Liquid Group

A reader posted “I would consider adding an entry for It’s Liquid Group run by Luca Curci. Mr Curci would typically put out open calls to artists exhibit works as part of a festival with no mention of a entry/ submission or participation fee. Artists would send work to be considered for inclusion and they would often receive a response from Mr Curci, asking for a fee ranging from €50 to €200 (sometimes even more) for each work that has been submitted. Such fees are never mentioned in the original open call.

I have included some links below which go into detail about these so-called ‘opportunities’:

https://badartbad.blogspot.co.uk/2007/12/luca-curci-and-artexpo-scam.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20150203070027/http://rhizome.org/discuss/16764/
https://osdir.com/ml/culture.internet.spectre/2006-01/msg00024.html “

13 comments
  • Bex

    I ended up here after having a bit of a weird interaction with this, found their open call for a show in London, applied. Got an email back in less than a few hours saying I’ve been accepted and that there’s a fee involved and it’s based on the number and size of works. I thought hmm I guess, well see how much. Had to fill in an application form, submitted two paintings and they came back to me with the fee totalling £900+ taxes!!! I’m a young artist and work at a bar as my day job so politely declined since I couldn’t afford it. This already gave me weird vibes if I’m honest. They email me back the next morning saying after speaking to the director they’ve decided to give me a “super special fee” (this is actually what they called it lol) of £450+ taxes but I have to reply within the day. Glad I ended up on here and decided to pass on this. Have seen a few articles about them but never seen the fees be this much..

  • Mauro De Giorgi

    Same for me. I’ve unsubscribed several time. This time I’ve replied quoting the law on privacy and spam (in Italian is called “Articolo.13 della Direttiva 2002/58/CE ).
    We better spread the word in order to avoid that other artists, especially young emerging artists, fall into this fraud.

    Best regards

  • Anonymous

    One of the reviews I read said that pay to play wasn’t disclosed until after the work had been delivered. When payment was not made the work was confiscated.

  • Michelle Heron

    I continue to receive many emails from ItsLiquid even though i’ve unsubcribed several times. I’m going to get my Italian friend to contact the organiser as they’re really annoying me now. I hate the fact that they’re ripping off artists and seem to be getting away with it.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to warn anyone contemplating entering the following art show to be very careful! http://www.itsliquid.com/
    The give-aways! – I was accepted after submitting – and the cost of exhibiting work is very high. I went online to check them out – to find lots of adverse feedback! It’s a scam. Never give your money to people or your artwork without doing your homework first.

  • anonymous

    Yes me too, I get regular annoying emails from them asking to submit and I once had an exhibition with them and they did not look after me at all. They also had someone from USA who worked with them for the Venice Biennale who treated us badly and yet Its Liquid did not care. They also have not yet returned an artwork of mine 2 years on! Its Liquid also failed to sell any of our artworks and really dont look after anyone except themselves. They are happy to rob us hundreds of dollars and not do anything for us.

  • anonymous

    http://www.itsliquid.com/call-visions-the-garden-of-liquid-identities-venice.html
    Applied and was accepted. THEN they tell you their fees.
    The entry fee is:
    .video art category
    – 200 euro for a video selected (no longer than 10 minutes. Longer videos should be discussed apart).
    – 300 euro for a maximum of 2 selected videos (no longer than 10 minutes. Longer videos should be
    discussed apart).
    .painting and photo categories
    – 200 euro for each selected artwork with a maximum dimensions of 30x30cm;
    – 250 euro for each selected artwork with a maximum dimensions of 50x50cm;
    – 500 euro for each selected artwork with a maximum dimensions of 100x100cm.
    .installation/sculpture category
    – 500 euro for selected work with a maximum dimension of 100x100cm (or for 1 square metre of space).
    Artworks/series bigger than 1 square metre are allowed. The entry fee for bigger and special projects,
    complex and innovative installations can be discussed with the organization.

  • no

    Yep, Curci tricked me good. I didn’t even APPLY, but was contacted. I sent a piece for a show in Italy, was asked for a fee of hundreds of dollars, and Curci never sent the work back after I refused to pay.

    Later Curci seemed to be a doing a “pay for a review of your work” thing where he was writing reviews of famous artists then working in (I assume) paid reviews so people could say “Look at that, my artwork is right there next to [famous person].”

  • Nayda Cuevas

    In 2015 i had a trip planned to Italy for a month. I saw the call for artist by Liquid group, exhibition that would be held during my visit, i submitted and three days before departing for my trip i received notice of acceptance and yes a 300Euro fee to be paid. I figured it to be an investment and opportunity to attend the reception in a foreign country. My work was small enough to travel with me. I did have to ship my work from Florence to Venice and have it return to my departing city in Rome. I will say that MR. Crucci and staff were professional and kept really good communication with me through out. The place in Venice was a little hard to find but well attended. In my opinion not all the work was to my professional quality but my work was highlighted with another amazing artist and so i was really content. I do not think I would have shipped off my work internationally with the unknown of arriving on time etc. So for me it was a good opportunity to experience and see in person the hrd work these individuals go through to curate and put up a show while managing a group of artist and their work. If i were curating shows and working that hard i would like to get paid and pay my team.

    • Sarah Carter-Jenkins

      Hi there Nadya, I am an artist who has been contacted to show work with It’s Liquid at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice in December 2017-Jan 2018. As I will be in Venice in January I thought I might as well do it (and yes, pay the fee). I just wanted to check that they are legitimate event planners, and they do actually hold exhibitions. I know many artists are horrified by the suggestion that they pay to exhibit, but as long as they provide a service that does not worry me too much. Your post says that your experience was positive and I just wanted to check that they were reliable with dates and venues, etc?

  • DB

    I agree. This group seems to appear at first to look a bit more legit, or at least have a curated selection process (the hook is the no submission fee). They sock you with a ton of information on multiple international calls, and then eventually when you inquire the 200-500+ fees are buried in their information. And I have had a hard time qualifying any of the shows against any tangible media or industry support. Some of the photos of shows look like they are just showing large unframed prints of actual paintings. also was very hard to clearly understand how work would be handled/received/charges regarding shipping etc. The biggest flag on all these types of solicitations seems to be charging a significant fee to show, as well as charging the artist round trip shipping. simply to show some work in a “Castle” (PAKS gallery is another similar solicitation) or winery or some exotic venue in the heart of Venice etc. If anyone has actually shown with either of these orgs i would love to hear how it went. I would love to be wrong, but it seems you end up showing work in a show that has little recognition, pay a lot of money, and are included in some catalog or magazine, or the best “a online listing” on a site no one goes to to view contemporary art. If I am off base in this assessment please reply with details. I hope someone has had a good experience, but I have my doubts.

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