Documentary film BASIL KING: MIRAGE on painter/poet Basil King directed by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte will be screening on April 9th, 5-9pm at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (every half hour in the Lecture Room -museum entrance free that evening).
Book signing by Basil King at 5:30PM in the Bazinet Lobby.
The event is presented by the Rain Taxi 20th Anniversary Bash at Walker Art Center. Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte will perform at the Rain Taxi extravaganza celebration.
patrick brennan Artediola article excerpt:
Among context invoking in-betweens such as essays, interviews, reviews and descriptions, it’s not that often that an artist can be so influentially positioned to shape these as in Nicole Peyrafitte’s and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte’s deft 23 minute short film, Basil King: Mirage, which ably affords this occasion to painter and poet Basil King.
Born in London in 1935, King witnessed the blitz and then some before his parents relocated the family to Detroit in 1947. Struck already by Pollock and Rimbaud, he was walking past the Detroit Art Institute’s Rivera murals for studio classes and, by 16, had arrived at Black Mountain College to learn from Charles Olson and Esteban Vincente, segueing afterwards to San Francisco and its poets, then to New York City and Gottlieb, Motherwell, Rothko, Kline, Amiri Baraka and Frank O’Hara while hearing Miles, Monk and Coltrane during these key moments of high artistic intensity in the United States. While all of that was happening, Basil King was there.