signed by artist, across bottom in black ink: Richard Baker Roshi whose teacher was Suzuki Roshi soon after he stepped down as Abbot / of San Francisco Zen Center to found Santa Fé, N.M. & Crestone Colorado Zen Meditation Centers, / and give transmission to Philip Whalen, Sensei. Here visiting apartment on East 12’th Street after re- / turn from East Europe where he’d taught zen sitting groups, we caught up on our samsaric adven- / tures. Baker Roshi had hosted 1965 U.C. Berkeley Poets’ convocation, we’d remained friends, especially / thru his kindness to poet Whalen whom he’d invited to S.F. Zen. Center. N.Y. Fall 1984. Allen Ginsberg; on verso, center stamped in black ink: Photograph By / Allen Ginsberg / COPYRIGHT 1994 NYC / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED / Fax 212-675-1686; by unknown hand, lower right stamped in black ink with graphite notations: PHOTO INFORMATION: / YEAR 1984 / LOCATION NEW YORK / IMAGE # 9501 / SLEEVE # 224 / PRINTED BY BRIAN GRAHAM / NOTE; bottom center in graphite: GD-AG-354; bottom right: GDC-677
Gary and Ellen Davis, Greenwich, CT; gift to NGA, 2012.