Basil King: Paintings From the Cards. Fielding Dawson, Basil King. Granary Books. 1989.

Basil King: Paintings From the Cards.

Granary Books, 1989. Item #GB_9

3 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. single folded sheet.

Catalog for exhibition at Granary Books that ran Sept. 21–Oct. 20, 1989. Includes essay by Fielding Dawson. Printed offset. Out-of-print. As new.

Fielding Dawson (1930-2002), writer and visual artist, lectured widely and worked energetically as a creative writing teacher in prisons and women's shelters. Born in New York City and raised in Missouri, Dawson studied portraiture before joining Black Mountain College, where he studied painting under Franz Kline and poetry under Charles Olson. His experience in North Carolina, which he recalled later as a lecturer and historiographer, continued to influence him after graduation. He eventually returned to New York City, where he joined the fulminant arts scene.

Dawson published twenty-two books over five decades; most were anthologies of shorter fiction, like the late Land of Milk and Honey (2001). A committed socialist, Dawson began teaching creative writing in prisons in 1984, eventually chairing American PEN's Prison Writing Committee. His work No Man's Land (2000) is a fictionalized account of his prison teaching. Dawson also taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado. He died in New York City in January 2002. Read more at

Basil King was born in the East End of London in 1935 and came to the U.S. in 1947. At 16, he entered Black Mountain College, where he studied painting and writing. In the early 1970s, with two partners, he founded Mulch magazine. In 1992, he began his long documentary prose/poem/media work Mirage, whose paintings, watercolors, and pastels were exhibited for the first time at Gotham Book Mart in 1994, where he also read from his texts. Since that time, King combined reading with showing slides of his own art and that of others. His other books include The Complete Miniatures and Devotions (Stop Press, London).

King's visual art is included in the collections of the New York Public Library, Yale University, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Grand Valley State College, University of Kansas Museum of Art, State University of New York at Buffalo, the Gladstone Museum of Baseball Art, and Tom Seaver. Mirage performances have been presented in Prague, Ljubljana (Slovenia), Groznjan (Croatia), Duino (Italy), Dartington College (U.K.), and Cody's Bookstore, Berkeley, California.

Price: $15.00