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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Printing & Publishing, Visual Arts

Mission: BOMB's mission has remained intact since 1981: To promote understanding and appreciation of the arts through interviews between peers, and to contextualize those interviews through the presentation of original fiction, poetry, and art. BOMB's interviews are primary documents of American cultural history: conversation about the arts, by the people who make the arts. These interviews between artists, writers, musicians, actors and directors have engendered dynamic exchanges between hundreds of voices in the contemporary world of arts and letters. Focusing on ideas rather than personalities, BOMB interviews delve into discussions of process and aesthetics, allowing for the emergence of complex and varied positions on art-making and life.

Geographic areas served: State, National and International

Programs: Quarterly magazine and website devoted to cotemporary art, fiction, poetry, theater and film producing complex discussions on art and life. These discussions take the form of in-depth interviews between artists in the print publication, online-as text or streaming video- and as a repository of archival interviews

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5


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Bomb was born in my house on Cedar St. by Betsy. Excellence of Bomb's being is its open mind, body, spirit and daily adventure.

Bravo Bomb

Tina Girouard, artist

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bomb is genuinely one of a kind. The magazine has its finger on the pulse of contemporary visual arts and literature, and the cultural conversation at large. The art world it enlivens is a gathering of relevance, vibrancy, and intelligence. Each year, Bomb devotes unparalleled energies in "The Americas Issue" to the arts and writing of Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America and its various diasporas.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BOMB Magazine has played a crucial role in my life as a writer since I first contributed to its pages for the 4th. issue in 1982 up to the most recent occasion, Spring 2010 for No. 111. I take great pride in this and am infinitely grateful to Betsy Sussler for her dedication and tireless support of me and others over the years. The fact that BOMB is still going and going so well is due to her as much as to its contributors. I can think of very few independent magazines of such quality that have endured for three decades. That BOMB has not only managed this extraordinary feat but grown exponentially through all the vicissitudes of modern existence is sufficient testimony of course. That it is both unique and inimitable makes BOMB truly a GREAT non-profit.

Carlos B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been architecture editor since 1995? and I believe it is the only publication of its kind . A direct link in discourse from artist to artist, of course including architects,musicians,playwrights,poets filmakers,etc.

barbarabrowning

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BOMB Magazine excerpted a section of my forthcoming novel, and subsequently asked me to read at a promotional event. Becoming involved with the magazine and getting to know the brilliant and forward-thinking editors and other contributors was really wonderful. The exposure for my work was of course much appreciated, but even more so, I benefited from the contact with other writers and artists who were thinking hard about experimentation, engagement, and where we want the arts to be going.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the past 30 years BOMB has managed to deliver the work and thinking of an extremely diverse group of artists and writers in a consistently high quality publication. The magazine reflects a humanist aesthetic of the highest order.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bomb has been a central part of my life as an artist for over two decades. Bomb is invaluable in terms of discovering what other artists and writers are thinking , how they work, and what motivates them. -

Bomb makes room for substantive discussions of aesthetics and politics that rarely make the mainstream art magazines.

As an US born artist living in Oaxaca, Mexico, I would say Bomb has been instrumental during the last decade in presenting the work of many Mexican artists to wider audiences in the US without simplification. This is a huge achievement.

Jeremy G.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've been a contributor and contributing editor for a long time, perhaps almost from the beginning. I knew the editor and publisher, Betsy, before she started Bomb and knew it would be a hit as soon as she started it. Because Betsy had a good grasp of what wasn't quite there in the New York cultural world and also of where that world might be going. At a time when Artforum and the other art mags were becoming increasingly anti-theoretical Betsy let one write as one felt best, as she still does, while at the same time always being up for one's explorations into fields one hadn't investigated before--for example the essays on fashion I published in Bomb in the eighties. Bomb has become a journal no one doesn't read, there is always something short in there that gets to something one might well have otherwise missed, and something longer which is essential reading.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bomb Magazine is an intelligent and prescient journal in the tradition of great literary and art journals of the past. Bomb avoid the sensational and trendy tone of so many current art and literature publications and instead offers a broad yet in depth glimpse into how and what artists and writers are thinking about....... The quality of appearance and readability of layout has improved vastly over the years.... It's magazine that real artists and writers actually read.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bomb magazine sought out my contribution for articles in my field, and also asked my input for projects about artists and trends that were important to me. their format encouraged my participation, and has fostered an artist-artist dialogue, both on the micro and the community level, more than any other publication i know of.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

bomb is much more than the typical "art" mag ...... you know, review, review, article, another article, review, and all sandwiched between a ream of ads
it peer to peer but also includes a much broader audience .....
the writing is insightful and goes into depth without getting bogged down in that art-press-release hooey.
you should pick up a copy ........ it's really good

Paulineo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bomb is a great voice for the Artist Community. The magazine is unique in that serves all disciplines.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bomb Magazine is the coolest, most informed, publication in its field. I cannot live without it. It represents both the poised, humanist tradition of American culture at its best and the energy of the exploring mind. Bomb does not waste time following fashion or trying to be hip. It is substantially fresh and deep, always. Lucio Pozzi, artist.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known BOMB for many years, first when I worked there as an intern. I was impressed at that time by the care with which the editors selected authors and then worked with them to assure their texts reached the highest possible level of literary excellence. Later, I had my poems published in BOMB, which I consider to be a highly significant recognition within the literary community. Through the years, I have always followed BOMB as a great indicator of ideas and art that are currently important, in New York and beyond.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been reading BOMB for over twenty years, and have felt honored to write for the magazine. It is an EXTREMELY important cultural force, the most useful and valuable publication in which one can hear the authentic voices of artists talking to artists. BOMB should be supported in every possible way.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BOMB is a national treasure. Its coverage of art, literature, and music is unlike the coverage available elsewhere because it's largely the work of artists, writers, poets, and musicians. The interviews that make up the bulk of its content have already been archived and will become an invaluable record for historians and scholars in years to come. It is a catalogue of everything important that has happened in the arts since its inception in 1981.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an Italian writer living between the US and Italy. I work both as a screen and as a fiction writer. My films have been screened internationally including at the Venice Film Festival. Fiction is my passion and I have been reading Bomb for years. They have done a great job at bridging the imaginative and creative geographical and cultural gaps within me. They are more than an art magazine and more than a literary journal. Their voice and role in contemporary culture has been fundamental to artists, writers, and musicians because they are a voice, a conversation, a symbol of what the creatives of today feel and think. They represent a boundless approach to culture. In a world where it is so important to "define" ourselves as artists, Bomb gave me the opportunity to write and publish fiction without having to classify and restrict myself to a genre. Publishing my stories in their First Proof section was a liberating experience. It was like being in an imaginary room with like-minded artists and feeling like I was part of something that is bigger than any kind of academic definition.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While I have never regularly worked with BOMB magazine, I have over the course of probably 15 years or so, have felt that it was a place I could turn to for a variety of things that I have written or felt needed to be published. I have always found them to be responsive and receptive and helpful in many ways. I have benefited tremendously from the work they do and feel that it is a very important and foundational print institution, when so many print venues are under duress. I believe BOMB should be supported in any way possible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff of BOMB had reached out to me and asked me to contribute with written reviews on several occasions. This was for me a great opportunity and also a great professional "pat-on-the-back." I appreciated the act of support very much.

Two years ago I was also asked to contribute artwork for a benefit. This was no ordinary request as I was asked to produce works specifically for the function. It was a lot of work and what I created was original and new. BOMB magazine's staff rewarded me greatly by using this work in the magazine and creating posters and really responding with tremendous support.

BOMB magazine is a great institution and the staff is a tremendously enthusiastic and hardworking group of believers!

DAVID KRAMER

barbarabrowning

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BOMB Magazine excerpted a section of my forthcoming novel, and subsequently asked me to read at a promotional event. Becoming involved with the magazine and getting to know the brilliant and forward-thinking editors and other contributors was really wonderful. The exposure for my work was of course much appreciated, but even more so, I benefited from the contact with other writers and artists who were thinking hard about experimentation, engagement, and where we want the arts to be going.