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Terrible reputation with (younger) artists. The owner's husband - a swiss collector - sued Julie Mehretu's gallery for contractual/funding obligations (you can google this story). See how artists are dropped if they don't "perform" in the market.
Anon at 10:16, which artists were "dropped"? Just curious.Also the suit you mention is old news, and as a bystander who followed it in the press, it sounded like the gallery, deluded by its own hype, made the serious mistake of disrespecting, as well as legally breaching a contractual obligation, with a big-time collector.
Terrible reputation seconded. Treat artists slightly better than staff and that is not saying much. She is cold and nasty behind the scenes and he is like a bipolar child. Think Wizard of Oz. She is like the witch and he is comparable to a flying monkey. If it was not for her money, neither would be capable of directing traffic let alone a respectable gallery. Too bad they will likely weather the storm, oh and you should google the Mehretu lawsuit. What they did to Christian Haye was disgusting. Granted, he was young and made a silly choice agreeing to Lehmann's terms, but he at least believed in what he was doing, the artists and the artwork and simply needed money. Anyone in the art world should remember 2 things: an artist should never be called to the witness stand in a court of law to testify that their prices are overinflated and a "collector" of living artists should build relationships with artists in order to obtain the work not by bribing young, talented dealers strapped for cash.
Thanks for the comment, Dec 28. The lawsuit issue is relevant, indeed. It's not old news. It's bad karma.Nov 18 needs to take a look at the exhibition history for clues as to who has been dropped. No artists names need to be dragged into the fold. This gallery depends on generating "hype" for their "hot" young artists ...if the artists do not generate the always inflated hype, on to the next. I am speaking of young artists who were in and out with them, not more established names. Again, getting into a situation with this kind of gallery as a young artist (or Mary Boone, Deitch) is believing that the diamond machine is looking out for them, when in fact it is looking to feed itself.
Young artists who left or were pushed out after one or two shows: Pedro Barbeito, Julian LaVerdierre (who has stated in print he wishes he had never left Andrew Kreps), Debra Mesa Pelly, Casey Cook. At least the first two are critically respected artists.
Oh, add Bonnie Collura to the list of in-and-outs. This gallery has put artists in shady situations and they just leave. What I have known of them is that people's careers are sort of pushed aside for short-term selling interests - which are not necessarily successfully accomplished. People can't take it anymore and leave. They do not look out for the (young?) artist's best long-term interests.
Anyone know why Bryan Crockett left them and where he went?
They hired a bunch of people for slave wages over the summer and then laid them all off before, during, and immediately after the holidays without so much as a penny of severance during the worst recession on record. Classy! Anonymous January 7th is so right. They could care less about their artists or longevity of their careers and it is all about short term selling interests which of late do not appear to be so fruitful. Karma, karma, karma. They may have money but if you suck as people it matters oh so little.
A hobby gallery of the first order. They are indeed horrible to their younger artists, slighting them in favor of Tracey Emin, Juergen Teller, and (for a time) David Salle. Run at a staggering deficit for years, they recently hired a business manager to put them in the black. Whether or not that is possible is debatable. What they did to Bryan Crockett, Pedro Barbeito, Bonnie Collura, and Julian LaVerdiere is the stuff of legend. The stories would make your eyes bleed. I don't think they'll necessarily go under, though their new space might not hold up if they're relying on Mr. selling a bunch of work. I'm not sure what they're really interested in besides fashion. David's long-time partner is a real peach who's the editor of T Magazine, formerly with Esquire. One thing can be said: David and Rachel sure can wear some clothes.
They picked up a friend right out of Yale MFA, paraded him around art-fairs, bloated his ego, then dropped him before they even gave him a solo show. This obvious isn't a gallery for young artists unless you are a young cash cow like Hernan Bas.
Courtney Plummer feuding with Bethanie Brady again. Lots of laughs about Courtney's addiction to having her picture taken.
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