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Issue #149 Fiction Contest Winner: Sanssouci by Alexandra Gauss

Winner of BOMB’s 2019 Fiction Contest, selected by Renee Gladman.

Contingent Encounter: Sreshta Rit Premnath Interviewed by Sohrab Mohebbi

Reminding us the artwork does not exist in a void.

Fellowships and Residencies Fall 2019

Our quarterly roundup of fellowships, residencies, and prizes accepting applications.

Remembering John Giorno
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In memory of poet and contributor John Giorno we revisit this poignant conversation with Marcus Boon.

“People think that when a poem works, it’s because of the lines of a great poet—Baudelaire, T. S. Eliot, Whitman, or whoever—but it’s not so. The lines, when they magically work, are the reflection of your mind. It’s almost like the poet is making a mirror that nobody can see.” John Giorno

Running off to Join the Circus: Wayne Koestenbaum Interviewed by Ruby Brunton
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The writer on the tradition of notebook writers, archiving his own work, and enjoying a ragged, damaged, nervous narration.

An Unavoidable Gaze: Amy Sherald: “the heart of the matter…” Reviewed by Re’al Christian
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Portraits that capture the everyday.

Improvisation and Ideology: Nat Randall, Anna Breckon, and Alia Shawkat Interviewed by Rachel Stone
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The artist, director, and actress discuss their endurance performance, The Second Woman, and its exploration of gender performativity.

BOMB 146, Winter 2019

Our winter issue is dedicated to this planet’s greatest resource: water. With contributions from Saskatchewan and the American Southwest to Iceland and Northern Europe, an array of voices are brought together here—artists and writers investigating water as site, sustenance, and symbol, along with those expressing alarm and calling for intervention.


Featuring interviews with Lauren Bon, Oscar Tuazon, Jaque Fragua, Brad Kahlhamer, Ruth Cuthand, Janaina Tschäpe, Jessica Grindstaff, Tomoko Sauvage, Cecilia Vicuña, and Alicia Kopf, as well as writing by Laura van den Berg, Natalie Diaz, Stefan Helmreich, and more.

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BOMB 147, Spring 2019

Featuring interviews with Young Joon Kwak, Kazuo Hara, Bill Jenkins, Ligia Lewis, William Basinski, Titus Kaphar, José Roberto Cea, and Barry Lopez.

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BOMB 148, Summer 2019

Featuring interviews with Mary Weatherford, Nanfu Wang, Lee Quiñones, Venkatachalam Saravanan, Tyshawn Sorey, Ben Whishaw, Édouard Louis, Geovani Martins, Prageeta Sharma, and James Thomas Stevens.

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BOMB 149, Fall 2019

Featuring interviews with Korakrit Arunanondchai, Antoine Catala and Dan Graham, Atelier Bow-Wow, American Artist, Jeff Bliumis, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Rion Amilcar Scott, and Carmen Giménez Smith.

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Shirin Neshat by Arthur C. Danto Kurt Hollander by Naief Yehya Fae Myenne Ng by Angel Velasco Shaw David Kapp by Georgia Marsh New Myths: Jonathan Monaghan Interviewed by Sean Capone First Look: Joana Preiss by David Schwartz Augustus Thompson by Antonia Marsh Eric Fischl by A.M. Homes Alasdair Roberts by Clinton Krute Michael Hofmann by Keenan McCracken Tatiana Bilbao by Terence Gower Lauri Stallings by Andrew Alexander Edgar Arceneaux, Charles Gaines & Rick Lowe David Levi Strauss by Hakim Bey Peter Snowdon by Pamela Cohn Valerie Snobeck by Joe Fyfe Studio Visit: Nate Lowman by Osman Can Yerebakan New Bums by Ben Chasny & Donovan Quinn George Lewis by Jeff Parker Ghédalia Tazartès by Lawrence Kumpf

Oral History Project

The Oral History Project is dedicated to collecting, developing, and preserving the stories of distinguished visual artists of the African Diaspora.

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe by Kalia Brooks
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“We have to tell the truth in the image.”

Eldzier Cortor by Terry Carbone
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“I’m fighting between control and letting nature take its course.”

Gerald Jackson by Stanley Whitney
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“It turns out making art was the best idea [for me]. My mother’s idea was good because it got me started. She said, ‘Look, you are skinny; you are little. You can’t hang out with your daddy and them big guys.’”

Peter Bradley by Steve Cannon, Quincy Troupe & Cannon Hersey
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“I don’t want to mention names, but there are several black artists that would like to shoot me today because they weren’t in that show. Some of them are dead, but the ones that aren’t dead still give me a lot of bullshit every time I see them.”