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UPDATE on Basil’s Arc

Please note a few key program changes: the film begins promptly at 5:15.

The reading of King’s writings at 3:20 will feature Joe Elliot, Joyce Johnson, Hettie Jones, Martha King, Mitch Highfill and Michael Mann.

The basic plan is unchanged: “Basil’s Arc – The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King” at Anthology Film Archives on September 22, 2012, starts at noon and ends at 6pm.

The focus is the visual art of Basil King and includes conversations (illustrated with slides), original music inspired by King’s images and texts, and culminates with the debut screening of Basil King: Mirage, a film created by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, commissioned by the Friends of Basil King.

PROGRAM

12:00 noon   – Doors open.  Coffee.  Book table for examination or sale.

12:20  KIMBERLY LYONS:  Welcome remarks.

BURT KIMMELMAN: On the Friends of Basil King and why the Friends made this event.

12:40  DANIEL STANIFORTH:  “The Green Man,”  a music video.  Staniforth’s original music and images from King’s The Green Man paintings.

1:00   “Origins and Sources”

ANDREW LEVY, MC, with EDNA AUGUSTA, HARRY LEWIS, and TOM PATTERSON: Tom Patterson on why Basil is not an “outsider” artist but a “hidden insider artist.”  Harry Lewis on two paintings done when King was in high school and how they relate to King’s mature art. Edna Augusta, archivist, on her experience of discovering King’s art.  Open for audience questions and comments.

2:15    “The Poetics of Basil King’s Art”

VINCENT KATZ, MC, with TOM FINK, PAOLO JAVIER, and BARRY SCHWABSKY:  A wide ranging, conversational dialogue that tackles themes including hybridity, embodiment of image, poetic and visual line and color, spatiality and surface, and engagement with precursors in King’s work.  Open for audience questions and comments.

3:20     “Selected texts by Basil King”

MITCH HIGHFILL, curator, with invited readers, and a performance of  “I have a little song” with original music by NICOLE PEYRAFITTE and text from King’s Mirage.

4:00  “Place and Placelessness in Basil King’s Art”

KIMBERLY LYONS, MC, with WILLIAM BENTON, LAURIE DUGGAN, and GEORGE QUASHA: Taking off from King’s points of arrival, arriving at unknown ground, and figuring the where his paintings bring us to. With reference to the American and the European, geographic and minute, local/personal and art historical. Open for audience questions and comments.

5:10  NICOLE PEYRAFITTE and MILES JORIS-PEYRAFITTE, filmmakers: Brief remarks about the making of the film, shot in Basil King’s studio January, 2012.

Premiere of the 22-minute film, Basil King: MIRAGE

5:45  KIMBERLY LYONS:  Brief concluding remarks. All are invited to the B Bar and Grill, East 4th Street at Bowery, after the program. Cash bar.

Basil and Martha King in the studio

 

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September 22: Basil King at Anthology Film Archives

The Friends of Basil King will present “Basil’s Arc – The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King” at Anthology Film Archives,  32 Second Avenue at Second Street, New York City, on Saturday, September 22, 2012, from 12 noon to 6 pm.

Sponsored by Lunar Chandelier Press — this free event includes conversations about King’s visual art illustrated by slides, with critics and poets including Edna Augusta, William Benton, Laurie Duggan, Tom Fink, Mitch Highfill, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Harry Lewis, Kimberly Lyons, Tom Patterson, George Quasha, Corinne Robbins, Barry Schwabsky, Lilly Wei, and others….

Along with these discussions there will be performances of original music inspired by King images (“The Green Man”  by Daniel Staniforth) and King text (“I Have a Little Song” from Mirage, by Nicole Peyrafitte).

"Two Kings--Green" - from the King of Diamonds series, mm/canvas, 44" x 60", 2011, ©Basil King.

Brief selections from King’s texts will be read by invited poets.

The highlight of the event will be the debut screening of a 22-minute film portrait, Basil King: MIRAGE, commissioned by The Friends of Basil King, and created by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.

Save the date! You are invited!

 

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“After the Movie”

art by Basil King - March, 2012
“After the Movie, for Nicole and Miles” - mm/canvas, 48” x 34” - © Basil King, 2012

The movie making upended us both more than we expected.  Like moving studio or household to a new place…many old corners get excavated.  It’s supposed to be cleansing – a chance to toss out detritus – and it is until suddenly it’s, “I did WHAT?”   Or worse: “Why didn’t I finish this?  Follow that?  Give a good answer?” Why didn’t I save….”

I had gone through boxes and books of old photos, looked for lost documents, written to people about lost works.  Finding too many unanswered questions. Baz –six years after publication—was asked to read all of Mirage aloud so excerpts can be on hand as voiceovers for the film.  He hadn’t remembered how autobiographical it is.  Reliving through reimagination.  Art is?  Mirage is.  Mirage: a poem in 22 sections.

In addition my contributions to the job of persuading friends and collectors to contribute funds for the completion of the film –an ongoing effort, by the way–

Please scroll down for the trailer and the DONATE button!

–we both came to a dead stop in our own work.   Mine is still in recovery, as I’m sorting for another different way to enter. Baz has bounced back. See above.  AND:

 

graphic, Basil King, March 2012
“The House that was a Card” – mm/paper, 40” x 26” - © Basil King, 2012
art, Basil King, March 2012
“Mr & Mrs/Mrs & Mr Heart” –mm/canvas, diptych, left side, 48” x 34” - © Basil King, 2012

 

art - Basil King, March 2012
Mr & Mrs/Mrs & Mr Heart, diptych, right side, 48" x 34", c Basil King, 2012
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What is “The Friends of Basil King”?

Poet Kimberly Lyons initiated this idea—and the whole is now a project of Kim’s small press, Lunar Chandelier.  Here’s the official announcement:

Lunar Chandelier Press is proud to present Basil’s Arc on September 22, 2012, in New York City – A consideration of the paintings and poetics of the painter/poet Basil King, now in his 77th year. 

The event will include the premiere of a film by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, “Basil King: MIRAGE,” commissioned by The Friends of Basil King, performances of music inspired by King’s visual art, and discussions and presentations on the sources and implications of his aesthetics. 

[To see the trailer of the film –and to give a donation (any amount will help)– please scroll to the earlier blog entry on “Basil King: MIRAGE.” ]

Before I was approached, Kim had invited Vincent Katz and Mitch Highfill.  I suggested adding Burt Kimmelman.  And I joined in as a highly interested member.Vincent urged us not to create a huge committee because it would soon become way too hard to get anything decided.  So we stopped here.

But we wanted to have input from the poetry community – and the following poets accepted invitations to be advisors.  They are:

Vyt Bakaitis

Lee Ann Brown

CA Conrad

John High

Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

David Kirschenbaum

Mark Lamoureux

Eileen Myles

Elinor Nauen

Tom Patterson

Nicole Peyrafitte

George Quasha

Kyle Schlesinger

George Stanley

Eileen Tabios

Lewis Warsh

Jeffrey C. Wright

Anne Waldman

Karen Yager

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“Basil King: Mirage” – a film

The Friends of Basil King are launching a fundraising drive to complete this film and present “Basil’s Arc” The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King” September 22, 2012  in New York City. Here’s the one-minute trailer:

TO DONATE BY CREDIT CARD OR PAY PAL ACCOUNT click:




(Lunar Chandelier, Kim Lyon’s small press,  is hosting the online donations.)
If you prefer to SEND A CHECK, make it out to Kimberly Lyons, with “Basil’s Arc” on the memo line. Mail to Kim c/o V. Bakaitis, 323 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Many thanks!  The Friends of Basil King – Mitch Highfill, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Kimberly Lyons