How's My Dealing? 2.0

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

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  • 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....
  • Vogue magazine
    Just for curiosity: How much does an ad like this in Vogue cost? I have heard from several artists about their experiences with similar magazines. For example, House&Garden asks for approx. £1000 for an advertisement in three issues. The ads are really small and are next to dozens of others. Ads like these don't help sell more art, so you're not getting your money's worth. The art "featured" in these magazines is mostly pretty poor, amateurish...
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thank you too, same email ......
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    I was just approached by Galeria Azur as well, similar to how others have outlined here. So glad I went with my gut feeling and did a bit of research on them before signing anything. Thank you all for sharing your experiences. It helps out so many others from galleries like this that take advantage of artists, especially emerging artists....
  • If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!
    He fuckrd me over also but I told him I will kill him and hit my art back. He’s a fuvking fraud...
  • Beware of the scam
    I was victim of Florianao Massera and the flyer art gallery too. Don't trust him, he is a real scammer. He promises a lot of things, he takes your money, but there is nothing more. He is megalomaniac and mythomaniac...
  • Venice International Art Fair?
    As best I can tell, this is not really a "Fair" at all. I think it is just IT's Liquid recruiting artists to pay to have their work hung in a group show. I was contacted, applied, was accepted, and then went through a run around process about cost and logistics that has been completely unprofessional. I would only do this if you need another line on your CV or want an excuse (expense) to...
  • Venice International Art Fair?
    I don't think this is even a "Fair" at all. I have gotten an invite so I applied, got accepted, and have continued to go back and forth with the "Project Coordinator" about cost and logistics. Best I can tell, this is an exhibition by It's Liquid in Venice. So it is a gallery renting out wall space to artists. And even still, I had to go back and forth way too many times to...
  • Parallax Art fair / PAF
    Thanks for all these comments, it helps to make the decision if I should partake, conclusion is RUN!...
  • Parallax Art fair / PAF
    agree. Mostly first (and last) time exhibitors (losers) there like me. The luckier ones can sell some small prints for 50 quids but most of them brings home all their artworks displayed. :( The most annoying thing is that damned Instagram: even they are losers they make shiny posts about their success. This way encourage other losers to burn money on this scam....
  • Residency Arquetopia
    I just got back from a «Mexican embroidery» residency program at Arquetopia, Oaxaca. The bottom line is: Don’t do it! I planned and dreamed about this for almost a year and it was awful. The place of the residency is located in a town with absolutely nothing to do, we would get so depressed in the weekends. The town is 40 minutes away from Oaxaca de Juarez, and the residency space is ugly to say the least,...
  • DAC Concepts Miami Florida
    Maria is a scammer. I have a email trail of about 30 artists that paid the admin fee and she didn’t so much as promote an artwork Instagram. When she realised the artists were talking of reporting she replied finally to the thread saying she was disappointed and that her email was going to junk. Then again after that she disappeared. The worst part she collected money from vulnerable artists just before CoVId and there...
  • Arquetopia Oaxaca
    They are awful...
  • If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!
    Any joy with tracking Marco down ? I want my art back!...
  • If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!
    I too have recently been scammed by this man, via his gallery ‘’context art gallery, Venice’ Any further info on how to track him down would be useful I want my art back at the least!!!...
  • Vogue magazine
    I also got emails from Vogue UK. Entered into long email correspondence but before I paid, I messaged an artist that was in previous editions, and she replied saying she had published with them a few times, and it AD. I finally declined as I didn't like the quality of the images and it seemed like a $240 vanity project....
  • 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....
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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