BOMB 91 Spring 2005
At the heart of Julie Mehretu’s paintings is a question about the ways in which we construct and live in the world. Perhaps that is what makes the work so radical: its willingness to unravel the conventionally given answers about the violent environment we inhabit today.
The president and creative director of his own design firm and the force behind a range of interdisciplinary projects and partnerships, Bruce Mau speaks with Kathryn Simon about drift, vision, and his unique studio environment.
The Practice + Theory series is sponsored in part by the Frances Dittmer Family Foundation.
Before becoming known as the conceptual architect of the New Babylon, a utopian plan for the city of the future, Constant Nieuwenhuys had made his name as one of the most important painters of the CoBrA avant-garde movement.
Robert Antoni’s first novel, Divina Trace, stunned the literary world winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel. Antoni continues to explore the voluptuous and volatile Caribbean and the legacy of its New World bloodlines.
Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has made nearly 30 films, all of which have been seen by musician and producer Jim O’Rourke. Lesser known in the US than in Japan, his films are mesmerizing, visually stunning narratives with international relevance.
Legendary composer-improviser and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell is best known for his work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago over the past several decades, where he continues to make breakthrough innovations and influence musicians around the world.
My crime was performed in the usual human register—hot blood and implements.
Kaitlin pulled up in her Mercedes coupe wearing a gold velour stretch suit. She handed her keys to the valet.
I nestle with my daughter in her bed in the room painted pink nearly a dozen years ago; half the pink now covered with magazine clippings of this or that star, male and female. Her reading light spots a book in my hands.
It is definitely his least favorite season. Summer means bugs and bugs suck. Will is a hard-bodied, hard-bellied type of guy with blood vessels running up and down like wires. He doesn’t consider himself a squeamish person, per se, but he hates bugs.
When Norma walked on screen, a warmth
died out of the sunshine.
Christine Hill on how the frustrations, nuances, and random occurrences of everyday life figure into the drawings of Danica Phelps.
This is a handsome book about the self-taught filmmaker and photographer Rudy Burckhardt, who was also a painter and a writer and, from the 1930s to the 1990s, the well-known photo-chronicler of New York artists and their studios.
Set for release in the US this April, The Holy Girl (La Niña Santa) is Lucrecia Martel’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to her debut feature film La Ciénaga (The Swamp, 2001), which immediately established the director as one of the most important voices of new Argentine cinema.
Rebel Music has the intimacy of a family album and the urgency of legend, for this rebel had a cause.
The handsome, CD-size book of lyrics accompanying Aesop Rock’s new EP Fast Cars, Danger, Fire, and Knives is titled The Living Human Curiosity Sideshow, an apt caption for a rapper whose 1999 debut album Float became an underground classic so instantly that by his next album he would rap, “Dwarfed by the lights, bewildered by the fan base, bound by an idea but skeptical of the handshakes.”
The stories the Cuban writer and ethnographer Lydia Cabrera collected in the legendary Afro-Cuban Tales take place “back in the days when animals could speak, when they were all good friends and when men and animals got along fine.”
From “Song of Myself” and Moby Dick to Gravity’s Rainbow and “The Changing Light at Sandover,” scale haunts American literature—the universe (of course), but also the grain of sand.
Camouflage was first nature, then it was strategy.
Minna Proctor’s exquisite first book combines personal narrative with philosophical and historical inquiries into the nature of spiritual calling.
The superb, carefully calibrated compilations released on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label have effectively introduced vital international traditions to hungry new audiences; many artists from Brazil, Peru, Cuba, and Lusophone Africa have experienced mini-booms after getting the Luaka Bop treatment.