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A work by Ukrainian artist Ilya Chichkan at the booth of Collection Gallery from Kiev
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by Matthew Bown

Crumbling and poorly lit, Moscow’s late-Brezhnev Era Central House of the Artist is no place for a contemporary art fair, whatever nostalgic appeal the structure might have to the local art crowd, who have defended it constantly against developers, including Sir Norman Foster. But there it was nonetheless, the 14th annual ArtMoscow, Sept. 22-26, 2010, set up in the same space as myriad trade shows and a Christmas arts-and-crafts fair, where holiday shoppers might obtain a pair of embroidered felt bootees.