Moscow’s 11.12 Gallery Plans Singapore Branch


Moscow’s 11.12 gallery will open a new space in Singapore later this month, and will close its current second space in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“In Moscow, it’s a very difficult, difficult time for contemporary art,” said dealer Alexander Sharov, who’s run the 11.12 Gallery in that city since 2005. He’s not alone in thinking that times are tough for dealers in the capital city. Earlier this year, a number of longtime Moscow dealers announced they were closing because demand for contemporary Russian art had dried up at home.

But Mr. Sharov said that things may slowly be getting better—new galleries have opened in the city’s Winzavod art building, where he runs his gallery, and he’s feeling confident enough to expand. Read More


Moscow Contemporary Art Galleries to Close, Restructure, Citing Weak Market

The Winzvod art building in Moscow. (Courtesy Korzana/Flickr)

Russian oligarchs like Roman Abramovich are often credited for keeping the international contemporary art market whirring along, even during uncertain times in the global economy. And yet, in Russia, the contemporary art market is apparently struggling. Three well-established galleries, Aidan, Marat Guelman and XL, plan to cease commercial activities following a press conference in Moscow on April 23. Aidan will become a studio space, and Guelman and XL will transition into noncommercial ventures. Read More