Art Platform NYC http://www.artplatformnyc.com is a very good international art scam. It formerly went by Art Approach NYC and is now opening a branch in Washington DC, http://www.artplatformdc.com They have a rather professional website, with lots of talented artists and art shows around the world. They contact you by email to say they have been following your work and would like to represent you. They offer various packages, differing in price range and the amount of work they will do to represent you. They offer exhibitions, presence on their website and copies of, high-resolution, coffee-table size art books with your work, to be sold on Amazon, at B&N, and given to gallery directors and curators. The books never materialize. They especially target artists outside of the US because they can then (and do) make multiple charges to credit cards for which there is no legal recourse as the US (they are based in NYC) has no jurisdiction for credit card fraud that is not perpetrated here. They have a very good grifter as a front person, named Juliette Townsend. She is knowledgeable, charming, and very clever. She is the person to hook the artist. Then over the course of months the artists receive emails that are in broken english from various people with one name (supposedly part of the organization, who break appointments, make excuses for things not moving forward as planned and discussed, and promises for better services. When the books don’t materialize and you finally realize you have been scammed, it is often too late to do anything. I have been in touch with over 50 artists from their website who have had the same experience. Legal pursuit has proved fruitless. Some of the artists, those that used credit cards that were charged multiple times, have had some success in getting the money returned by the credit card companies. Others have not been so lucky. Some of us have made reports at http://www.ripoffreports.com which is a great site! All these galleries should be listed there for the benefit of other artists. The reports take minutes to make, come up on line within a half hour, and climb in google rather rapidly, so that within days, they start to show up right under the organization that has been reported, when you google that organization. This warns off other artists so they cannot continue to operate quite as effectively. Art Platform NYC actually shut down it’s website for a week and rearranged everything on it when the reports started to come up.
A reader said “I received an e-mail from a buyer asking to purchase one of the paintings on my website. He sent me what looked like a cashiers check to pay for the painting and the shipping and asked that I send a payment to the shipper ASAP because he had scheduled a pick up. I went to the bank first to make sure the check was good. After several days of investigating they told me it was fake. In the meantime the buyer was pressuring me to pay the shipper or he’d cancel the sale. I know artists who have been taken in by this.”
Anyone else have experiences like this?