• Includes an interview with Basil Alkazzi by Harry I. Naar
• Published to accompany various exhibitions across America
In this fully illustrated book of Basil Alkazzi's paintings, nature and the cosmos are transformed through intense color and incarnate shapes into a zone of dreams, longing, and the spirit - works of poetry as well as art. Raised in England where he attended art school, Basil Alkazzi has exhibited regularly in London and in the United States for over four decades and his work is in many of the major United States and European museums' collections.
To support other artists, he established The Basil H. Alkazzi Foundation Awards at the Royal College of Art and The Basil H. Alkazzi Awards for Excellence at the New York Foundation for the Arts. The curator of the exhibition is Judith K. Brodsky, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University. Brodsky has organized and curated many exhibitions, most recently, The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society.
Donald Kuspit, one of America's most eminent art critics, formerly Distinguished Professor of Art History and Philosophy at Stony Brook University, The State University of New York, has written a comprehensive and in-depth essay for this book which also contains an interview with Basil Alkazzi by Harry I. Naar, Professor of Fine Arts in studio art and art history at Rider University, director of the University's art gallery and curator of the University's art collection.
The book is designed by the award-winning Isabella Duicu Palowitch.
February 6th - March 2nd, 2014, Rider University Art Gallery, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
March 22nd - April 20th, 2014, The Rosenberg Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore
May 16th - July 27th, 2014, The Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
August 17th - October 19th, 2014, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York.