Dear readers, I'm afraid this will be the last edition of IZO for the foreseeable future. I want to thank all IZO's readers, regular and irregular, for dropping by, and especially of course the contributors, among whom the outstanding figure has been MK from DC (here and here). Thanks so much, MK. The IZO blog will remain open for the time being as a reference source. Matthew.
Missed this on the Tatintsian vs Luhring Augustine case (Art Newspaper):
Roland Augustine and Lawrence Luhring said the gallery had offered the dealer four new Condo paintings, plus a fifth work which Tatintsian had already agreed to buy, valued at $1.04m in July 2009. The dealer refused this, and took the case to court in August 2009. However, Tatintsian has now accepted the works and dropped the case.
Vadim Belyaev, co-owner of the Otkrytie financial corporation, has bought the Open Space culture portal. The purchase price from founder and previous owner Valeri Nosov was "a few million roubles". The existing editorial team will be retained (gazeta.ru).
I'm opening a new show "Communist Conspiracy in Art Threatens American Museums," curated by Stamatina Gregory, at Temple Gallery in Philadelphia -- please see info below. The opening is Friday, September 24, 6 - 8 pm. You can take a New Century Travel bus www.2000coach.com. A round trip NY-Philadelphia is only $20 and it's super comfortable.
"Legend has it that almost a century ago a series of railway wagons stuffed with gold sank into the depths of a lake in Siberia. This week, researchers, exploring the depths by submarine, may have found the Russian royals' lost gold" (Spiegel).