BOMB 148 Summer 2019

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Walks to the Paradise Garden by J.W. McCormack

In a 1988 interview for the LA Times, self-taught artist Reverend Howard Finster explained his creative predicament …

Bauhaus Journal 1926–1931 by John Gendall
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The Bauhaus tends to be presented through the lens of its creative and intellectual diaspora.

T.J. Demos’s Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology by Nich Hance McElroy
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In a leafy courtyard at Cairo University, the philosopher Graham Harman explains that politics is just another object among a level field of objects …

Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader by Ammiel Alcalay
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Long neglected poet Stephen Jonas created a complex web of self-mythologized identities to escape any form of categorization …

Chavisa Woods’s 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
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Chavisa Woods tells a linear but fragmented personal story of growing up and coming of age in a misogynist culture

Angela Schanelec’s I Was at Home, But… by Anthony Hawley
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Much silence fills the exquisite visual tableaus in German filmmaker Angela Schanelec’s I Was at Home, But…

Nyege Nyege Tapes by Simon Gabriel
Sounds Of Sisso

The first time I heard something on Nyege Nyege Tapes was on computer speakers. For once, the promotional blurb wasn’t hyperbolic …

Interviews

Mary Weatherford by Hamza Walker

The blues, sports, lessons from Dave Van Ronk, and the legacy of “triumphal American painting” are among the stimuli for Weatherford’s large-scale abstract works.

Nanfu Wang by Hao Wu
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The two Chinese-born filmmakers reflect on Wang’s new documentary One Child Nation and her unique approach to blending the personal and political.

Issue #148: Lee Quiñones by Luc Sante
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Painter Lee Quiñones grew up on the Lower East Side and began his career tagging subway cars. His latest paintings are cut from his studio walls.

Venkatachalam Saravanan by Amit Dutta

An international chess master and a filmmaker play a match while discussing the art of the game and its history in India.

Tyshawn Sorey by Claire Chase
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The composer and percussionist’s Autoschediasms language invites collaborative composition between a conductor and musicians by employing a lexicon of gestures and textual cues.

Ben Whishaw and Édouard Louis
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The actor stars opposite an opera diva in Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, Anne Carson’s verse play that reflects on the histories of two iconic women millennia apart.

Geovani Martins Issue #148 by Julia Sanches
Sun On My Head

Grounded in the rhythms and vernacular of Brazil’s periferias, the writer’s debut story collection, The Sun on My Head, centers on the lives of young men growing up in Rio’s favela communities.

Prageeta Sharma and James Thomas Stevens
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On a visit to the New Mexico Museum of Art, two poets grapple with questions of performed authenticity and settler poetics, while analyzing depictions of the American West.

First Proof

Portfolio by ​Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Alejandro Almanza Pereda lives and works between the United States and Mexico. Known for precariously balanced large-scale sculptures that put common objects into unlikely configurations, he exhibits internationally and has had solo shows at the San Francisco Art Institute; Rubin Center, El Paso; El Eco Experimental Museum, Mexico City; College of Wooster Art Museum, Ohio; and Art in General, New York.

Counterpoint and Apocrypha by Raphael Rubinstein

Her concerts, broadcast the first Thursday of each month at 9:30 PM Cairo time, brought life to a stop throughout the Arab world.

Harlem Is Hijaz Is Havana Is Harar, Or: The Whole Point of the Black Arts Movement Is That They Were Moving by Momtaza Mehri

Poets really think they’re doing the most with the least …

From Harbart by Nabarun Bhattacharya

“Let him sleep. He’ll be alright if he sleeps.”

Bosun by Paul Yoon

During his twelve years in New York City, Bosun, who went by Bo, got into some bad business with an import-export company in Queens. It turned out the company was dealing in stolen goods, and Bo, who drove a truck for them, was eventually caught one winter on the bridge between Manhattan and New Jersey.

Two Stories by Diane Williams

Did she have a deep cut?

From Scorpionic Sun by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

I disrupt the concupiscence of tube worms / where your snowy owl eye consults among white crusts / the venom of my gymnodactyl eye / which bribes the slag of trilobites

As Donna by Divya Victor

This is a story of? / a woman lying on her? / a back?—aback—with her? / a face hidden and a?

dunjaluče by Ian Dreiblatt

I hope you got some cool mountain air tonight / glamping with you is better even than sharing a coke

An Hourglass Experiences Ego Death by Kyung Me & Harry Gould Harvey IV
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A collaboratively drawn comic.

Living Matter by Claire Atherton
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I never made a decision to become a film editor—or, in any case, I didn’t decide upon it at a young age and follow a single career path.

Nearly Any Two Things Can Cohere by Asiya Wadud

The condition of most of our lives is that of continuous flight, in some manner or form—flight from faulty logic, from place of birth to the place we alight, from situations that no longer serve us, from political precarity—flight, as in rupture.

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