I got this email a few days ago. I called them to find out more. Yesterday I got a phone call from a women named Alice somewhere in Illinois (HQ are in SF). It sounded all too good…! So I did some more digging and found this article: https://theartistsjd.com/vida-tos/ Not only is the article informative but it is worth reading the the comments left by artists.
A reader sent in this – any other feedback/experience?
Everything that has to do with the curator Carolus Stoop and his moving gallery called galeria zero http://www.galeriazero.org/ is such a scam, I remember it was my first year I was starting to exhibit so I did’t know about those practice, the guy had rented a lame place, booked twice the number of artists that he could show just to make money, the artworks were barely hanged, I saw paintings on tables put back to back, some artists who did not come to hang their works themselves had their works never leave the crates in which they were sent. It was so outrageous several artists called on Swiss TV to warn artists of this and to talk about art basel side fairs, later we tried to bring a lawyer in because it was pointless trying to get our money back from the man himself, but this person is an expert at this, he has a company in 2 different countries and he exhibits elsewhere so if you want to bring in the justice it has to be with international laws which artists can’t afford. I really advise all artists to stay away from the events he organizes.
A reader sent this in, please add to this if you have experience here
“I’ve been working with many galleries for years and have had amazingly wonderful experiences. Most treat their artists very well. It isn’t easy being a gallery owner with all the expenses and difficulties.
Having said that, I would not deal with Canada House Gallery in Banff Alberta, after being treated in a very unfair manner in my opinion. I say this with a heavy heart because I would never say anything bad about a gallery unless I felt that I have been deeply wronged.”
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