BOMB 85 Fall 2003

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Sol LeWitt by Saul Ostrow

Sol LeWitt bridged the gap between Minimalism and Conceptualism, foregrounding the disparity between the world of language and that of objects and actions.

Vera Lutter by Peter Wollen
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According to most accounts, the camera obscura was developed in Europe during the 13th- and 14th-centuries, although versions of the device may have been used even earlier in China and the Arab world. 

Rikki Ducornet by Laura Mullen
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I met with Rikki Ducornet at her lovely home in Denver on a darkening afternoon in early June. Outside the windows the day went purple, trees gently thrashed and agitated doves flew off.

Edward St. Aubyn by Patrick McGrath & Maria Aitken
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Jon Robin Baitz by Stephen Gaghan
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Robbie Baitz is a little bit of a communist in the way that Tolstoy was a little bit of a communist. He is fascinated by the backside of power and, I believe, could be as precise and loquacious in ripping Napoleon a new one as Count Leo ever was. 

Gina Gershon by Stewart Wallace
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Gina Gershon first came to my attention suspended upside down on a rope wearing glitter and a black wig. 

El-P by Matthew Shipp
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As a jazz musician always looking for cutting-edge, exciting, and thoughtful collaborators to expand my concept of music with, I was instantly struck by rapper and producer El-P, aka Jaime Meline, when I met him last year.

Suzanne Farrell by Emily Fragos
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The purest paradigm of the Balanchine dancer, Suzanne Farrell relished performing boldly and off-balance, and the great choreographer created or reworked one masterpiece after another for her…

First Proof

Incognito with My Brother by Karen Shepard

I count the number of times he’s left me. I categorize them in a journal. “Accidental” means couldn’t be helped. “Voluntary” means the ones I hold him responsible for. 

The Fatalist by Lyn Hejinian
Coda by Romulus Linney
A Latin from Manhattan by Edgardo Vega Yunqué

The torture of the pregnancy was unceasing and Elsa’s visits to the maternity clinic interminably long. On the days that Elsa didn’t skip school she acted unconcerned. 

Two Poems by María Negroni
Excellence by Quentin Rowan
Two Poems by Todd Grimson
Two Poems by Edward Bartók-Baratta
Four Poems by Miranda Field

That they were transient, contingent, and intended to suffer / my captives knew.

Artists On Artists

Mark Dion by Nell McClister

Artists on Artists: Nell McClister, former BOMB Magazine Senior Editor, reviews Mark Dion’s 12-year restrospective which was held in 2003 at the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut.

David Humphrey by Elliott Green
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David Humphrey creates ecosystems that advertise themselves as something you have seen before. Their profound weirdness creeps up on you: his pictures become stranger and more original with time.

Tran Luong by Joe Fyfe
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Joe Fyfe on how Tran Luong’s political past in Vietnam inspires healing in his performances and installations.

Wave Music by Clifford Ross
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Photographer Clifford Ross writes about his Wave Music project—the methods and equipment he uses as well as the philosophical underpinnings driving his work.

Mark Lombardi by Devon Golden
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Mark Lombari’s drawings are beautiful. It’s worth noting at the outset, because you will forget it as soon as you get close to one.

Editor's Choice

Shen Wei Dance Arts by Guy Gallo

As of this writing, only a handful of New Yorkers have entered the delightfully mesmeric world of Shen Wei Dance Arts. As of your reading, the company will have premiered Rites of Spring and Folding at the Lincoln Center Festival.

Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, New Museum of Contemporary Art by Snigdha Koirala
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Fela Kuti, composer, musician, dissident, candidate for Nigerian presidency, and the father of Afro-beat, has been compared to Bob Marley and Bob Dylan for his musical innovation and political voice.

Sherif el-Azma’s Pilot for a Soap Opera about an Egyptian Air Hostess by Lawrence Chua
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In Pilot for a Soap Opera about an Egyptian Air Hostess, Sherif el-Azma conjures the quiet tension of an object about to fall. 

Daniel Pinchbeck’s Breaking Open the Head by Aric Mayer

A few years ago, Daniel Pinchbeck, a self-described Manhattan intellectual and atheist, found himself in spiritual crisis: psychically isolated, a fish in a bucket of water, constrained by a Freudian worldview and longing for the ocean of the collective unconscious. 

Mark Essig’s Edison and the Electric Chair: A Story of Light and Death by Caleb Smith

“I sing the body electric”—this was Walt Whitman’s Romantic wish, for music to turn us on and shock us in our skin.

Kenneth Goldsmith’s Days by Lucy Raven

Neatly bound in blue, Kenneth Goldsmith’s third book, Day, comprises every letter, number and symbol printed in the September 1, 2000 edition of the New York Times, laboriously retyped by the author to a length of 836 pages. 

The Triplets of Belleville by Nell McClister
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There are about ten words spoken in Sylvain Chomet’s first feature-length animated film, including the drawn-out, lilting sounds that the characters occasionally make, as if communicating were an act of hopefully humming almost-words while gesturing with hands and head and pointedly rolling one’s eyes.

Martirio’s Mucho corazón by Ned Sublette
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Something is—and has been, for a long time—happening in Spain, something largely unheard by English speakers, that brings together the nuevo flamenco movement with the music of the grand Iberian diaspora. 

So by Andy Gensler
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It would be easy to believe the ethereal electronic lullabies on So’s lovely self-titled debut album originated aboard a starship on the farthest reaches of the astral plane rather than on a PowerBook at a 21-year-old Japanese woman’s parents’ house in Mito, Japan. 

Robert Wilson’s The Temptation of St. Anthony by Howard Fishman
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For his latest adaptation, a treatment of Flaubert’s 1874 novel about virtue and sin, Robert Wilson teamed up with Bernice Johnson Reagon, a teacher, scholar, activist, and Smithsonian curator emeritus as well as founder and co-director of Sweet Honey in the Rock, the long-standing African-American female a cappella group.