August 9, 2012

Basil's Arc in NYC, 9/22

"Basil's Arc – The Paintings and Poetics of Basil King" will be presented at Anthology Film Archives (Maya Deren Theatre) on September 22, 2012 from noon to 6pm.
A celebration of the visual art of Basil King, now in his 77th year, the program includes conversations on King's  art (illustrated with slides) by noted critics and poets, original music inspired by his images and his texts and will culminate in the debut screening of Basil King: Mirage, a film portrait created by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, commissioned by the Friends of Basil King.
What does it mean when a small group of poets join together to create such an event?  While a growing circle of readers recognize and cherish King's inventive literary output, exhibitions of his visual art have been confined to "literary" venues—Poets House, the Poetry Project, the Bowery Poetry Club, the old Gotham Bookmart.
The Friends – Mitch Highfill, Vincent Katz, Burt Kimmelman, Martha King, and Kimberly Lyons—are determined to introduce his visual art to a wider audience.
King's syncretic aesthetics have been shaped by his early childhood in WWII London, friendship with poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, Abstract Expressionist painters and poets in New York, and mentors and friends at Black Mountain College, including Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and John Wieners. His past 40 years have been spent in studios in Brooklyn where King continues to live, paint, and write poetry. His most recent writing, complementing his prodigious output of paintings, is the book, Learning to Draw/A History (Skylight Press, 2012) and chapbooks from Cy Gist and fewer & further Press.  He has also continued his history of providing art for small press poetry publications by friends and colleagues.
Participants in the program at Anthology include Edna Augusta, William Benton, Laurie Duggan, Tom Fink,  Paolo Javier, Andrew Levy, Harry Lewis, Tom Patterson, George Quasha, Barry Schwabsky, and each of the Friends.
For more information about Basil King's work visit and the blog,
For program details, contact Kimberly Lyons, at
For reserved seats for critics or members of the press, call Kimberly at 646-438-5559                                     

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