BOMB Celebrates its 26th Year by Betsy Sussler

BOMB 100 Summer 2007
100 Summer 2007

Discover MFA Programs in Art and Writing

New York City. 1981. Night.

A few artists, writers, and actors are sitting around a kitchen table. And I say, “Let’s start a magazine, one where artists are able to speak about their work the way in which we speak about it amongst ourselves.” And everyone says, “Great idea, let’s do it.” A simple idea of legendary momentum: 26 years later, more than 700 visual artists, writers, musicians, directors, architects, and actors have taken that idea and run with it. Their voices comprise an ongoing conversation—published in the pages of BOMB—that has changed the nature of cultural discourse.

Revelations happen in conversations. They make art more transparent, not only to the reader, but to the artists themselves. That’s what we do: reveal the intellectual heart of the matter.

In BOMB, artists, the primary sources of the creative process, are the authors of their own tales; that’s what BOMB brings to the fore. A simple idea of complex proportions because it has changed the way in which contemporary culture is understood. The pendulum has swung from the days the critic held sway. Today universities, museums, and art institutions across America include the artist’s voice as integral to their programming. And when the pendulum swings again, BOMB will remain an artists’ and writers’ spokespiece. That is BOMB’s mandate, its commitment to the artists.

YOU CAN HELP! Become a BOMB patron. BOMB Magazine, aka New Art Publications is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Our first 25 years of archives are now housed at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Division Library. Your contribution helps continue to build a living record by those who make the arts.

—Betsy Sussler

Originally published in

BOMB 100, Summer 2007

Featuring interviews with Chuck Close, Kara Walker, Mamma Andersson, Howard Norman, Peter Nadas, Bela Tarr, Benedict Mason, and Kate Valk.

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100 Summer 2007