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Bomb is a quarterly magazine edited by artists and writers. It is composed, primarily, of interviews between creative people working in a variety of disciplines — visual art, literature, music, film, theater and architecture. In addition to interviews, Bomb issues feature new fiction and poetry, several 500-word "Artist on Artist" essays, and a reviews section. Bomb is published by New Art Publications, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.[1]

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BOMB Magazine 30th Anniversary Cover
Summer 2011 cover
EditorsBetsy Sussler, Andrew Bourne, Sabine Russ
CategoriesLiterary magazine
First issueSpring 1981
CompanyNew Arts Publications, Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City


Jeffrey Eugenides interview by Jonathan Safran Foer for issue #81

Bomb was launched in 1981[2][3] by a group of New York City-based artists, including Betsy Sussler, Sarah Charlesworth, Glenn O'Brien, Michael McClard, and Liza Bear, who sought to record and promote public conversations between artists without mediation by critics or journalists.[4]

First BOMB Magazine cover, 1981.

The name Bomb is a reference to both Wyndham Lewis's Blast and the fact that the magazine's original editors expected the publication to "bomb" after one or two issues.[4] Shortly after its founding, Bomb formed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, New Art Publications, Inc., which publishes the journal.

In 2005, the Bomb offices moved from the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, New York, to Fort Greene, Brooklyn.[citation needed] By June 2007, Bomb had published 100 issues.[5]

Notable ContributorsEdit

Archive at Columbia UniversityEdit

In 2004, Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired Bomb's archives, including 24 years' worth of audio recordings, raw and edited interview transcripts, manuscripts, galleys and assorted ephemera.[6]

Oral History ProjectEdit

Since 2014, BOMB's Oral History Project has staged one-on-one interviews with New York City-based visual artists of the African Dispora, conducted by curators, scholars, and cultural producers.

The Oral History Project is dedicated to collecting, developing, and preserving the stories of distinguished visual artists of the African Diaspora. The Oral History Project has organized interviews including: Wangechi Mutu by Deborah Willis, Kara Walker & Larry Walker, Edward Clark by Jack Whitten, Adger Cowans by Carrie Mae Weems, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe by Kalia Brooks, Melvin Edwards by Michael Brenson, Terry Adkins by Calvin Reid, Stanley Whitney by Alteronce Gumby, Gerald Jackson by Stanley Whitney, Eldzier Cortor by Terry Carbone, Peter Bradley by Steve Cannon, Quincy Troupe & Cannon Hersey, James Little by LeRonn P. Brooks, William T. Williams by Mona Hadler, Maren Hassinger by Lowery Stokes Sims, Linda Goode Bryant by Rujeko Hockley, Janet Olivia Henry and Sana Musasama by Stephanie E. Goodalle. [7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ New Art Publications, Inc.
  2. ^ "Literary Magazines". Story Teller Art. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Top 50 Literary Magazine". EWR. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  4. ^ a b McClister, Nell. "BOMB Magazine: Celebrating 25 Years", BOMB, Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Taylor, Kate (June 21, 2007). "Artists Talking Art, for 25 Years". New York Sun. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  6. ^ "Rare Book and Manuscript Library Acquires BOMB Magazine Archives". Columbia University. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  7. ^ Oral History Project. "The Oral History Project", BOMB, Retrieved 5 June 2015.

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