. Original black and white photograph, 14'' x 11'' approx. Unsigned. Near fine. In manila envelope, INSCRIBED by Rutkowski to Robert Wilson: "To Bob Wilson / From Richard Rutkowski / Original Print, Gus Van Sant & Allen Ginsberg October 1996 / Happy Birthday / Love Richard." Near fine. Item #23409
Allen Ginsberg and Gus Van Sant, photographed by cinematographer Richard Rutkowski, on set during the music video production of Ginsberg's "The Ballad of the Skeletons." The track featured Ginsberg's vocals backed by Paul McCartney on guitar, drums, and organ, Lenny Kaye on bass, Philip Glass on keyboards, and Marc Ribot and David Mansfield on guitar; the video, directed by Van Sant, achieved considerable success on MTV. The print was a gift from Rutkowski to theatre director Robert Wilson (himself a onetime collaborator with Ginsberg, as well as with Rutkowski).