BOMB 140, Summer 2017

The cover of BOMB 140

Featuring interviews with John Giorno, Lidia Yuknavitch, Iman Issa, Eric Baudelaire, Ieva Misevičiūtė, Daniel Borzutzky, and more. Get your copy today.

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen

by Michael Wilson

A modestly sized but nonetheless ambitious blend of catalog, monograph, and artist's project, the book accompanies a touring exhibition of the same name which opened at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, in March 2016.

Iman Issa

by Andrew Weiner

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

Eric Baudelaire

by Benoît Rossel

Inspired by Japanese “landscape theory,” a Parisian artist-filmmaker explains why he prefers to show us the world as his subjects see it.

John Giorno, Poet

by Rebecca Waldron Chris Kraus

John Giorno's influence as a cultural impresario, philanthropist, activist, hero, and éminence grise stretches so widely and across so many generations that one can almost forget that he is primarily a poet.

My name is Donus Pane et Vinum.
I was born in 1250 in Barletta, Apulia.
My older brother Gualtarius Pane et Vinum
is the ancient great-grandfather of poet John Giorno
through his grandmother Maria Panevino, his father's
     mother.
I was a monk in retreat for many years,
and now a priest for forty years in the Basilica di
     Santa Maria Maggiore.

Ed Atkins

by Terence Trouillot

Like his older compatriot Mark Leckey, Atkins deftly utilizes syncopated montages of sounds and filmic images to create disturbing and disorienting virtual realities.

Indefinite pleasure

in the circulation of coin,

cauterized bliss ends in perpetual wound:

All the realm is yours.

Christos Chrissopoulos's The Parthenon Bomber

by Saul Anton

Partly inspired by the Greek surrealist Yorgos Makris's 1944 manifesto, "Let's Blow Up the Acropolis!," Christos Chrissopoulos's novella, The Parthenon Bomber, sets out to imagine just what might lead a young man to write himself into history by blowing up an ur-symbol of Western civilization.

Laura Poitras's Risk

by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold

Over the course of six years, filmmaker Laura Poitras had unparalleled access to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his closest confidantes. What she captured became Risk, the follow-up to her Oscar-winning Edward Snowden exposé, Citizenfour (2014).

Anne Garréta's Not One Day

by Youmna Chlala

If the experimental French writing group Oulipo were to be reborn today, would they return as performance artists? Anne Garréta's 2002 Prix Médicis–winning novel, Not One Day, marks her as a literary acrobat suspended between those who hold on to the group's relevance and those who have let it go in favor of conceptual art practices.

Three Poetry Comics

by Bianca Stone

Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist. She runs the Ruth Stone Foundation in Goshen, Vermont, and her new book, The Möbius Strip Club of Grief, is forthcoming from Tin House Books.

Pradeep Dalal

by Nancy Davenport

The encounter between two different types of records and two different experiences—the diagram and the snapshot—is everywhere visible in and crucial to Dalal's work.

Albert Serra's The Death of Louis XIV

by Clinton Krute

From deep within Louis XIV's billowing gray afro—more a cloud than a sun—the once lively eyes of Jean-Pierre Léaud gaze out vacantly. Over the course of Serra's simultaneously tedious and fascinating film, Léaud's Sun King drifts and snoozes through his remaining days in a state of almost catatonic nonchalance, occasionally stopping to doff his hat or eat a fig to the great applause of courtiers.

Portfolio

by Sam Contis

Contis explores the construction of myth, place, and masculine identity in the enduring imagery of the American West.

BOMB 140
Summer 2017
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