World Wide Art Books Inc.
I received an unsolicited email (see it after my comment) from World Wide Art Books Inc. This company publishes art books under the titles International Contemporary Masters, Current Masters and Important World Artists. This publisher “selects” and “approves” artists for their books mainly by sending unsolicited emails.
In the email below, WWAB claimed they contacted me previously and they saw my artwork on a website for an artist organization that I am a member of which both claims are false. For one, I never received an email from WWAB in the past. And second, only my name is on the artist organization’s website, no images or links to images of my artwork exists on the artist organization’s website. Matter of fact, I don’t have a website or an Instagram account yet. Of course this raised a red flag for me so I checked out their website and it indicates an artist has to pay a participation fee of $1385 for just 1 page, up to $9800 for the front cover. I also researched Metropolitan Art Museum in Las Vegas, where WWAB claims artists featured in their publications are invited to exhibit, and this “museum” is actually a vanity gallery on the 2nd floor of a tourist mall on the Vegas strip.
If you receive an email from WWAB, don’t respond, just immediately delete it and block the wwabs.us domain so you won’t receive any more emails from WWAB. Also, I wouldn’t create a portfolio on their artavita.com website because they probably use it to find new victims to scam.
As mentioned above, here’s the email I received:
Dear [Artist’s Name]
I have contacted you in the past about inclusion in our publication but I have not heard back from you. Have you received my message?
I am pasting it below again. I would appreciate if you let me know.
I came across your art though the [the name of place where artist name came from] and I liked it so I would like to invite you to submit your portfolio for inclusion in Current Masters, International Contemporary Masters and Important World Artists three leading juried annual art publications presenting noteworthy artists and photographers from all over the world.
We have a large distribution and the purpose of the book is to promote the artists in it. Besides delivering it for free to galleries, art collectors, museums, etc. we distribute free copies to all visitors and exhibitors in art shows that we participate, such as Spectrum-Red Dot in Miami, Art Expo New York. Only artists who are up to the standards of our art committee are selected.
As a result, the artists in our books are approached by many galleries to exhibit their art.
Please note that inclusion in the books is not free. Approved artists must pay a participation fee which varies according to the number of pages of the artist’s presentation.
Galleries, agencies and groups of 2 or more artists receive special discounts.
Artists appearing in the book are invited to participate in the exhibition organized by WWAB at the Metropolitan Art Museum in Las Vegas, dedicated to each new volume.
You can review our previous books on our site wwab.us (to visit the website you can type the address in your browser)
If you are interested, I can send you detailed information.
We also have a tremendous art portal, artavita.com where artists can create their portfolios for free and sell their art directly to their clients, paying no commissions to anyone! Regardless of inclusion in the books, you can use artavita for your free portfolio and art announcements.
Thanks for reading,
Matt Benson — Assistant Curator
World Wide Art Books Inc.
5533 Cathedral Oaks Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
Tell and 5137
*World Wide Art Books was established in 1997 and we have represented and promoted thousands of artists.
In BBB (Better Business Bureau) which is an organization providing information for every company in the US we are A+ without one single complain all these years.
You can find the link on our website.
If you click on it, you will find all the information about our company.
I spoke with the curator of these books while exhibiting at ARTExpo NYC 2021. I picked up three books from the gallery booth where they were stacked and given away for no charge, and saw many fairgoers walking around with them. The printing and layout were good. This is a legit pay to publish business.
Metropolitan Gallery in Las Vegas is not a vanity gallery. A vanity gallery is a gallery that is supported and hosts the work of a single artist and uses the artists name to represent the gallery and the work in it. The metropolitan gallery hosts the work of many artists from all over the world. World Wide Art Books offers a legitimate service for artists to get their work published in a physical publication. This lays the groundwork for the artists history. All legitimate works of art have a history of physical printed publication. The publishing of books costs money. The graphic design work, the writing, the printing, the binding and transport of the physical final product (the books) costs money in time, labor, materials and other resources. These are necessary steps to go through in order to make a fine art publication necessary.
That definition of a vanity gallery is so inaccurate. Here are true definitions of a vanity gallery:
Also, it takes more than just a “fine art publication” for a piece of artwork to be considered “legitimate works of art.” Matter a fact, that phrase “legitimate works of art” seems like a very narrow minded view of what can and cannot be classified as art.
I’ve received so many email attempts from them in the past. I entertained the idea at first and asked questions about pricing and who the books get sent to. Immediately after receiving the pricing information, I declined the offer and called out the rep for taking advantage of artists. That same rep continued to email me for years until I sent a very curt email instructing them to remove me from their mailing list.