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NEWS: Basil King exhibition SOON

Basil King: Between Painting and Writing — September 2 to December 24 in Asheville, NC

Curated by Vincent Katz and Brian Butler, at the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center, Asheville, NC.

This show will include paintings using images from playing cards, texts of King’s poetry, his covers for poetry books and journals, along with a large selection of his works on paper. He’ll give a poetry reading and there will be a screening of the Nicole Peyrafitte & Miles Joris-Peyrafitte film, “Basil King: MIRAGE” on September 1.  King will do a ‘walk-through’ talk on his work at the opening on September 2.

On Sunday, September 4, Martha and Basil will share their experiences reading and editing each other’s work.  Workshop will include brief readings, critiques, and audience discussion of process.

For more information: info@blackmountaincollege.org

From the Queens: Queen of Hearts/The Academic.  Mixed media on canvas, 2010
From the Queens: Queen of Hearts/The Academic.
Basil King, mixed media on canvas, 2010

 

 

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Yuko Otomo and Eddie Berrigan

A wonderful reading was held last week at the Dominque Levy Gallery during the exhibition of Chung Sang-Hwa, but the art just below, “Dream of the New Year” is not his.

Hanging Scroll, ink on paper, by Hakuin, Edo Period, found on page 31 of a catalog of the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection, Morikami Museum, DeRay Beach, Florida
Hanging Scroll, ink on paper, by Hakuin, Edo Period, found on page 31 of a catalog of the Mary and Jackson Burke Collection, Morikami Museum, DeRay Beach, Florida

Afterwards BASIL wrote this to YUKO

You and Eddie gave a wonderful reading. It was like listening to two different languages. Eddie spoke in his native tongue and he takes in the exterior that confronts him with acute insight.

At the beginning of this week I went to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. The woman who cleaned my teeth was English and she was very efficient. Half way through the cleaning she said, “You have a very strong tongue.”

Poets have to have strong tongues so that we can fortify the vernacular.

And at the end of the cleaning I thanked her and said that wasn’t too bad. Her response was “It’s a lot better than a slap in the face with a wet fish. Bet you haven’t heard that in a long time.”

My mother used to say that. How did she know? Was it my body language? What did I say that gave her the clues that I had been born in England?

YUKO — Martha asked me why I didn’t clap when you finished reading. It wasn’t that I wasn’t moved by what you read. It was exactly the opposite. Even though you read in English I heard maybe for the first time you speak in your “native tongue.” It’s by chance that last week Martha found on the street JAPANESE ART/Personal Selections from The Mary and Jackson Burke Collection. One of the illustrations in the book is “Dream of the New Year” by Hakum (1685-1768) and I kept seeing Hakum’s meditation as you were reading and I asked myself not clap but sit and do nothing.

 

Yuko was invited to write a poem for Chung Sang-Hwa’s art, which she read and which is published in the catalog. He lives and works in South Korea, has been widely shown in Asia, especially in Korea and Japan, and is now 84.  This is his first solo exhibition in the U.S.

"Untitled" - oil on canvas, 28 3/8 inches x 25 5/8 inches, C Chung Sang-Hwa.

  • Untitled, 1982, oil/canvas, 28 2/8 inches by 25 5/8 inches, ©Chung Sang-Hwa -From the Dominique Levy Gallery website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS: Exhibitions of Basil King art in 2016 –17

Exhibitions of Basil King art in 2016 – 17

 Opening September 2, 2016: Basil King: Between Painting and Writing curated by Vincent Katz and Brian Butler, at the Black Mountain College Museum &Arts Center, Asheville, NC.   Open until December 31, 2016.

Queen of Hearts - Highway Obstacle, one of the "Cards" series to be shown in Asheville
Queen of Hearts – Highway Obstacle, one of the “Cards” series to be shown in Asheville

This show, will also include texts of King’s poetry and some of his covers for poetry books and journals, along with paintings using images from playing cards.

For more information: info@blackmountaincollege.org

 

Opening October 28, 2016: Basil King’s Birds curated by Tom Patterson, at St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC. Open until November 19, 2016.

This show, focusing on King’s bird images, is part of a semester-long Black Mountain College Festival, with many exciting artists in residence for short visits.

For information and schedules: Ted Wojtasik – wojtasik@sa.edu or Whit Griffin –    kudzuking@yahoo.com

These two North Carolina events overlap for the duration of the St.Andrews show. Laurinburg and Asheville are 230 miles apart, a drive of about four hours.

 

Opening February 25, 2017: Art of Basil King

John Molloy Gallery, 49 East 78th Street, 2nd floor, New York.

This will be the first solo New York exhibition of Basil King’s work since his historic exhibition of “Green Man” paintings at Poets House in 2010.

 

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News: Martha’s memoir in A Public Space magazine

Fifty pages of my memoir Outside Inside — expertly excerpted and condensed by Brigid Hughes — is featured in issue 22 of A Public Space. With many photographs.  Issue 22 –print or digital— or an annual subscription — can be ordered here: http://apublicspace.org/magazine

While I posted announcements on Facebook in October and had a marvelous send-off at the November 2015 Prose Pros reading series at Side Walk – aided by friends Vincent Katz, Mitch Highfill, Kimberly Lyons and Burt Kimmelman, who read excerpts from my work and their own autobiographical prose – I  never posted the story on this blog.

So, once again, I have the pleasure of putting up the photograph taken by Lynn St. John back when I was 22.  Here it is as the spread in the magazine:

Spread in A Public Space, with my article and Lynn St. John's photo.
Spread in A Public Space, with my article and Lynn St. John’s photo.

While the whole manuscript (all 300-plus pages of it) awaits a publisher, check out this issue. Not only for my stories, some sad and some glorious, with Basil King, Paul Blackburn, Dan Rice, Frank O’Hara, Lucia Berlin, G.R. Swenson, Robert Duncan, Jim Rosenquist and others, but also for the entire issue which has many special pleasures and rewards. I’m very happy to be in it.

 

 

 

 

 

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The YEAR 2015

Just got (unrequested) a look back at 2015 from Facebook, hitting not much of much interest. Thus am prodded to do my own.

February – Baz reads at the Dia Foundation with the wonderfully multi-talented multi-named Pam Dick (Mina, Gregoire, et al) in celebration of the 2014 publication of his The Spoken Word/The Painted Hand. Marsh Hawk Press.  Available at SPD and elsewhere. (Probably even ABE’s for the pennysavers.)

 Basil King’s … mashups of art, culture, and lived experience, both minute and momentous challenge the reader out of conventional notions of art history, by a continuous attention to detail. . . .” — Kevin Killian

April – At the AWP meeting in Minneapolis. Martha speaks in a panel discussion, organized by Martha, about the influence of Black Mountain today, with C.S. Giscombe, Burt Kimmelman, Lee Ann Brown, and Vincent Katz. Later a terrific reading by Baz and C.S. Giscome and a larger group reading also including Sam Truit, Kim Lyons, Burt Kimmelman, and more, at James and Mary Laurie Booksellers

AprilIn conjunction with AWP, “Basil King: MIRAGE” a film by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte is screened at the Walker Art Center.

May – Baz is 80 years old.

June – New York premier of selections from George Quasha’s monumental Poetry Is project at Anthology Film Archives includes Quasha’s interview with Baz.

June– Martha returns to poetry with work in Bone Bouquet, 6.1. Still available:  http://www.bonebouquet.org/issue-6-1/   So too is Bone Bouquet 6.2 just out this fall. One way to reassure oneself that the era of adventurous magazine publishing is far from over is to check out this magazine.

November – Martha’s memoir Outside Inside – that is 50 pages of it, expertly excerpted and condensed by Brigid Hughes, is featured in issue 22 of A Public Space magazine.With photos of the long ago that seem fresh.  Issue 22 –print or digital—can be ordered here: http://apublicspace.org/magazine

December  short podcasts of Baz reading the following poems – and one personal recollection of TV in the early 1950s. Go here! https://soundcloud.com/joseph-terranella/sets/basil-king-2015

Basil’s Lifeboat   (1 minute 23 seconds)

Inside Delacroix’s Garden (2 minutes 14 seconds)

The Butterfly and the Rat (2 minutes 32 seconds)

Looking for the Green Man (3 minutes 53 seconds)

Highway Obstacle (4 minutes 11 seconds)

Channeling 3 – (4 minutes 18 seconds)

The Americans – The Immigrants   (6 minutes, 48 seconds)

Grey – complete (14 minutes 27 seconds)

Working in TV – from an interview (2 minutes 46 seconds)

AND MUCH TO COME IN 2016, including BASIL KING ART at the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, Asheville, N.C., opening SEPTEMBER 2.

Bone Bouquet, Spring 2015
Bone Bouquet, Spring 2015
Martha King reading . Photo by Sarah Kaplan.
Martha King reading in Minneapolis . Photo by Sarah Kaplan.
Baz reading at the Dia Foundation9
Baz reading at the Dia Foundation. Photo by Garth Davidson.
At the Walker Museum, April 2015
At the Walker Museum, April 2015
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Green Man Mystery SOLVED

My esteemed China-scholar sister Charlotte Furth solved the question I asked last year.  Who is this wildman, who currently lives in an empty fireplace in our bedroom?  We know how he got into our possession – a purchase by our grandparents, when Asian artifacts were routinely pried from their places of origin in ways that -thankfully- horrify us today.

Here he sits in the bricked up fireplace of our bedroom in Brooklyn. I give him a bit of gin now and then.  I’ve no idea what is in the hand he holds to his chest…
Here he sits in the bricked up fireplace of our bedroom in Brooklyn. I give him a bit of gin now and then. I’ve no idea what is in the hand he holds to his chest…

Charlotte said he is a god of agriculture, Shennong,  and then referred to one of her  colleagues, Susan Naquin at Princeton. Who replied:

You are right. This is Shennong 神農. First agriculturalist, culture hero, associated with medicine, known in pre-Han texts. Absolutely Chinese. I’m less clear about the history of the iconography, and most of the stuff I turned up on medicine on the web is very recent and unrestrainedly imaginative. Be careful.
The statue in question is of a type familiar to me from the late Ming or early Qing, north China, I would call this one relatively unusual and nice, but to most art historians this kind of regional ceramic showing a popular god is not a high-status or high-value item.
This “leaf” outfit is common for Shen-nong as a god…I have seen many similar objects showing instead the god Zhen-wu 真武, or Guan-yin 觀 probably Shanxi province. In the auction-market world, this format (god, seated enclosed in a kind of grotto) and these materials (琉璃瓦 lead-glazed ceramic, in turquoise, cream, aubergine)(alternate palate: green, cream, yellow) are well known.  Some were indeed “architectural” and used on the outsides of pagodas, but I believe yours was intended as a free-standing altar with figure. Halos are common in this format. I presume it is perhaps one foot high? [*YES]
A proper study of the iconography needs doing. What is he holding? At some point Shen-nong holds a yin- yang symbol, perhaps here.
音. Let me see if I can find some comparables, but my best examples are on my othercomputer. The printed-book British Museum catalogue of their ceramics edited by Jessica Harrison-Hall might be your best scholarly reference: J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics – A Catalogue of the late Yuan and Ming Ceramics in the British Museum (London, British Museum Press, 2001), esp. chapter 13, 18, 19. Though there is  nothing exactly the same.

Withal, he’s just fine in our fireplace.  A friend made a small bowl for his periodic tot of gin — and there he presides.  Thank you, Charlotte and Susan.

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Moving and Standing Still

We are still at the same address, same website (www.basilking.net), same Flickr site for Basil King art.  But a move is a move, whether cross-country or just from upstairs to downstairs. We have moved within our house, up to down, to top half, to bottom half, to all, and now back to half.  Six different configurations since 1969…  But (no surprise) it took most of a year to pack, sort, sell, give away, and throw out…all the familiar wrenching drill of moving.

Now, we’re out of the top two floors, which have been converted into a nice apartment. No more stair-climbing. Plus improved income. Because while we we sat still, Park Slope became a pricey and desirable neighborhood. So desirable that we want to live here ourselves despite alluring offers from developers.

Now I’m writing downstairs at the dining room table.  Baz is writing in the living room where his desk fitted nicely. We have a few hideaways when we need more space for domestic life.  In fact much of the house is mostly unchanged…except for Baz’s studio. That was the big rub.

Baz and Martha in the new studio space
Baz and Martha in the new studio space

He’s now working in the front of what’s called in brownstones the parlor floor…   Very narrow and about one-third of the size he was used to. Higher ceilings, yes. Skylight, no. But it works. For now.

And since this April he’s been birding…18 are complete, as of today, September l6. All on paper, most in mixed media.   See one of them below. Do please visit the Flickr album called Bird Scripts.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/67642740@N08/albums/72157655813955188

Meanwhile all summer I’ve been working with Brigid Hughes, the editor of A Public Space magazine  (http://apublicspace.org/) on a very large condensed selection from my memoir, Outside Inside. It will be the feature of the fall issue.

I’m certain to trumpet this news more and again–in October when the print copies are in my hand and again in November. The November 5th Prose Pros reading will be a celebration of the issue, with brief readings from all the devoted Friends of Basil King: Mitch Highfill, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Kimberly Lyons, and me.

A party after the move -- it all looks the same downstairs.
A party after the move — it all looks the same downstairs.
"Bird Script #17" - mixed media on Strathmore paper, Basil King, 2015
“Bird Script #17” – mixed media on Stonehenge paper, Basil King, 2015
Martha King Poetry Readings

Martha reading at Berl’s Poetry Shop

Martha at Berl’s Poetry Shop, July 17, 7 PM

 To celebrate publication of Bone Bouquet –Spring 2015, Krystal Languell and the other editors invite all to a reading from the newest issue Berl’s on Front Street in Brooklyn, down under the Manhattan Bridge. [F train stop at York Street.]  Please note correct date: Friday, July 17.

Bone Bouquet, Spring 2015
Bone Bouquet, Spring 2015

I’ll be there reading a section from my “South Jersey Pastorale.”

Also on hand, Chia-Lun Chang, Aimee Herman, and others.

All writers in this issue are listed at  http://www.bonebouquet.org/

For more about Berl’s     www.berlspoetry.com