStay—Visual/Literary Arts

Creative Direction & Design
Everything Studio

Development Consultants
George Negroponte
WX​Y architecture and urban design

Copy Editor/proofreader
Sarah Resnick

Printed in Iceland by Oddi Printing

Contributing Editors

Editors at Large
Carlos Brillembourg—Architecture, Saul Ostrow—Art

Tina Barney, Miyoshi Barosh, Ross Bleckner, Cecily Brown, Adam Fuss, Joe Fyfe, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Abby Goldstein, Stuart Horodner, Anthony Huberman, Judy Hudson, David Humphrey, Roberto Juarez, Shirley Kaneda, Deana Lawson, Zoe Leonard, Nell McClister, Josiah McElheny, Amanda Means, Saul Ostrow, Bruce Pearson, Lucy Raven, Legacy Russell, Clifford Ross, Amy Sillman, Nick Stillman, Mimi Thompson, Kara Walker

Stan Allen, Carlos Brillembourg, José Castillo, Deborah Gans

Film and Theater
Jon Robin Baitz, Lauren Bakst, Chris Chang, Lawrence Chua, Nicholas Elliott, Leon Falk, Bette Gordon, Carlos Gutiérrez, Jenn Joy, Clinton Krute, Andrew Lampert, Ralph Lemon, Craig Lucas, Richard Maxwell, Susan Shacter, Mac Wellman

David Byrne, Anthony Coleman, Keith Connolly, David Grubbs, David Krasnow, Clinton Krute, Lawrence Kumpf, David Lang, George Lewis, Alan Licht, Mike McGonigal, Tim Nye, Vernon Reid, Marc Ribot, Ned Sublette, Julia Wolfe, C. Spencer Yeh, John Zorn 

Ammiel Alcalay, Esther Allen, Deborah Baker, Madison Smartt Bell, Tom Bolt, Carmen Boullosa, Amina Cain, Edwidge Danticat, Mónica de la Torre, Deborah Eisenberg, Scott Esposito, Brian Evenson, Daniel Flores y Ascencio, Roxane Gay, Alan Gilbert, Francisco Goldman, Kimiko Hahn, Matthea Harvey, John Haskell, A. M. Homes, Gary Indiana, Patricia Spears Jones, Chris Kraus, Rachel Kushner, Ben Lerner, Jonathan Lethem, Tan Lin, Phillip Lopate, Jaime Manrique, Patrick McGrath, Mary Morris, Silvana Paternostro, Caryl Phillips, Robert Polito, Francine Prose, Daniel Shapiro, Christopher Stackhouse, Lynne Tillman, Colm Tóibín, Frederic Tuten, Benjamin Weissman

Oral History Advisers
Sanford Biggers, Thelma Golden, Kellie Jones, John W. Smith, Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Stanley Whitney, Jack Whitten

Contributing Photographers
Adam Bartos, Sarah Charlesworth (in memoriam), Sally Gall, Nan Goldin, Ben Handzo, Aric Mayer, Elliot Schwartz, William Wegman

Tess Altman
Sylvia Gindick
Emma Howcroft
Kenji Yamada


Betsy Sussler
Glenn O’Brien
Michael McClard
Mark Magill
Sarah Charlesworth
Adviser: Liza Béar

Board of Trustees

Cary Brown-Epstein
Rosemary Carroll, Co-Chair
Jennifer Clifford Danner
Michael Coffey
Brian Dailey
Natalie Frank
David Humphrey
Rachel Lee Hovnanian
Heather M. Kirby
Jeremy Larner
Adam McEwen
Ellen Phelan
Betsy Sussler
Lybess Sweezy, Co-Chair
Mickalene Thomas

Trustees Emeriti

Paul Cantor
Michele Oka Doner
Eric Fischl
Klaus Kertess, in memoriam
Frances Dittmer, in memoriam

Board of Advisers

Gabriella De Ferrari
Andrew Fierberg
Nicole Klagsbrun
Edward Tyler Nahem
Jane Rosenblum
David Salle
Carolina Sandretto
Madeline Weinrib


Thank you to all of our 2017 Patrons!


VANGUARD—$100,000 and over
Lambent Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

LEADERS—$40,000 and over
Cary Brown & Steven Epstein
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Lybess Sweezy & Ken Miller

​​SPONSORS$20,000 to $39,999
The W. L. Lyons Brown, Jr. Charitable Foundation
Heather M. Kirby
Dorothy Lichtenstein
The Leon Lowenstein Foundation, Inc.
National Endowment for the Arts
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
The Thanksgiving Fund

DONORS$10,000 to $19,999
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
Cheim & Read
Paula & Brian Dailey Charitable Foundation
Jennifer Clifford Danner & William Danner
Deutsche Bank
Fiddlehead Fund
Helen Frankenthaler Foundation
Hauser & Wirth
Jeremy Larner
Dominique Lévy Gallery
New York State Council on the Arts
Pace Prints
Pannonia Foundation
Select Equity Group Foundation
The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation

PUBLISHER’S CIRCLE$5,000 to $9,999
Rosemary Carroll
Rebecca Smith & Michael Coffey
Deutsche Bank
Mimi Thompson & James Rosenquist
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.
Ellen Phelan & Joel Shapiro

PUBLISHER’S COUNCIL$2,500 to $4,999
Mahnaz & Adam Bartos
Douglas Baxter
Bruce Ehrmann & Sandi Slone
Giuliana Bruno & Andrew Fierberg
Marian Goodman Gallery
Agnes Gund
James A. Johnson
Fred Hochberg & Thomas Healy
Steven Holl
Raymond Learsy
Ann Tenebaum & Thomas H. Lee
Lisson Gallery
Ursula & Paul Lowerre
Diane & Adam Max
Lawton Fitt & James I. McClaren Foundation
Metro Pictures
Minagawa Art Lines
Cecily Brown & Nicolai Ouroussoff
David Ray
Clifford Ross
Toni Lynn Ross
Stanley Family Fund
Candace King Weir

PATRONS$1,000 to $2,499
Lisa Liebmann and Brooks Adams
Polly Apfelbaum & Stanley T. Allen
Judith Auchincloss
Roland Augustine
Claudia Doring & Alejandro Baez-Sacasa
Elizabeth Baker
Donald Baechler & Kevin Baker
Tina Barney
Joseph Bartscherer
Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley
Linda Blumberg
Karin Waisman & Carlos Brillembourg
Helaine & Paul Cantor
Joanne L. Cassullo
Paula Cooper Gallery
Elena & John Coumantaros
Jane DeBevoise
Mary Dinaburg
The Doan Family Foundation
Michele Oka Doner & Frederick Doner
Gabriella De Ferrari
The Fifth Floor Foundation
Carole Server Frankel & Oliver Frankel
Shelly & Vincent Fremont
Deborah Gans
Gladstone Gallery
Donald Moffett & Robert Gober
Amy & Ronald Guttman
Suzanne Gyorgy
Susan Harris
Jan Hashey
Ursula & Joe Helman
Andrea Himmel
Susan Hinko
Jennifer Coates & David Humphrey
Lucy Winton & Bryan Hunt
Fredericka Hunter
Barbara Jakobson
JP Morgan Private Bank
Nicole Klagsbrun
Bettina Korek
Rebecca Davies & Jeremy Kramer
Rhiannon Kubicka
Carole Kulok
Galerie Lelong
Julian Lethbridge
Sueyun Locks
Robert Longo
Susan & Glen D. Lowry
Lawrence Luhring
Paul Ha and Eva Lundsager
Lurie Family Foundation
Mana Contemporary
Iris Marden
The Wolf Kahn and Emily
Mason Foundation
Janis Gardner Cecil, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art
Daniel M. Neidich & Brooke Garber Foundation
Carolyn Louise Newhouse
Jacqueline Ochs & Jan Kroeze
William R. Peelle Jr.
Penny Pilkington
Kirsten & Andy Pitts
Susan & David Rockefeller
Anita Rogers
Andrea Rosen Gallery
Jane Rosenblum
Carolina Sandretto
Andrea Krantz & Harvey Sawikin
Cindy Sherman
Alanna Heiss & Fred Sherman
Laura Skoler
Kiki Smith
Nancy Solomon
Fern & Lenard Tessler
Marissa S. Tracey
Suzanne McClelland & Drew Vogelman
Andrea Walton
Madeline Weinrib
Teresa Liszka & Martin Weinstein
Mary & Jack Whitten
WXY Architecture
Wilkinson Gallery
Rob Wynne & Charles Ruas

BENEFACTORS$500 to $999
Denise Adler
Elena Alexander-Uglow
The Asen Foundation
Burt Barr
Holly Block
Kathan Brown
Ayn Choi
Barbara Epler
Freight & Volume
Roselee Goldberg
Abby Goldstein
Bob Holman
Samuel Jablon
Caroline Jones
Dylan Landis
Elizabeth LeCompte
Anne Hodge Livet
Low Road Foundation
Gregory R. Miller
Jason Simon
Ira Silverberg
Elke Solomon
Elizabeth Streb
Goia Timpanelli
Barbara Toll
Adam & Lorraine Weinberg

FRIENDS$250 to $499
Acquavella Galleries, Inc.
Barbara Bellin
Simon Castets, Swiss Institute
Claudia Gould
Carol LeWitt
Lucy and Irving Sandler
Michael Selleck
Lee and Cynthia King Vance

PALS$100 to $249
Terrie Akers
S.D. Chrostowska
Ellyn & Saul Dennison
Danielle Dimston
Lisa Phillips & Leon Falk
Mark Fishman
Gregor Huber
Cecily Kahn & David Kapp
Alexander Lau
J. Denny McCoy
Elena Siyanko

BOMB extends heartfelt thanks to the artists who generously donated work to BOMB’s 35th Anniversary Gala and Auction, 2016:

The Estate of Terry Adkins
Etel Adnan
Tom Burr
Ellen Carey
The Estaste of Sarah Charlesworth
Anne Chu
Stephen Collier
The Estate of John Coplans
Brian Dailey
Shezad Dawood
Tacita Dean
David Deutsch
David Diao
Dahlia Egad
Nicole Eisenman
Mitch Epstein
Wendy Ewald
Louise Fishman
Ryan Foerster
Adam Fuss
Joe Fyfe
Mike Goodlett
Ethan Greenbaum
Wade Guyton
Lyle Ashton Harris
David Humphrey
Jacqueline Humphries
Jessica Jackson Hutchins
Mark Innerst
Alfredo Jaar
Joan Jonas
Barbara Kasten
Louise Lawler
Zoe Leonard
Judith Linhares
Vera Lutter
Anthony McCall
Allan McCollum
Josiah McElheny
Amanda Means
Sam Messer
Tom Otterness
Jean Pagliuso
Roxy Paine
Celia Paul
Lari Pittman
Elaine Reichek
Allen Ruppersberg
David Salle and Sofi Brazzeal
Carolina Sandretto
Carolee Schneemann
Richard Serra
Arlene Shechet
Gedi Sibony
James Siena
Ray Smith
Michael Smith
Michael St. John
Henry Taylor
Fred Tomaselli
Peter Wegner
William Wegman
Lawrence Weiner
James Welling
Stanley Whitney
Terry Winters


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