Bomb (magazine)

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Spring 2009 cover
Editors Betsy Sussler, Mónica de la Torre, Sabine Russ
Categories Literary magazine
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 14,000
First issue Spring 1981
Company New Arts Publications, Inc.
Country USA
Based in New York City
Language English
ISSN 0743-3204
Bomb senior editor Monica de la Torre, contributor John Reed and editor-in-chief Betsy Sussler

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 is an "Americas" issue focusing on a specific region of North America, Central America, or South America. Spring, summer and fall issues are not themed. Bomb is published by New Art Publications, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.[1]


Bomb was launched in 1981[2] 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.[3]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Archive at Columbia University[edit]

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.[5]

Oral History Project[edit]

Bomb's Oral History Project documents the lives of New York City's African-American Artists. Participants include Edward_Clark_(artist), Kara Walker & Larry Walker, Wangechi Mutu, Gerald Jackson, Adger Cowans, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Melvin Edwards, Terry Adkins, and Stanley Whitney. [6]

See also[edit]


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

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