BOMB 91 Spring 2005

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Julie Mehretu by Lawrence Chua

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. 

Bruce Mau  by Kathryn Simon
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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.

Brad Cloepfil by Stuart Horodner
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The Practice + Theory series is sponsored in part by the Frances Dittmer Family Foundation.

Constant by Linda Boersma
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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 by Lawrence Scott
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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.

Kiyoshi Kurosawa by Jim O’Rourke

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.

Roscoe Mitchell by Anthony Coleman
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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.

Pearl Abraham by Aryeh Lev Stollman
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In The Seventh Beggar, Pearl Abraham has created a novel about the nature of storytelling beginning with Genesis. She takes us into a world that ranges from golems to robotics, mystical systems to artificial intelligence.

First Proof

Lou in the Moonlight by Trinie Dalton

I have pleasant dreams in my moon garden. Serenity is key. When I’m sitting on that stone bench beneath the morning glories, nothing stresses me out. My dog’s red fur glows like heated copper in the moonlight

In Love Blood Shall Follow

My crime was performed in the usual human register—hot blood and implements.

Lake Hollywood by Jacob Forman

Kaitlin pulled up in her Mercedes coupe wearing a gold velour stretch suit. She handed her keys to the valet. 

Opening Her Text by Kimiko Hahn

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.

A Chinese Folktale by Mei Chin

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.

Three Poems by Alexander Theroux

When Norma walked on screen, a warmth
died out of the sunshine.

Three Poems by Joy Katz
Three Poems by Sidney Wade
Contranatura by Sergio Valero
Octavio Paz Sees the Name Born by Hernán Bravo Varela
Artists On Artists

Whitfield Lovell by Tom Otterness

Sculptor Tom Otterness meditates on Whitfield Lovell’s wood-grain drawings.

Danica Phelps by Christine Hill
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Christine Hill on how the frustrations, nuances, and random occurrences of everyday life figure into the drawings of Danica Phelps.

Adam McEwen by Angus Cook
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The exploration of one concept—the dailyness of our lives—in terms of four distinct, and interrelated, others: artifice, authority, mortality, and the order of things. 

Editor's Choice

Phillip Lopate and Vincent Katz’s Rudy Burckhardt by Rackstraw Downes

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.

Lucrecia Martel’s The Holy Girl by Carlos A. Gutiérrez
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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.

Kate Simon’s Rebel Music: Bob Marley & Roots Reggae, Photographs by Betsy Sussler
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Rebel Music has the intimacy of a family album and the urgency of legend, for this rebel had a cause.

Aesop Rock’s Fast Cars, Danger, Fire, and Knives: The Living Human Curiosity Sideshow by Nick Stillman
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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.”

Lydia Cabrera’s Afro-Cuban Tales by Jaime Manrique

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.”

Steve Erickson’s Our Ecstatic Days by Robert Polito
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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. 

Hardy Blechman & Alex Newman’s DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material by Jon Caramanica
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Camouflage was first nature, then it was strategy. 

Minna Proctor’s Do You Hear What I Hear? Religious Calling, The Priesthood and My Father by Victoria Ludwin

Minna Proctor’s exquisite first book combines personal narrative with philosophical and historical inquiries into the nature of spiritual calling.

World Psychedelic Classics 3—Love’s A Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa by Peter Margasak
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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. 

Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie by Elliott Sharp
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“This record is not for the fainthearted.”