Tag Archives: Nicole Peyrafitte

ART Basil King Martha King Movies Poetry

Students at UNNCArts comment on “Basil King: MIRAGE”

 

Julian Semilian

 

Filmmaker and poet Julian Semilian screened the film for his students in experimental film at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem). (The school’s ‘movie street’ is seen above.) He sent these comments:

I can see why Nicole insisted on blu ray. It looked spectacular. It also made a huge difference seeing it on a large screen.

This is the first time that my students were THAT talkative after a movie. One of the comments was that this was a film made by an artist about an artist. They emphasized this more than once.

We had looked at films about other artists (Motherwell, Rothko, Bourgeois, Eggleson, Robert Frank) but never before did they feel that involved. The main thing…they liked was that the filmmaker stayed out of the way of the subject….They loved the construction, blending the art with Baz’s reading of his auto-biographical poem, so that we get to know the fusion and mirroring of Baz and art. And they really appreciated seeing the art so large. At the end…I spoke to them about Black Mountain (only one student knew a little about it), some of the other principal characters, and about Frank O’Hara. Next week I am going to read them some O’Hara poems. All in all, a splendid evening. I felt happy and proud to make a connection between the generations.

 

 

 

ART Basil King Movies

Beverly Film Festival features “Basil King: MIRAGE”

The screening is this Friday, November 9, at 8:00pm, in the first festival showing of Nicole and Miles’ wonderful documentary. For folks near Beverly, Massachusetts, check out the details here:

http://www.beverlyfilmfest.com/

The film has been entered in a number of other festivals over the coming months.  More news about the film here:   http://basilkingmirage.net/news.html

And for an overview of the event at Anthology Film Archives on September 22 check out the blog page above.

 

 

ART Basil King Exhibitions Martha King Movies Poetry Prose Readings

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

 

ART Basil King Critique Movies Poetry

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!

 

ART Basil King Martha King Movies Readings Writing

“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
ART Basil King Martha King Movies Poetry Prose

“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

 

 

ART Basil King Exhibitions Martha King Poetry

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...