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Inscription

signed by artist, lower right on sheet in black ink: Allen Ginsberg; artist inscription, across bottom under image: Harry Smith exhausted 3 A.M. over Chinese take-out supper. Car had backed into him up on 12th street corner Avenue A weeks earlier, compression-fractured his knee, as he stayed with me nine months in small room behind him he'd fixed with door-latch and lock. Old postcard of Manhattan Island on toilet door panel to his right. Ethnomusicologic archivist, film-maker, alchemist, he'd designed my new _Collected Poems_ book cover, he'd been moven out of hotel room on 28'th street, lived in Bowery shelters, was now homeless in New York! June 17, 1985.; on verso, by unknown hand, across lower center in graphite: 380/ 13398 1985; across lower center edge: GD-AG-79; in upper left corner: #67 VE; across lower right: GDC-889 AGI96 34; across center stamped in blue ink: Photograph By Allen Ginsberg COPYRIGHT 1994 NYC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Fax 212-675-1688

Provenance

Allen Ginsberg Estate; Ellen and Gary Davis, Greenwich, CT (through Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York); gift to NGA, 2009.

Exhibition History
2010
Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, National Gallery of Art, Washington; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University, New York; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, 2010 - 2013, no. 76.