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Dealer shows at state-sponsored Russian fair after condemnation of war in Ukraine, chaos among NADA dealers and more gossip from the art world | Pro Club Bd

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Five months have now passed Russia penetrated Ukraine, which sparked a devastating war that has killed thousands, leveled cities and critics have attacked the Russian government for alleged war crimes. AArtists and dealers have since fled en masse from Russia, condemn the war and separate as far as possible from the war machine. Many added their names to a petition that gathered 17,000 signatures in February condemning the war “a terrible tragedy” which at the same time endangers Russia’s cultural prestige. The petition drew the ire of the Kremlin, which led to threats against the signers. Some particularly brave actors even staged protests in Moscow. Suffice it to say that there is a serious rift between certain members of Russia’s cultural circles and those within the government.

As the turmoil continues, the country – suddenly reduced on the world stage – has made attempts to claim that its cultural sector is alive and well. Such an attempt Creating the illusion of a thriving art scene was that 1703 art fair that took place St. Petersburg in June, the same week that many well-heeled collectors stormed into Switzerland ArtBasel.

16 galleries, all from Russia, exhibited at the fair, which takes its name from the year St. Petersburg was founded. And according to official reports, it was a financial miracle: the event sponsored by the Russian oil company Gazpromreportedly exhibited artworks estimated to be worth 200 million rubles, or about $3.4 million.

The fair also conveniently coincided with the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (Nickname of “Russian Davos‘), which has hosted well-heeled diplomats and C-suite executives from 141 countries, including North Korea Jamal Nasir Garwalthe Taliban-designated Afghan charge d’affaires in Moscow and of courseWladimir Putin.

In fact, the Mass focused on the axis of evil in our time.

One of its participating dealers, wet paint can reveal had previously commented on a gallery condemning the war, but attended the St. Petersburg exhibition under a different name.

February 27 Moscow Osnova Gallery posted a picture of a pigeon on Instagram with the caption “#nowar”. Two of his artists—Kirill Savchenkov and Alexandra Sukhareva– even withdrew from representing Russia in the country Venice Biennale Pavilion in Solidarity with Ukraine.

still Varvara MuratovaManaging Director of Osnova, still participated under the name in 1703 azota side business. Reached for comment, Muratova confirms that the two entities are not legally separate, and takes a closer look at that The Azot website reveals that all financial transactions made online with Azot go straight back to Osnova, which appears in Cyrillic (Основа) on the website.

On Azot’s website, the payment is sent to Основа, which is Russian for Osnova.

“Since opening a company in Russia is not easy and involves many costs, Osnova helps with aspects of bureaucracy,” Muratova said of the financial connection.

Savchenkov, one of the Osnova artists who got his work from the Russian pavilion in Venice, told Wet Paint he had no idea about Azot’s relationship with Osnova. He also condemned the fair’s existence, calling it “extremely uncomfortable for the current context”.


When a gallery joins it New alliance of art dealersit gets access to something called the NADA noodlean e-mail thread of the Google group, in which every member – that is now more than 120 gallery owners – can ask for advice, contacts or any kind of help. I’ve heard it described as a circle of trust where dealers can ask each other for dealer recommendations, borrow plinths, or put out feelers to collectors they have questions about.

This is how our story begins.

Paula Oxoathe owner of New York mother gallery, a NADA member, recently posted such a question to the thread. She told Wet Paint that a collector was named Talal Abillama was several months behind on a bill after buying a drawing and a sculpture NADA New York, which caused her some concern. But the rReactions within the channel have been generally positive, suggesting she had nothing to worry about.

“I read messages from two traders I don’t know and they both vouched for him and said, ‘He’s great,'” Oxoa said.

she walked away relieved that Abillama would make up its late payments and no further action would be required. But Abillama, she said, caught her off guard when he called her this week and allegedly demanded to know why why Oxoa “dragged its name through the dirt.” said Oxoa Abillama became threatening, telling her she was “nothing” and to “stay in her place”. He also canceled the sale.

“As a woman, it’s just triggering,” she said. “I tend to pride myself on being brave. But I’m a little scared to be honest.”

Reached by Wet Paint, Abillama confirmed the call and the canceled sale but denied any kind of threat. He said he canceled the deal because Oxoa was too aggressive with the payment and he wants collecting to be an enjoyable experience.

“Of course I didn’t say she was nothing,” he said. “I told her I respect her completely. I canceled the deal and she was so mad. She pressured me to pay for the piece. It was so intrusive. I buy so much art. I buy something almost every day. Of course I wanted to pay for it, but she made a whole thing out of it.”

Oxoa, who believes another dealer alerted Abillama to her message to the NADA Noodle, is now directing her ire at this as yet unidentified party.

I have a bill that hasn’t been paid since May and a duty to my artists,” she said. “I reached out to this trusted group for guidance on what to do next. And then my phone rang with a very angry man. Why would any of you do that?”

NADA did not respond to Wet Paint’s request for comment.


Chaos outside of O’Flaherty’s maximalist approach to the summer group show. Photo by Annie Armstrong.

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*** Alex’s cat wears a t-shirt which says “I’m not Alex Katz” in Maine *** mary boone pay a visit Barbara Krueger exhibition at MoMA *** Per Skarstedt, Tico Mugrabi, Loïc Gouzer, Christopher van de Wegheand Alexander Rother bro-ing out – “serious gang”, commented Aby Rosen *** Gray Sorrento take a picture of it east village fellowship in the spirit of her late uncle, David SorrentiWith Lucien Smith, Lua Beaulieu, Mario Sorrentiand Louis Shannon all appear for the snapshot *** David Zwirner to throw a party Bowery Hotel for the anniversary of his platform initiative and Miranda July, Richie Shazam, Nate Lowmanand Family Janssen everyone showed up for the toast ***


It seems that people generally agree that the best party in the Hamptons is this Advantage of the water mill. It was nominated for Best Party long Island by several people including this week’s Wet Paint in the Wild Hamptons fan, Nicole Nadeau.

But photographer-above-town Casey Kelbaugh wrote that perhaps the best party he’s been to in the East was the benefit party After the party in 2016.

“We went back to Anastasia Siro‘s house I think? [Nicole] Nadeau, ellie [Rines]and everyone else in the pool with us. yes rule lighting dulls. Some tips came off.”

There will be no column next week, but when I come back I ask you to consider: What’s the absolute worst behavior you’ve seen at an opening? Write down your answer [email protected]

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