“Light Abstracts…Aesthetics of Basil King” is one year old

A year ago today:  NEW from Talisman House

Light Abstracts the Smallest Things: The Aesthetics of Basil King Edited by Burt Kimmelman

Essays on Basil King’s art and poetry by Vyt Bakitis, Laurie Duggan, Joshua Gardner, Mitch Highfill, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Mallory King, Martha King, Andrew Levy, Kimberly Lyons, George Quasha, Barry Schwabsky, Roy Skodnick, and Daniel Staniforth, with an introductory poem by Harry Lewis

  • Paperback, large format (8.5 x 11)
  • ISBN: 978-1-58498-142-8
  • $18.00

2020 was for many of us the year that wasn’t, so here to celebrate publication one year ago are some cogent comments. The book is available now from SPDbooks, Amazon, or through your favorite bookstore.

YUKO OTOMO WRITES:

I love it… the title opened my heart in such a way… love the cover art of “The Green Man” too… his “look” helps me to adjust my focus in life… Especially now in this unusual time, this book will give me a very special spirit & energy I need the most. What an amazing collection of writings by so many I know… I almost cried reading King’s opening piece, “Oh Black Mountain.”

KIMBERLY LYONS WRITES:

Light Abstracts the Smallest Things: The Aesthetics of Basil King arrived in the mail the other day. Gosh, it’s a handsome, nicely sized and wonderfully readable monograph, fronted by an intense portrait from King’s series of paintings, The Green Man Comes to 4th Street….

I found this compelling thought from Levy’s essay, “TALKING PAUSE”: “Susan Sontag wrote that in Walter Benjamin’s “One-Way Street,” memory, the staging of the past, turns the flow of events into tableaux–it’s a project, something to be built. The present is nothing other than the unlived element in everything that is lived. Space is fit to a reader’s experience not to try to recover one’s past, but to understand it, to condense it into its spatial forms, its premonitory structures.”  Basil King’s work feels like a wet seed wild in the hot, blind earth.

 

 

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