How's My Dealing? 2.0

Worldwide Reviews by Artists for Artists of Galleries, Art Fairs, Mail Scams and more.

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  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    Thank you for sharing your experience. Their professional presentation made me at least look into it before I hit "delete."...
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thanks for sharing this. I wondered .......
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thanks. I have received the email. from Galeria Azur. Now I know what to do with it!...
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    Thank you for sharing. I, too, was about to sign, and then googled the reviews. Except now, they charge $1800....
  • Thierry Goldberg Gallery does not pay his MFA artists
    Please elaborate...
  • Thierry Goldberg Gallery does not pay his MFA artists
    Please give details- gallery seems official but troubling to hear these reports....
  • Dab Art, got accepted but now afraid!
    I've worked with them. It's a small operation with an over extended team that splits time between Austin, LA and Ventura. I haven't had bad experiences, like others have posted. They do sell art, I've seen it happen first hand. Yes, they do take submission fees. Sometimes life has gotten in the way of clear or expedient communication, but it's been over all, an okay experience with them....
  • Dacia Gallery in NYC
    To the "Anonymous" artist that is defending the Gallery, why he/she does not identify himself/herself? This easily can be the gallery people posting this. But beyond that, a true test of a legit gallery is that...
  • If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!
    I got tricked too and am left with no news anymore, he’s just vanished. Am not sure what is the best action to do since he’s got my money and I’d like to have it back. Any recommendation? Cheers...
  • Photographers should think twice about entering LensCulture
    My experience is quite different. I've won a juror's pick award. I've had them show my work on their IG and FB pages from other competitions I've entered. I've been an article on their website. I know at least 8 people who have won or placed in their awards....
  • Art Platform NYC
    A dreadful scam!...
  • Brick Lane Gallery
    All the comments over the years are totally adequate, It is one of all these galleries who basically live off the artist who want to habe a chance to exhibit and think this is the way..there are tons..itsliquid, redgallery, visual artist association etc… It is a big business, using the artist , making money with them and the artist does not gain anything… Wait until someone really wants you , they ll find you , contact you and...
  • World Wide Art Books Inc.
    Hi [Artist’s Name], I sent you a message a few weeks ago about participation in our projects. Did you receive it? I am pasting it here as well. I would appreciate if you let me know. All the best Diana Taylor I saw your work online and I liked it so I would like to invite you to participate in our art projects. Our projects are the following: 1. Participation in major art fairs, such as...
  • Clio Art Fair (the Anti-Fair)
    This fair will not help your career as far as I can tell. If you want to show your work find a space, get great artists to chip in and advertise the show yourselves. Build your following over a few years, do not think a one time thing will do anything for your career........ after a couple of years you will establish your own show and people will come because of the buzz about...
  • PAKS Gallery and MAMAG Museum invite to exhibit at Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel Week and Carrousel du Louvre
    I have also received the same email from Paks with the same offer. They send me one every year. I have not her participated as it’s expensive. I noticed their Instagram page @paksgallery does not highlight any sales or much engagement and work of low quality like Faeries and pixies....
  • Agora
    As an attorney you may be correct about the wording, but it is still deceptive. It is not that an artist "Expects" to sell work, but traditionally, galleries take 50% of sales, and do not charge the artists to hang ther work. Everyone wants to sell and knows that is not guaranteed, but for Agora, sales are beside the point since they already made their money on artist fees! Imagine this - a book...
  • Galleria Huuto
    Galleria Huuto is quite highly appreciated gallery in Finland. Actually it’s not easy to get your artwork there to be displayed. You need to fill an application. Not all artists who apply are chosen to display there. It’s quite common in Finland that you need to pay some fee, but galleries like Huuto are not vanity galleries, because art there is very high quality and they don’t approach artists. Artists need to approach them and sent...
  • If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!
    He’s done lots of people wrong! Let’s find him...
  • Agora
    Why is this under Agora gallery? Galleria Huuto is quite highly appreciated gallery in Finland. Actually it's not easy to get your artwork there to be displayed. You need to fill an application. Not all artists who apply are chosen to display there. It's quite common in Finland that you need to pay some fee, but galleries like Huuto are not vanity galleries, because art there is very high quality and they don't approach artists. Artists need...
  • Residency Arquetopia
    I had a 4 week residency in Puebla earlier this year. At the end of pandemic I was so excited to be actually out and among artists again! And that was the good part - to spend some time with other artists, and I am still in contact with some who I hope to see again one day. But otherwise? What a truly horrible place/program - if you could call it any kind...
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    Yes unfortunately, you are correct about everything you said above. Glad that you didn’t get sucked in. I was new on scene when I bought into there 12 month contract for an online show. Prior to signing, I communicated with many other artists they “represented”, asking the same questions but received good reviews, which was confusing because when I approached the sales team to ask about sales numbers, I only received vague and abstract answers....
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    If I have understood correctly Galeria Azur is an auction house in Argentina. In Europe (Madrid & Berlin) they make money by charging artists, not by selling art. It's a full blown vanity gallery. Some artists don't understand that or just refuse to admit it, so the gallery is making lot of money. I'm surprised they haven't commented here already, because in Google Maps reviews they are replying to the bad reviews in a panic...
  • The Emerging Artist Platform
    We changed a credit card last year, reported the scam to the bank, and still got charged! Stay away from EAP Scammers! You won't be able to cancel the account after giving them all your info! Don't!...
  • Artifact Gallery
    It's now August 2022, and I got my turn being contacted by Martin Bernstein and Artifact NYC. After a little back and forth, they stopped communicating. Checked out google maps pictures, reviews, and found this thread. As usual, if it sounds too good to be true (and includes a lot of boasting), it's not real. It's tricky getting an art career going without falling prey to a vanity gallery. Thanks guys, I just saved myself...
  • ADC – Art Comes Alive Competition
    I also participated in the Art Comes Alive. Had a special shipping box made for sending the painting. When it was shipped back, it was poorly wrapped in cheap cardboard and they kept the shipping box, which they verified when I telephoned them. Their cavalier response was ( from the gallery head), well at least you got your piece back....
  •  Contemporary Art Curator (Magazine)
    I could even name the person who wrote this. Dear Lady, the scam is your company that takes money from artists, cancels events and doesn't get money back. Next time, please use more creativity in your pathetic comments. Have a beautiful weekend! Best wishes, Marta Puig...
  • Banditto Residency
    With a name like banditto what would you expect?🤣...
  • Excellance art Gallery in Mirabella, Spain
    If you have to pay to show it’s a vanity gallery that makes their income from fees not sales....
  • Laguna Art Gallery
    I did a show with them back on July 4th 2019. It was kind of a bust for what I paid for, I sold two prints...not nearly enough to make up the cost of the space. They advertised the show to artists as being part of the Laguna Art Walk but I don't think they advertised it very much to the public. There was some foot traffic due to it being July...
  • Thierry Goldberg Gallery does not pay his MFA artists
    It's true...
Galleria Huuto

I was looking for exhibition opportunities in Nordic countries and found out a gallery in Helsinki, Galleria Huuto, apparently is “an independent artist run collective” managing three spaces and receiving funding from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, however it charges fees from 500€ up to 1500€ for a three week exhibition period. Does any finnish artist out there that know more about Galleria Huuto? http://www.galleriahuuto.net/?page_id=53&lang=en

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Divulgarti group

The assistant of the curator Loredana Trestin of Divulgarti group contacted me through Instagram and told me that they were impressed by my art and they want to invite me to an upcoming exhibition. I did my research: It’s a group exhibition in a handbag store in Milan. Yes you read it correctly: a handbag store. It’s called Galleria Cael. To participate it costs: – 1°work 350,00 € (for a size up to meter) – 2°works 600,00 € – 1°work € 400.00 (if more than one metre per one metre) – 2°works 700,00 € I’m not interested in vanity galleries…

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If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!

It’s been a few years now. I was approached by italian gallerist Marco Antonio Patrizio who ran his gallery from Padua not far from Venice. Apparently he found me on Instagram. Besides running this gallery Mr Patrizio also attended various art exhibitions in different cities throughout Italy. We agreed on 5 of my pieces to be exhibited in Genua for a start and then to evaluate after Genua for a possible future collaboration. Nothing sold at the Genua exhibition and that’s OK. He brought my paintings back to his gallery in Padua (at least I think so) I asked for…

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Continua Gallery

In the early 2000s I was sexually assaulted by one of the three Galleria Continua gallerists. Anyone who worked with them, at least at the time, would easily guess who it was. I discussed it with one of the girls working for them at the time, and she said that she just accepted she had that kind of a boss and managed her way around it.

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Greenhouse Gallery – Walter aka“Dub” Wagnon aka WC Wagnon

WC Dub Wagnon was the last owner of Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio. He’s stolen many pieces of art from many different artists, never paid several artists and also skipped out on leases on properties. He’s the current owner of The Northwest Oklahoman, a newspaper in Ellis County Oklahoma. He lives in Arnett, OK. He also embezzled money from the Coppini Academy over the course of 6 years. Prior to that he was arrested and jailed twice for check forgery and selling electronic items and pocketing money from his previous job. All public records. If anyone is owed money by…

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Yaddo

Hi there, I was invited to undertake a 6 week residency at www.yaddo.org earlier this year. From my understanding it is one of the most prestigious residencies in the US. I was actually awarded a residency in 2020 but it was postponed due to the pandemic and so they reached out to me earlier in the year to move it to this spring. I also must commend them for the further support they offered me, making a contribution to my flight costs from Ireland. The residency was only half capacity due to the covid restrictions so there was actually only…

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Statement for Artists who have been scammed by #emergingartistplatform to circulate

Artists, have you been approached by the #emergingartistplatform run by #Hansford&Sons? It appears to be a scam. There are two sides to this group a ‘light’ facade with a dark background. There is a small leased gallery in Milton Keynes called Hansford & Sons, that runs exhibitions there and virtually, but even there the selection process appears to be random. Artists are approached usually via Instagram and invited to display work on the #emergingartistplatform. There is a fee for this, but commissions and quantities of work that artists are told they can put up are apparently made up on a…

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EAP poor service

My experience with Hansford and Sons EAP is consistent with others in this thread. Vic was in contact with me daily for nearly a week. When I sent payment all communication stopped. Now one month later my work is still not up on their website. I can only assume that clients will never receive purchased paintings and that I will never be paid. Moving on.

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NY-ArtNews

I received this email and it sounds like a money making machine. I would like to explore with you the opportunity to be featured on NY-ArtNews.com We offer the prospect of one interview/review by an art critic chosen by us to be published on NY-Artnews.com for a contribution fee of $ 250.00. About NY-ArtNews: Founded in 2016, the NY-ARTNews is an independent forum and online art magazine focusing mainly on the New York City Arts, Culture, and Art Market Scene. It provides an opportunity for your name and work to reach a larger audience.

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ADC – Art Comes Alive Competition

My art came back from this show destroyed. Their framer wrapped it for shipping and either it was damaged in their gallery or during shipping. Either way – that’s on them. They’ve washed their hands of it. Very unprofessional.

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