How's My Dealing? 2.0

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

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  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thank you, guys, for posting your experiences! ....
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    I also got this email. Thank you, guys, for posting this....
  • ADC – Art Comes Alive Competition
    Thanks for sharing your experience with ADC. I will check my gallery contracts from now on to make sure it says 50% of the sale price. I know this isn’t your major complaint with ADC but why would you be responsible for delivery and installation? Isn’t that part of what the gallery commission covers? I had a piece with ADC in another art fair. Not only did I have to pay commission if it sold but...
  • ADC – Art Comes Alive Competition
    Subject: ADC Fine Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio January 22, 2023 I write this letter solely for the purpose of informing my fellow artists far and near about an experience I had with this Gallery. I was represented by ADC Fine Art during Art Basel Miami 2022 in the Red Dot Art Fair. Litsa Spanos, Owner of the gallery called me on Monday December 5, 2022 to inform me that one of my large mosaics had...
  • PAKS Gallery and MAMAG Museum invite to exhibit at Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel Week and Carrousel du Louvre
    Recently I received the same email... I dont know anything about it, but it seems doesnt have a curatorial work, but, if you have money to pay you are there... If its a good chance? I dont know, I didn't go ahead with this dubious proposal......
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    They just contacted me as well, I looked at their website and google reviews and researched some of the people, all seems legit. Although their team huge. This thread is the only info that made my Spidey sense perk up. One of the assistants Daiana messaged me. I'm going to speak to her and ask her some questions out of curiosity....
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    Thank you for sharing this and for the others that also took the time. Doing our research is very important for artists. Just as important to alert others. I can delete the email without a thought now!...
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Vanity galleries like this their keep expenses to a minimum because they know that the art they present will not sell. It's because they choose beginners or young artists who haven't gained experience and recognition yet. If you research more closely what kind of artists have collaborated with them, you'll probably see the reason why their art doesn't sell. Have you really liked the art this gallery have on display? Would you buy art from the...
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    I hope you didn't sign the contract! Shipping costs are usually paid by the gallerist, even in online galleries such as Saachi Art. Did you check Artsy how much they've sold? Did you ask for sales figures from the person who contacted you? They rush the deal because they don't want you to check out reviews and think more carefully. No need to hurry, do your research thoroughly. Rush is always a red flag!...
  • Contemporary Art Curator (Magazine)
    Dear Maria Keinonen, I will copy my reply here for you again. It’s more than strange that you don’t answer our emails but instead blackmail us from other emails ( we see all IPs). I would like to explain the situation for the people who read this: 1) Somehow, you got the link and wanted to use it to get the award. We discovered your scam immediately. 2) You started blackmailing us and writing unpleasant things about us. 3) We emailed...
  • UAE Art Collector / Global Art Awards / Global Art Agency
    Global Art Agency has taken deposits from Artists and then ghosted them!! WARNING!!! They have done this for Amsterdam and Oxford!! Now they are also promoting Tokyo. I paid for a booth for Amsterdam Art Fair 2022, and I still haven't heard back from them. They blocked me on social media and didn't answer my emails. Now they even deleted their website. The Owner of Global Art Agency is Joelle Dinnage. Joelle Dinnage is scammer. Now she...
  • Bruno Massa
    Yes, so have I but I don’t know a thing about them, sorry...
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thank you to everyone who has posted on here about this gallery. I have also been contacted by them via Instagram and immediately suspected they were a vanity gallery. But seeing all of these posts really is helpful. Be very wary peeps!...
  • Residency Arquetopia
    I have participated in multiple international artist residencies - these residencies often had a supply stipend and travel expenses paid. Having said that, I found the Arquetopia residency to be extremely valuable to my practice- I have been twice and plan to return again. The readings and conversations with Francisco and Nayeli were incredibly valuable and led to breakthroughs in my work and in my writing. I found it to be a nurturing environment where...
  • colorida galeria de arte Lisbon
    Warning! I can only warn against this gallery. I never got the 14 works from my exhibition back. When I wanted to return my works and needed the weight and size of the package for the transport company, I suddenly got no answer. It wasn't until a while later that I received an email telling me that I had exceeded the collection deadline. From my mail history they had deleted my mails asking about the...
  • Scam Starvd Art Gallery Singapore
    Hello Andrew Leddy/Paton. I presume you wrote the comment below. Everything written in the original post is true. You are undeniably a thief and a plagiarist and a low-rent bore. I suppose you could argue that the 'low-rent bore' description is subjective, but as to your being a 'thief' and a 'plagiarist', I could get thirty people here in Australia to swear to your being a thief and a plagiarist without raising a sweat. If...
  • Artifact Gallery
    Now December 22 I have got a Instagram message about solo exhibition from Martin Bernstein. we would like to discuss an opportunity of your possible solo exhibition at our gallery space. Please email me at info[at]artifactnyc.net if you have any questions. Best regards, Martin Bernstein Is this gallery a gallery that only accepts money from the artist and does not lead to the next step of the artist's career?...
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    I received same email from Galeria Azir Berlin. How depressing to find out it’s all a scam. They seemed legit and professional, so did Sophia the curator contacting me. So glad I decided to google. So if a gallery is really interested you don’t have to pay for shipping and promos? Vanity galleries are bad karma for them not the artist....
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    I am very glad I found this feed and did some research. I had no idea these types of things were happening. I just got an email two days ago from Galeria Azir to represent me for a $1300 fee or $3800 premium fee for a year of promotions on artsy another website, and a month in physical gallery. Shipping paid by artist. The email and website, contract looked very legit. 30% their cut....
  • The Art Letters and Numbers in Averill Park
    Response to the “scratching around for supplies” comment about Arte Studio Ginestrelle. I was one of their first residents, and saw the efforts that the owner made to accommodate artists and make connections to show their work in Assisi. Do your research before you do a residency, arrange for supplies to be shipped to you, or pick them up en route in Florence. It is unfair to slander a legitimate and hardworking residency owner....
  • Galeria Azur Madrid
    Thanks for sharing this- just got contacted by them and seemed very fishy!!...
  • Scam Starvd Art Gallery Singapore
    Stop perpetuating stalking and hate "anonymous" - leave this guy alone. None of what you say is true. You're a sad joke and you hide behind social media to spread hate and harm to innocent people for your own ends!...
  • If you’re approached by “Gallerist” Marco Antonio Patrizio – Run!
    I was recently approached by "Context Art Gallery" from Venice Italy on IG, asking to show 2 of my pieces at 3 international art fairs for 2 years. Is this the same experience that you had?...
  • ITSLIQUID GROUP
    I also have been talking with them, but I decided not to participate in it. It just doesn't feel... right....
  • Galería Azur Madrid: vanity gallery
    November 28, 2022- They are yet another vanity gallery and it is so easy to get sucked in ; seems to take every bit of self esteem to ward off the ever increasing money scams....
  • 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....
NYC Artwalk

an “art fair” where an organization that claims in it’s own words “is not affiliated with any art collectives nor artist-run organizations” contacts artists via instagram to apply to be displayed at their various exhibition locations. The exhibitions that artists pay for are posters pasted up against scaffolding and the outside border of outdoor dining areas – so in some places, the middle of the street. They target people who are not able to actually see the work in person, i.e international artists from Kenya, etc. Usually these take place nearby where a legitimate art fair is going on. So…

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Worldwide publications

I picked up 3 books which were being given away at no charge on a gallery table in a prime spot at ARTExpo NYC. I saw many fairgoers walk by my booth with the books. Layout and printing were great so I spoke with the curator of the books. She was upfront about prices and deadlines. This is a legit pay to publish company which gives out the books at major art fairs.

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EMERGING ARTIST PLATFROM

Run away from them. This a big fraud; They charge you the annual fees, and then don’t comply with the promised services, they stop answering your emails. Then, they charge you again the following year even if you have canceled your subscription. Their website is empty : you can’t find cancellation policy, no Terms and Conditions. Phone number is not working. Many very bad experiences are posted by disappointed artists as comments to the pictures in the EAP Instagram. RUN AWAY

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Photographers should think twice about entering LensCulture

This Dutch-based organisation, lensculture.com, run by an American guy in Amsterdam, try to claim to some heavyweight affiliations — I was suckered in by their mention of Magnum, FOAM, and The Guardian — which they have little if anything to do with — and dealing with them was not good. After they pocket your initial fee, their so-called “expert” practitioner “1:1 Reviews” feedback seemed like it had been cut and pasted; it directly contradicted information I’d provided in the bio, showing they didn’t read anything I’d written. I’m not alone in that, it seems, from what I’ve read elsewhere on…

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Dab Art Company has posted one of my photographs for sale for $600 without my knowledge or permission.

Dab Art Company has posted one of my photographs for sale for $600 without my knowledge or permission. To top that, they have stated on their website with my image that they can provide a Certificate of Authenticity for the work. Ha! This is a highly illegal operation. They obtained the work either by taking it off of Instagram or Facebook. This particular image is not on my website and has never been. Beware

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Inigo Philbrick in the mid to late 2000s

I met Inigo Philbrick in the mid 2000s, at a Salon, which his ex landlord and ex boss had organized together. I remember when Inigo spoke, he described so vividly this image of three nuns by the sea (I think it was a painting he had seen), I can still recall the images he created with his description. Anyways. He was very young and, you could tell immediately that he was very bright. Over the following 3, 4 years I hang out with him semi-randomly. Meaning we’d exchange an email once in a while and maybe meet two, three, four…

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PAKS Gallery and MAMAG Museum invite to exhibit at Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel Week and Carrousel du Louvre

I recently received an email from the curator Heinz Playner telling me their curator team was impressed by my work. They sent an invitation and an offer to exhibit my art in 2022 at the MAMAG Modern Art Museum in Austria. Also that the Paks gallery would like to represent me and an offer to participate in the International Fine Biennale Basel, ART BASEL ART WEEK IN 2023, ALSO THE CANNES fILM fESTIVAL, and also in the Carrousel du Louvre. Has anyone been involved with the PAKS Gallery in Vienna or the MAMAG Museum with such an offer? What was…

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emergingartistplatofrm scam

Emergingartistplatform is a scam. They took £29.99 from me and from then on it has been total silence. I can’t phone them and they don’t answer emails. I have advised my bank to block any further transaction with them.

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ITSLIQUID GROUP

I came here looking for reviews, info. It is very expensive! But I think a lot of people don’t know how expos work, expos are paid by galleries & artists to have a space in a warehouse/ large conference space etc. Expos cost money, the organizers have to pay spaces, even if they make deals with hotels or whatever, they have expenses of marketing, rentals, promotion, printed materials. It’s not going to be free, and they can get away from not disclosing upfront the cost because it’s understood that to take part in an art fair/expo, you pay the space/…

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Itsliquid

I had one exhibition in Venice and it all looked nice. After that, they asked me if I would join another one for a discount price. I said yes, but later they charge me 50% more. After that, I decided to go and take a look, how this event looks like. And it was pitiful; I will not say, they put pictures nice and the place is beautiful. But there were just a few people at the exhibition and I guess there were even fewer visitors. I know it is not a great situation for art, but they could say…

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