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...
Alert: European Cultural Center Scam

The European Cultural Center is contacting artists and asking them to pay them 15000 Euro to participate in one of their exhibitions, and is also not offering to pay for transportation of artwork. They do no fundraising and offer no financial assistance for the individual artists they contact. All of the listed sponsors on their website are not real, and the ECC does not raise money for artists. Artists themselves are being asked to do the fundraising on the behalf of the ECC, and the ECC does not have a dedicated fundraiser. They expect the artists they invite to fundraise…

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Contemporary Art Curator (Magazine)

I must strongly advice against this. I bought an award from them with the link I got. At the same time an artist who doesn’t like me sent an email to the magazine advicing them not to accept my payment because of a social media conversation where I told that this award can be bought and it’s nothing but a vanity gallery. This conversation took place in a closed Facebook group. The magazine didn´t except my purchase, I got refunded and now the magazine is threatening me with a lawyer for the things I have said in that Facebook group.…

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Excellance art Gallery in Mirabella, Spain

I received an Instagram message from @excellanceartgallery from Guiseppe Carnevale. He then called me- I did ask him to- after he went to my website and saw my work. A very congenial fellow I must say- and he offered me a solo show in Spain with up to 20 paintings, one painting in a show in Paris, one painting in a show in Monte Carlo, and two paintings in a show in Porto Banos, Spain. Plus a single page in a prominent European Art Magazine. And the package price is 15,500 Euros….. I haven’t seen him or the gallery listed…

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This has to be a scam

I subscribed to their EAP site after an approach from their agent. I then cancelled as I found their website impenetrable and their customer service non-existent. Now, 9 months later, they have made an unauthorised withdrawal from my account.

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Galeria Moderna

Does anyone have any experience of this gallery? I’ve received regular invitations to submit paintings for exhibitions, you just pay the ‹35 fee.

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Dab Art now Cheating Artists in LA

Yessica Torres is now cheating artists in Los Angeles with her illegal business practices. She has no Gallery Downtown. Her business is online. She uses three different names (Yessinia, Yessica Russel Torres, Yessica Torres de Marin). She is vile, an alcoholic and uncaring for the artistic community. The Dab Art LA phone number is 213,260.0556 Dab Art claims Gallery Appointments are available, when they are not. It’s a shame such a vile person is associated with the artistic community. Our hearts go out to everyone here.

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Banditto Residency

I was contacted by Roy Ockers in 2020, asking for a fee to submit artwork to ‘apply’ for Banditto Residency. When I ignored his first email, he sent another offering me a discount on the fee. When I checked on the Banditto Residency info online, there was a section saying anyone contacting previous resident artists would not be eligible to apply. That’s weird. There is a list of previous residents, they are all real artists. When I looked at their web sites there is no mention in their CV etc about the residency. Also weird, any artist who won a…

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Spanierman Modern

This dealer, Spanierman Modern, falsely claims location of actual galleries. When I did not want to work with him anymore, he refused to return my work for months and when I finally received it it was barely packed and damaged. His excuse, his wife was leaving him. He would not submit to his insurance company or take any responsibility to repair.

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PAKS Gallery, Vienna/other locations

For more than a year i have been spammed with mails from this gallery. They use my full name followed by the sentence: “as you know, gallery repressentation is very important for the artist’s career.” I find this marketing strategy very aggressive since i politely stated as a reply to the first mail i got – that i didn’t need repressentation by a foreign gallery. I did not block the email, because i wanted to see, what they were “tempting” me with. It is a pay-for-play/vanity gallery and i read some negative reviews online that has confirmed this is not…

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SPANIERMAN MODERN MIAMI

Gavin Spanierman kept my work after being asked to return it. He had no consignment. He finally put the works in a truck, threw bubble wrap over it and delivered it to Brooklyn, Paintings were damage.He did not insure the shipment. Furthermore he claims to have galleries in NY and Miami in online talks. They both have been closed. He did not pay an art writer. He berated an art handler at a public museum event. Stay clear of this dealer.

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