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Margery

Mar 2, 2010

BUYER BEWARE

If you subscibe to anything art-related, or have a website, or a blog, or buy art supplies, or even think of taking up painting-you've received an email from someone offering you exhibition space, whether online space or real world.
I decided to look into just one, rather than throw it down the spam shoot. As far as I can learn, and that's not a lot, it doesn't seem to be a scam, but rather a money making venture for whoever decided to find an empty store or warehouse and send out email invitations. This particular one is named New Art Originals, and they've gone from an online "gallery" to, and I quote, Exciting Physical Space in London.
A little exploration with Google street view show a part of the city that I wouldn't want to be in after dark, plus the address of 65 Hanbury St shows what I assume is the former occupant, a gallery.
Strychnin Gallery. True. I bet that gallery had a big following.
So....They rent space, which they call slots. Hmmpf. 1000 square feet per slot. Which could be 10 feet of space if the gallery has a 10 foot high ceiling. If it has a 20 foot ceiling, your slot is 5 feet wide. Etc.
  So....You can rent one space, er, slot, for one or three days. A one day slot including "website registration"
          (why?) is $308. US. A three day slot is $772 US. 
                  There's a Special Introductary Offer, but you get the idea.
 There is no talk of jurying, naturally. Or insurance, and of course the shipping is your problem. I shudder to think. All in all a can of worms. But endeavors like this stay in business because some artists need that line on their resume.Has exhibited in London, or Paris, or Florence.
You can rent space in New York at some pretty good locations, but you rent by the foot.Vanity galleries are big business. Art is big business. Except for the artist. And ain't that a shame.

4 comments:

  1. It IS a shame. The amount of artist-targeted spam has been on a steady increase since I started blogging.

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  2. I've been getting a lot of these too -- just in the past month -- a mix of individual scammers and these group offers. There's an outfit based in Greece that wants something like $750 for two pages in a book, local places that advertise "over 15,000 cars drive past our gallery daily on this busy street" -- the list expands weekly!!

    As a friend of mine says in a comment similar to yours, "There are a lot of people making money off art. Too bad it isn't the artists."

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  3. The sad part is that being published validates your painting in the eyes of the public, who doesn't know from vanity galleries and vanity publications.

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  4. PS-Chris- re your comment. I got a kick out of that line about "15000 cars driving past our gallery daily"
    Did you ask if any stopped?

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