How's My Dealing? 2.0

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

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  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thank you, guys, for posting your experiences! ....
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    I also got this email. Thank you, guys, for posting this....
  • ADC – Art Comes Alive Competition
    Thanks for sharing your experience with ADC. I will check my gallery contracts from now on to make sure it says 50% of the sale price. I know this isn’t your major complaint with ADC but why would you be responsible for delivery and installation? Isn’t that part of what the gallery commission covers? I had a piece with ADC in another art fair. Not only did I have to pay commission if it sold but...
  • ADC – Art Comes Alive Competition
    Subject: ADC Fine Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio January 22, 2023 I write this letter solely for the purpose of informing my fellow artists far and near about an experience I had with this Gallery. I was represented by ADC Fine Art during Art Basel Miami 2022 in the Red Dot Art Fair. Litsa Spanos, Owner of the gallery called me on Monday December 5, 2022 to inform me that one of my large mosaics had...
  • PAKS Gallery and MAMAG Museum invite to exhibit at Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel Week and Carrousel du Louvre
    Recently I received the same email... I dont know anything about it, but it seems doesnt have a curatorial work, but, if you have money to pay you are there... If its a good chance? I dont know, I didn't go ahead with this dubious proposal......
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    They just contacted me as well, I looked at their website and google reviews and researched some of the people, all seems legit. Although their team huge. This thread is the only info that made my Spidey sense perk up. One of the assistants Daiana messaged me. I'm going to speak to her and ask her some questions out of curiosity....
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    Thank you for sharing this and for the others that also took the time. Doing our research is very important for artists. Just as important to alert others. I can delete the email without a thought now!...
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Vanity galleries like this their keep expenses to a minimum because they know that the art they present will not sell. It's because they choose beginners or young artists who haven't gained experience and recognition yet. If you research more closely what kind of artists have collaborated with them, you'll probably see the reason why their art doesn't sell. Have you really liked the art this gallery have on display? Would you buy art from the...
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    I hope you didn't sign the contract! Shipping costs are usually paid by the gallerist, even in online galleries such as Saachi Art. Did you check Artsy how much they've sold? Did you ask for sales figures from the person who contacted you? They rush the deal because they don't want you to check out reviews and think more carefully. No need to hurry, do your research thoroughly. Rush is always a red flag!...
  • Contemporary Art Curator (Magazine)
    Dear Maria Keinonen, I will copy my reply here for you again. It’s more than strange that you don’t answer our emails but instead blackmail us from other emails ( we see all IPs). I would like to explain the situation for the people who read this: 1) Somehow, you got the link and wanted to use it to get the award. We discovered your scam immediately. 2) You started blackmailing us and writing unpleasant things about us. 3) We emailed...
  • UAE Art Collector / Global Art Awards / Global Art Agency
    Global Art Agency has taken deposits from Artists and then ghosted them!! WARNING!!! They have done this for Amsterdam and Oxford!! Now they are also promoting Tokyo. I paid for a booth for Amsterdam Art Fair 2022, and I still haven't heard back from them. They blocked me on social media and didn't answer my emails. Now they even deleted their website. The Owner of Global Art Agency is Joelle Dinnage. Joelle Dinnage is scammer. Now she...
  • Bruno Massa
    Yes, so have I but I don’t know a thing about them, sorry...
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thank you to everyone who has posted on here about this gallery. I have also been contacted by them via Instagram and immediately suspected they were a vanity gallery. But seeing all of these posts really is helpful. Be very wary peeps!...
  • Residency Arquetopia
    I have participated in multiple international artist residencies - these residencies often had a supply stipend and travel expenses paid. Having said that, I found the Arquetopia residency to be extremely valuable to my practice- I have been twice and plan to return again. The readings and conversations with Francisco and Nayeli were incredibly valuable and led to breakthroughs in my work and in my writing. I found it to be a nurturing environment where...
  • colorida galeria de arte Lisbon
    Warning! I can only warn against this gallery. I never got the 14 works from my exhibition back. When I wanted to return my works and needed the weight and size of the package for the transport company, I suddenly got no answer. It wasn't until a while later that I received an email telling me that I had exceeded the collection deadline. From my mail history they had deleted my mails asking about the...
  • Scam Starvd Art Gallery Singapore
    Hello Andrew Leddy/Paton. I presume you wrote the comment below. Everything written in the original post is true. You are undeniably a thief and a plagiarist and a low-rent bore. I suppose you could argue that the 'low-rent bore' description is subjective, but as to your being a 'thief' and a 'plagiarist', I could get thirty people here in Australia to swear to your being a thief and a plagiarist without raising a sweat. If...
  • Artifact Gallery
    Now December 22 I have got a Instagram message about solo exhibition from Martin Bernstein. we would like to discuss an opportunity of your possible solo exhibition at our gallery space. Please email me at info[at]artifactnyc.net if you have any questions. Best regards, Martin Bernstein Is this gallery a gallery that only accepts money from the artist and does not lead to the next step of the artist's career?...
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    I received same email from Galeria Azir Berlin. How depressing to find out it’s all a scam. They seemed legit and professional, so did Sophia the curator contacting me. So glad I decided to google. So if a gallery is really interested you don’t have to pay for shipping and promos? Vanity galleries are bad karma for them not the artist....
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    I am very glad I found this feed and did some research. I had no idea these types of things were happening. I just got an email two days ago from Galeria Azir to represent me for a $1300 fee or $3800 premium fee for a year of promotions on artsy another website, and a month in physical gallery. Shipping paid by artist. The email and website, contract looked very legit. 30% their cut....
  • The Art Letters and Numbers in Averill Park
    Response to the “scratching around for supplies” comment about Arte Studio Ginestrelle. I was one of their first residents, and saw the efforts that the owner made to accommodate artists and make connections to show their work in Assisi. Do your research before you do a residency, arrange for supplies to be shipped to you, or pick them up en route in Florence. It is unfair to slander a legitimate and hardworking residency owner....
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thanks for sharing this- just got contacted by them and seemed very fishy!!...
  • Scam Starvd Art Gallery Singapore
    Stop perpetuating stalking and hate "anonymous" - leave this guy alone. None of what you say is true. You're a sad joke and you hide behind social media to spread hate and harm to innocent people for your own ends!...
  • If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!
    I was recently approached by "Context Art Gallery" from Venice Italy on IG, asking to show 2 of my pieces at 3 international art fairs for 2 years. Is this the same experience that you had?...
  • ITSLIQUID GROUP
    I also have been talking with them, but I decided not to participate in it. It just doesn't feel... right....
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    November 28, 2022- They are yet another vanity gallery and it is so easy to get sucked in ; seems to take every bit of self esteem to ward off the ever increasing money scams....
  • ITSLIQUID GROUP
    I feel you bro! Completely agree with you and have exactly the same feelings. I Almost closed a deal with them for an exhibition in Barcelona and backed up last minute because of the expenses. Unfortunately it looks like we have to put money in order to -maybe- get some money back. Money that we do not have in most cases. Where is the art?...
  • PAKS Gallery and MAMAG Museum invite to exhibit at Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel Week and Carrousel du Louvre
    I used to get those mails on a regular basis. Very expensive + you have to pay almost a year in advance. Plus the arts that I saw on their portfolios and pictures looked quite amateurish. It looks to me that anyone who can afford to pay in order to call himself an "artists" can go there. Money talks and....walks. Doesn't look like anyone curates, as long as you can pay......
  • Agora
    All of you who have exhibited at the Agora Gallery: How much did you pay and how much did sell?...
  • Agora
    They paid for everything? You didn't pay anything at all? How much did you sell? Do you have a homepage or social media so we can check if you are real and not just another scammer? I believe you when I see the proof....
  • Photographers should think twice about entering LensCulture
    I have never submitted work - so the high res and no copyright submissions are of concern - but no experience here. Though quite surprised - This is a fine photo magazine to which I have subscribed for years and keep the past issues in my library. The journal was recommended by MFA graduates in Photography at MassArt as one of THE magazines in photography to follow....
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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