[Robert Frank & Allen Ginsberg. 1989. Inkjet on Fantac Innova Ultra Smooth Gloss. Printed on 20 x 24-inch paper. Courtesy of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Chambers Fine Art. ]
More Ai Weiwei news. All four of his associates (reported on last week) have now officially been freed – Wen Tao, Hu Mingfen, Liu Zhenggang and Zhang Jinsong. All four, like Ai, still face significant charges. Ai has been slapped with a $1.85 million tax bill (5 million yuan in back taxes and 7 million yuan in fines). He plans to challenge this.
Meanwhile, his show of photographs opens in New York. Melissa Chiu of The Asia Society has this video report
. Above, his image of Allen, together with photographer, Robert Frank
, is one of 227 photographs on view through August 14th. There are quite a few others of Allen, around his East 12th Street apartment, but more broadly the photos document a gritty but culturally vibrant East Village and Lower East Side that, sadly, no longer exists.
Due to timing complications, the catalog is back-ordered, but will be available in mid July. It reproduces every image in the show, and includes an interview with Alison Klayman.