BOMB 99, Spring 2007

The cover of BOMB 99

John Turturro, Lore Segal, Sarah Ruhl by Paula Vogel, Robert Polidori, Cristina García by Chris Abani, Bill Jensen, Reinhold Friedl, and Mary Jordan.

Bill Jensen

by John Yau

Heir to the American visionary tradition, Bill Jensen’s art evolves through an intuitive process grounded in the act of painting. Poet John Yau tracks a lifetime.

Robert Polidori

by Michèle Gerber Klein

Mnemonics are the underlying force in Robert Polidori’s sumptuous photographs. With writer Michèle Gerber Klein, on Versailles, abandoned farms in North Dakota, and more.

Camille Rose Garcia

by Ryan Nole

An artists on artists text on Painter Camille Rose Garcia by Ryan Nole, accompanied by four paintings by Camille Rose Garcia, the first titled Antarctic Suburban Outpost.

Doug Ashford

by Steve Kurtz

An artists on artists text on Painter Doug Ashford by Steve Kurtz, accompanied by several paintings by Doug Ashford, the first titled War Is Over.

Mary Jordan

by Nayland Blake

Mary Jordan’s documentary on the legendary Jack Smith (Flaming Creatures) fueled the same debates Smith faced in his lifetime—on authenticity, ownership, and purity of vision. With artist Nayland Blake.

Ellen Berkenblit

by Amy Sillman

Amy Sillman on the delirious tension between knowing and not-knowing in the paintings of Ellen Birkenblit, whose new work is on view at Anton Kern Gallery through March 30.

This First Proof contains the poems “Restoration of the Delphic Sibyl,” “Limbo for the Miscarry,” and “Beatitude 2” by 2006 Poetry Prize winner Amanda Auchter.

Who Cares

by Alexander Seth Cameron

Artist and activist Doug Ashford’s dinner-time conversations—collected in Creative Time’s recent book Who Cares—demonstrate the movement of artistic inspiration from the general to the specific, or so it seems.

Portfolio

by Gerald Slota

This First Proof contains details of gelatin prints from the series Found, with a reflection on the artist by Betsy Sussler.

Positions Series

by Cary Levine

The fifth book in the Positions series compiles the writings of installation artist Liam Gillick, who highlights interdisciplinary artwork and the “art debates” of the 1980s.

Thomas Rayfiel's Parallel Play

by Stephen Burt

Two books titled Parallel Play were recently released by different publishers to the complete surprise of both authors. Each author has agreed to review the other’s book—in another sort of parallel play—for BOMB.

Stephen Burt's Parallel Play

by Thomas Rayfiel

Two books titled Parallel Play were recently released by different publishers to the complete surprise of both authors. Each author has agreed to review the other’s book—in another sort of parallel play—for BOMB.

Roberto Ransom's A Tale of Two Lions

by Carmen Boullosa

Borrowing from and riffing on Latin America’s—and particularly Borges’s—affinity for tigers, Roberto Ransom tells three cat stories, of wild lions, domesticated housecats, and tigers that might be stuffed, or might be real.

Cristina García

by Chris Abani

Cristina García, one of the most important Cuban American voices in literature, has a new novel, A Handbook to Luck. Chris Abani queries García on fate and free will.

Lore Segal

by Han Ong

Lore Segal’s Shakespeare’s Kitchen, explores personal and historical events with startling insight. Playwright and novelist Han Ong reminisces with the author, a 2008 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.

Reinhold Friedl

by Elliott Sharp

Best known in America for his controversial album with Lou Reed, Metal Machine Music, pianist, composer, and Zeitkratzer leader Reinhold Friedl speaks with collaborator Elliott Sharp.

Sarah Ruhl

by Paula Vogel

Sarah Ruhl won a MacArthur for The Clean House, which had just closed at Lincoln Center in New York when this issue went to press. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel sets the stage.

John Turturro

by June Stein

Master actor John Turturro spoke with compatriot June Stein about the art of directing during previews of Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play.

BOMB 99
Spring 2007
The cover of BOMB 99