Modern Love

While most of Russia's burgeoning art scene is in Moscow, for the past several years dealer Marina Gisich has provided a spark up north. A former member of the country's Olympic rhythmic gymnastics reserve team, Gisich opened her eponymous gallery in 2000, at a time when Russia was still emerging from its economic crisis. Selling contemporary art wasn't ex­­actly a promising venture then. Though St. Petersburg is filled with Old Master works, hers was the city's first international-caliber gallery dedicated to modern pieces. Today Gisich, 37, represents many of St. Petersburg's best-known artists, among them Gleb Bogomolov, Anatoly Shuravlev, Alla Esipovich, and Peter Belyi. At 121 Fontanka, Intercom 13; 7-812/314-4380;