May 3, New York City Mayor’s Award of Honor for Arts and Culture.
July, spends three days at a Zen retreat in upstate New York. “Sat in the lotus position,” he tells Aldo Buzzi, “along with small group for 4-5 hours per day. 3 days of silence!—the best part.”
Around this time, begins to produce what he calls “ex-voto” drawings, with thoughts and memories from the past explained in handwritten captions.
A later ex-voto lacks a caption, but refers to an experience described to Aldo Buzzi in this year: “Early in the morning, then, I’m on the bicycle to Amagansett, all of it uphill, and for a little bit along the ocean, etc. The return trip, downhill, much quicker. I wear a plastic helmet due to the danger from local yokels in their trucks, who hate cyclists and drive too fast and too close. In a red Italian jersey! Quite a spectacle.”
Dal Vero, a limited edition book with text by John Hollander, published by the Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He describes it as “a so-called rare book, for book lovers, printed with the utmost care, I hope….Something for collectors, in other words, which will make money for the publisher….Maybe it will come out well.” Dal Vero contains drawings from life made in Amagansett, mostly of Sigrid, but some of his niece Daniela Roman, Aldo Buzzi, and other visitors. The works reflect the life drawings he had begun to make in the later 1970s, though a few are earlier.