How's My Dealing? 2.0

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

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  • 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....
  • Art Platform NYC
    A dreadful scam!...
  • Brick Lane Gallery
    All the comments over the years are totally adequate, It is one of all these galleries who basically live off the artist who want to habe a chance to exhibit and think this is the way..there are tons..itsliquid, redgallery, visual artist association etc… It is a big business, using the artist , making money with them and the artist does not gain anything… Wait until someone really wants you , they ll find you , contact you and...
  • World Wide Art Books Inc.
    Hi [Artist’s Name], I sent you a message a few weeks ago about participation in our projects. Did you receive it? I am pasting it here as well. I would appreciate if you let me know. All the best Diana Taylor I saw your work online and I liked it so I would like to invite you to participate in our art projects. Our projects are the following: 1. Participation in major art fairs, such as...
  • Clio Art Fair (the Anti-Fair)
    This fair will not help your career as far as I can tell. If you want to show your work find a space, get great artists to chip in and advertise the show yourselves. Build your following over a few years, do not think a one time thing will do anything for your career........ after a couple of years you will establish your own show and people will come because of the buzz about...
  • PAKS Gallery and MAMAG Museum invite to exhibit at Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel Week and Carrousel du Louvre
    I have also received the same email from Paks with the same offer. They send me one every year. I have not her participated as it’s expensive. I noticed their Instagram page @paksgallery does not highlight any sales or much engagement and work of low quality like Faeries and pixies....
  • Agora
    As an attorney you may be correct about the wording, but it is still deceptive. It is not that an artist "Expects" to sell work, but traditionally, galleries take 50% of sales, and do not charge the artists to hang ther work. Everyone wants to sell and knows that is not guaranteed, but for Agora, sales are beside the point since they already made their money on artist fees! Imagine this - a book...
  • Galleria Huuto
    Galleria Huuto is quite highly appreciated gallery in Finland. Actually it’s not easy to get your artwork there to be displayed. You need to fill an application. Not all artists who apply are chosen to display there. It’s quite common in Finland that you need to pay some fee, but galleries like Huuto are not vanity galleries, because art there is very high quality and they don’t approach artists. Artists need to approach them and sent...
  • If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!
    He’s done lots of people wrong! Let’s find him...
  • Agora
    Why is this under Agora gallery? Galleria Huuto is quite highly appreciated gallery in Finland. Actually it's not easy to get your artwork there to be displayed. You need to fill an application. Not all artists who apply are chosen to display there. It's quite common in Finland that you need to pay some fee, but galleries like Huuto are not vanity galleries, because art there is very high quality and they don't approach artists. Artists need...
  • Residency Arquetopia
    I had a 4 week residency in Puebla earlier this year. At the end of pandemic I was so excited to be actually out and among artists again! And that was the good part - to spend some time with other artists, and I am still in contact with some who I hope to see again one day. But otherwise? What a truly horrible place/program - if you could call it any kind...
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    Yes unfortunately, you are correct about everything you said above. Glad that you didn’t get sucked in. I was new on scene when I bought into there 12 month contract for an online show. Prior to signing, I communicated with many other artists they “represented”, asking the same questions but received good reviews, which was confusing because when I approached the sales team to ask about sales numbers, I only received vague and abstract answers....
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    If I have understood correctly Galeria Azur is an auction house in Argentina. In Europe (Madrid & Berlin) they make money by charging artists, not by selling art. It's a full blown vanity gallery. Some artists don't understand that or just refuse to admit it, so the gallery is making lot of money. I'm surprised they haven't commented here already, because in Google Maps reviews they are replying to the bad reviews in a panic...
  • The Emerging Artist Platform
    We changed a credit card last year, reported the scam to the bank, and still got charged! Stay away from EAP Scammers! You won't be able to cancel the account after giving them all your info! Don't!...
  • Artifact Gallery
    It's now August 2022, and I got my turn being contacted by Martin Bernstein and Artifact NYC. After a little back and forth, they stopped communicating. Checked out google maps pictures, reviews, and found this thread. As usual, if it sounds too good to be true (and includes a lot of boasting), it's not real. It's tricky getting an art career going without falling prey to a vanity gallery. Thanks guys, I just saved myself...
  • ADC – Art Comes Alive Competition
    I also participated in the Art Comes Alive. Had a special shipping box made for sending the painting. When it was shipped back, it was poorly wrapped in cheap cardboard and they kept the shipping box, which they verified when I telephoned them. Their cavalier response was ( from the gallery head), well at least you got your piece back....
  •  Contemporary Art Curator (Magazine)
    I could even name the person who wrote this. Dear Lady, the scam is your company that takes money from artists, cancels events and doesn't get money back. Next time, please use more creativity in your pathetic comments. Have a beautiful weekend! Best wishes, Marta Puig...
  • Banditto Residency
    With a name like banditto what would you expect?🤣...
  • Excellance art Gallery in Mirabella, Spain
    If you have to pay to show it’s a vanity gallery that makes their income from fees not sales....
  • Laguna Art Gallery
    I did a show with them back on July 4th 2019. It was kind of a bust for what I paid for, I sold two prints...not nearly enough to make up the cost of the space. They advertised the show to artists as being part of the Laguna Art Walk but I don't think they advertised it very much to the public. There was some foot traffic due to it being July...
  • Thierry Goldberg Gallery does not pay his MFA artists
    It's true...
Galería Gaudí

Galería Gaudí in Madrid -they offered to exhibit 5 works in Singapore for €1,400 with 40% commission. Work was to be exhibited in a hotel, (which I hear is fairly common in Singapore) but unlikely to attract uninvited guests

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Vogue magazine

Vogue magazine in the U.K. contacted me saying they wanted to feature my paintings in an interior design pull out. Of course I was delighted until I found out they were actually trying to sell me a small tacky advertising spot.

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Contemporary Art Projects USA

Reader Submitted; Contemporary Art Projects USA Website: http://contemporaryartprojectsusa.com/ Below is the fee break-down that this agent will charge you. Remember, on top of it, the artists are responsible for shipping the work to and from the amenity. AND they will charge a 30% commission on sold work. They probably make money on artist fees alone. There is no incentive for them to sell your work. When you receive a message from this agent wanting to promote you work, do not bother your time message back. FEES: $1,900 One Piece: space, hanging and curating process  Size: Maximum 40” x 40”…

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Gallery DeBoer

Reader submitted – any feedback or experience from others? Gallery DeBoer located in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. Total scammer the owner Ron De Boer is. Artists beware. He takes his 50% commission fails to call artists when their work sells, charges over the top delivery fees for a 10 minute delivery, intentionally hides work in the galleries storage area ( in hopes it will be lost or the artist will forget the work is there) and frequently adds random fees to artists without consent or permission. I was charged an additional $100 for them to copy and paste my bio…

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Galleri Quirinius

A reader wrote – Interartex.org and Galleri Quirinius Swedish, where you pay a high price to take part in group exhibitions with 1-3 paintings.  

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La Sala/Royal Cantina

Reader submitted – any feedback /experience here? La Sala/Royal Cantina at 58 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA http://www.cantinaroyal.com They take advantage of artists and performers by having them put down a deposit to use the space and charge show goers food and drinks money. If they make enough with the guests, then the artists are not charged for using the space. They do not have a tip jar for the artists and keep all the money for themselves. Diana Beshara (http://www.dianabeshara.com) and her boyfriend run the place. I went there to see a friend perform, they did…

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Incredible Artists

A reader submits this feedback / experience here? Ricky Pantele of Incredible Artists in California seems highly professional and enthusiastic but has been known to want to change the terms of the contract after signing. Proceed with caution.

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Artrom Gallery

a reader writes this, any feedback/experience here? I had problems with the Artrom Gallery in Rome, Italy. It took me 3 years to get my work back after an invitational exhibit. I was not the only one either, I found another artist that was waiting for her work ever. longer. I found this artist when the gallery owner sent me some pictures after I wrote her many times, where she exhibited my work without my permission with this other artist, well, more like decorated her apartment. Together we got her to finally return our work.

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Art Fusion

A reader writes the following, any feedback / experience here? Miami has a crazy load of galleries in the area called “Wynwood”. LOTS of artists want to be here and it has become so saturated with graffiti you can barely find the front door to a gallery. This saturation has created the next wave which is moving northward, same avenue but northbound. In this Wynwood area is a two story gallery “Art Fusion” jammed with paintings and photography. To make a long story short, just so you know, they charge wall space. 5′ x 10′ = $1800/month. I asked an…

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Caelum Gallery

A reader wrote this – any experience here or feedback? “Caelum Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, is a vanity gallery. Several years ago, I walked in with another artist and the gallery director came over and engaged us in conversation. He took my card and said he’d look at my web site. Then I got a letter from him offering me a section of the gallery for a show — for a $3,000 fee. No, thanks.”

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