BOMB Magazine Spring 2009
|First issue||Spring 1981|
|Company||New Arts Publications, Inc.|
|Based in||New York City|
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, the Bomb issues section features new fiction and poems, several 500-word "Artist on Artist" essays, and a reviews section.
Each winter issue (on newsstands mid-December to mid-March) is an "Americas" issue focusing on a specific region of North America (south of the U.S.), Central America, or South America. Spring, summer and fall issues are not themed.
Bomb magazine was launched in 1981 by a group of New York City-based artists, editor-in-chief Betsy Sussler among them, who sought to record and promote public conversations between artists without mediation by critics or journalists. One night, Sussler said, "Wouldn't it be great if we started a magazine where we talked about the artwork the way we talk about it among ourselves?"
Shortly after its founding, Bomb formed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, New Art Publications, Inc., which publishes the journal.
Up to June 2007, Bomb has published 100 issues and over 800 conversations between artists.
Bomb has undergone significant editorial and design changes since 1981, but peer-to-peer interviews have always been a major focus.
Archive at Columbia University
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.