BOMB 32 Summer 1990

032 Summer 1990
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Angélica Gorodischer by Marguerite Feitlowitz
Angélica Gorodischer. Photo by Noberto Puzzolo.

“Life here is surreal” writes science fiction author Angélica Gorodischer in a letter to Marguerite Feitlowitz. Here she discusses the writing life in a time and place where independent thinkers face the risk of anything from torture to death.

Jeanne Silverthorne by Saul Ostrow

Jeanne Silverthorne is a New York based sculptress who works re-contextualizing primitive and iconic works of art to challenge dominant ideology. See her work at Shoshana Wayne Gallery through 1/9.

Griselda Gambaro by Marguerite Feitlowitz
Griselda Gambaro. Photo by Enrique Cervera.

Griselda Gambaro talks to Marguerite Feitlowitz about the pressures of writing under an oppressive government regime in Argentina.

Mark Leyner by Ameena Meer
Mark Leyner. All photographs © 1990 by Bastienne Schmidt.

Mark Leyner’s prose is steeped in American pop culture and Burroughsesque descriptions of the grosser aspects of human behavior. Amanda Meer warns against reading them at the dinner table.

Deb Margolin by Lynne Tillman
Deb Margolin. Photographs © 1990 by Dona McAdams.

From ridiculous phone messages, to vacuums that are ex-lovers, to waitresses who withhold food from customers, Deb Margolin’s plays are absurdly funny.

Richard Nelson by Craig Gholson
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Richard Nelson has adapted Lolita into a 90-minute monologue for the National Theater in London.

Alain Kirili by Saul Ostrow
Alain Kirili. Photo © 1990 Peter Bellamy.

The joy of flesh, femininity, and pleasure flow from the hands of Alain Kirili into his abstract sculptures creating a suggestive and tactile experience for the audience.

Blue Man Group by Stanley Moss

Blue Man Group, three individuals making one collective whole, delves into their sociopolitical reasoning for using Cap’n Crunch cereal as a musical instrument.

Barbet Schroeder by Bette Gordon
Barbet Schroeder. Photo by Nan Goldin © 1990.

Upon the release of Reversal of Fortune, Barbet Schroeder’s film about Claus and Sonny Von Bulow, he speaks to Bette Gordon about the many meanings and incarnations of evil, and the “dramatic possibilities” of fiction.

Ed Lachman by Lynn Geller
Ed Lachman on the set of Route 66.

Ed Lachman continues to work as a cinematographer with some of our era’s most visionary directors. His perceptive eye and earnest voice are a welcome departure from an industry overshadowed by greed and consumerism.

Percy Adlon by Lance Loud
Percy Adlon. Photo by Hermann Schulz ©1990.

At the hands of Filmmaker Percy Adlon, ordinary events are transformed into colorful cinematic adventures. With the help of actress and muse, Marianne Saegbrecht, his story Rosalie Goes Shopping is brought to life on the silver screen.

Volker Schlondorff by Claudia Steinberg
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Volker Schlondorff has made a name for himself adapting the works of literary giants like Proust, Grass, and Atwood. He speaks with Claudia Steinberg on the eve of German Reunification.

First Proof
An Important Man by Angélica Gorodischer

I can’t say that my beginnings were easy, no, no way. Perhaps that’s why I believe anything gained without great sacrifice lacks, how shall I say, true stability, solidity, worth, that’s it, worth.

Information for Foreigners: A Chronicle in 20 Scenes by Griselda Gambaro

GUIDE: Ladies and gentlemen: Admission is ____________________________, for adults. If you’ve already paid, you can’t repent. 

Tuna by Alan Planz

An eddy the size of Cuba breaks off the Gulf Stream
and bellies up the continental shelf
bringing to New York Bight a storm
of Caribbean warmth and a woman over the radio

An Evening in Paris by Ameena Meer

Hoof beats clacked across the driveway. Horns honked. “The horse! The horse!” someone shrieked. “Oh, he’s so beautiful!” Jimmy recognized the voice of one of his girl-cousins.

Atlantis by Liza Béar

I have long ceased trying to iron out the contradictions of my existence, I just live them.

Rio Bang Bang by Matias Viegener

Juan Perón had two wives. First was Evita, who lived like a queen and died like a dog, and then there was Isabel.

Four Poems by Robin Becker

I love the blue goat with her intelligent
and patient head, her one ear for listening
to the sound of the pail and the milker.

Remember and Forget by Ed Ruscha
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Five standing lacquered wood panels in relief, Remember and Forget by Ed Ruscha. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

La Combe II by Ellsworth Kelly
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Oil painting on nine wood panels, La Combe II by Ellsworth Kelly. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

Erica Lennard by April Gornik & Erica Lennard
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Their legs are offered to the viewer in a vase of shadow and stone. One kicks like a stem tilts. They are clearly angels’ legs, celestial dancers, moving on an axis of stilled time. So does Venus, emerging from cloth like a snake in a basket, her own snake and her own apple. Stiff dead Egyptians can be sexy, sensuous like a fossil with a heartbeat. The most overtly sexy female in her Empire recliner is more removed. Her chaise, like a vitrine, shows her off but it offers her less.

The landscapes are where the blackness lives in the photographs. The blackness has its own inner density, printed with absoluteness like a mezzotint. How can we get to the light when the darkness and weight are so inviting? The mossy fountain burgeons with life, a vanitas. The waterfall fountain is a thing unto itself like the Venus, its own dais and its own axis, turning almost imperceptibly. It spills to renew itself.

—April Gornik

Paravent by Francesco Clemente
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Watercolor painting on a four paneled folding screen, Paravent by Francesco Clemente. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

Gateway 8/12 by Helen Frankenthaler
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Three panel folding screen of bronze and prints, Gateway 8/12 by Helen Frankenthaler. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

Tabriz by Jack Youngerman
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Enamel on a folding screen of two aluminum panels, Tabriz by Jack Youngerman. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

To The Island by Jennifer Bartlett
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Enamel painting on a folding screen of seven mahongany panels, To The Island by Jennifer Bartlett. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

Landscape Screen (Sky, Sun, Grass, Snow, Rainbow) by Jim Dine
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Five paneled folding screen, Landscape Screen (Sky, Sun, Grass, Snow, Rainbow). This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

Surprise Valley by Jim Jacobs
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Lacquer painting on a screen of five board panels, Surprise Valley by Jim Jacobs.

Screen by Lucas Samaras
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Six panels of painted wood with holes cut in, Screen by Lucas Samaras. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

The Days of the Year by Edward Albee & Roberto Juarez
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Portfolio of Roberto Juarez’s work assembled and introduced by Edward Albee.

Screen with Brushstrokes by Roy Lichtenstein
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Five paneled screen, lacquered wood in relief with silver leaf, Screen with Brushstrokes by Roy Lichtenstein. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.

The Folding Screen by Ursula Helman

Section titled “The Folding Screen,” curated by Ursula Helman featuring folding screen works by Ed Ruscha, Lucas Samaras, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jennifer Bartlett among others.

Angel Estrada by Isabel Toledo
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Isabel Toledo on designer Angel Estrada, including a photo shoot of the designers work by Susan Shacter.

Lola Ehrlich by Kimberly Carter
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Kimberly Carter on hat designer Lola Ehrlich.

Untitled Drawing by Allan McCollum
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Artwork by Allan McCollum, 1988–90, pencil, 14 × 9½ inches. 

Caribbean Tea Time by David Hockney
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Lithograph, screen print, collage and stencil piece on a folding, five panel screen of a table set for tea, Caribbean Tea Time by David Hockney. This piece appears in the portfolio The Folding Screen, curated by Ursula Helman.