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I participated in an impromptu group exhibition recently in this gallery. The outside curator was told this short run exhibition would have a closing reception. Before the reception even began the gallery had de-installed the entire show, with no explanation.Many people showed up to find an empty gallery!Not cool, since most of the artists came in from out of town to see the show! Very unprofessional!As a gallery director myself-- I couldn't believe it. Who takes down a show the last day the exhibit is open to the public--wait till you close the gallery at least!
I was an artist in the show too.We had been told repeatedly that we could do anything we wanted, anytime, even a sleepover, until they shut us down & the police come. As long as we were out and cleaned up by midnight on Friday. We did have a 3 piece band play for a full 10-15 min at 9pm one night which freaked him out. The week appeared to go smoothly and no cross words were exchanged. People were coming in and appreciating the exhibit and the space. We all returned for our closing to find the owner taking down all the work and strangely smilingly insisting that he was out of the loop & assumed that the show was over. At 8pm on Friday? His gallery assistant (and girlfriend) knew the times, but somehow he did not. There was at least one person definitely returning that evening to buy a painting. He even went as far as to remove the show from his website, erasing it's existence?It's a mystery what happened and I'm baffled, but glad I never have to deal with him again.
I've dealt with MLO before. First, the most important thing: he paid me in a timely fashion. He's adequate at best and more than a bit of a male bimbo--that "strangely smilingly" insistence mentioned is a good example of his mimbo-hood. A bit imperious in his manner, however--he was generally unresponsive to various communications on my end but his communications always came with as ASAP or IMPORTANT. Not a big deal but a genuine indicator of unfathomable "me now, you whenever I get around to it" attitude that afflicts a lot of dealers. Not impressive in anyway.This Art Bazaar is a sorry idea. It seems to me a very cynical attempt to cash in on the desperation of artists in and around NYC. He's trashed whatever serious program he was trying to build with this plan.
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