Nervous Appraisal for Pattern on a Frosty Window

Remember Putin’s charity artwork effort? Here’s the latest…

An article by Adam McDowell in Canada’s National Post describes how the painting sold at auction in Russia on January 17, and has been on display at a Moscow gallery as of Tuesday. Pattern on a Frosty Window cost the Natalia Kournikova Gallery 37 million roubles at a charity auction, The Art Newspaper reported, and “now it’s a coveted item among the oligarchy”.

McDowell writes, “if anyone asks, we love it — an offended Putin could have us crushed by means of (a) an offhanded remark to the FSB, (b) a knowing wink to his inner circle of goons, or (c) his own KGB-trained, vice-grip-like hands“.