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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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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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Friends of Basil King and Mirage: Basil King

Kim Lyons has organized a small group of poets as “Friends of Basil King” to do something to focus some attention on King’s extraordinary output of visual art. They in turn have gathered some 20 others willing to serve as advisors.

An event – Their plan is an event, “Basil’s Arc – The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King,” which will present readings, original music, panel discussions, and possibly papers on King’s art, along with a film, designed to show the paintings.  SAVE the date!  September 22, 2012.  New York City.  Venue TBD.

A film – Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte have been commissioned to create the film. They came up with the idea of using the text of King’s book  Mirage: a poem in 22 sections as the spine, or narrative thread, for a film whose images will almost exclusively be his paintings and graphics, throughout.

The source – Mirage is King’s most explicitly autobiographical work but the selected selections will bracket some big themes in his work rather than trying to present a life story.   As it’s developing, the film will probably cover three of them:

Cards, both structurally and iconographically – This is a graphic, colored pencil on paper, from “Wild Cards.”

Brooklyn and domestic life. Here’s a large painting from Basil’s “My Brooklyn” series:

Bird - My Brooklyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

War and its aftermath — This is a work on paper from his “Looking for the Green Man” series.

 

 

 

 

We are currently struggling to organize works to be filmed in as efficient a way as possible so this can be accomplished in just two days later this month.  Anyone who has visited Basil King’s studio on the third and fourth floors of our narrow house in Brooklyn will appreciate how this involves dancing on the head of a pin.

We’ve also dug though old scrap books for photos and documents to find appropriate accompaniments.  To much merriment!  And some real wrenches.I’ll report more on this as it develops.

partial view of studio...