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"He always pays me on time." -Dana SchutzWhat bravery you display, my precious Dana. To speak truth to power as you do. I admire you so. I can only imagine you in front of the McCarthy Commission refusing to answer questions, name names...wait, you douche bag. This is exactly the kind of log-rolling that we do not want here. We all know that you'd truss up your grandma and drop her in the trunk of Roy Cohn's car if there was a check in it for you. I want to hear the dirt on Zach. The bestiality, pedophilia, the secret diaries of ham-handed Allison Fox. Spill baby, spill!-Kunty Bush
Uh yeah. He's actually a nice person. I've seen him talking politely to the Hunter kids about their work at the open studios. When I first came to New York Hudson from Feature was nice to me. Allison is also nice.
Comments from artists with direct experience only please.The Dana Schutz quote is considered a positive.
Did they reject your slides? You clearly have a problem.http://anaba.blogspot.com/2005/03/all-thats-wrong-plus.html
Kunty - Please tell us about your direct experience; you've been hating on Zach for a long time. Tell us why, for real.
Bottom feeder. It's been two years since that Anaba crap and you still don't have a gallery and are bitching about this still? You must really suck.
Experience? If by "experience" you mean "date rape" and by "date rape" you mean "no experience" then I have plenty with ol' Zach. Stop circling the wagons Zachophiles. You're startin' raise my hackles. My ire, I tells ya. When my hackles and ire are raised then all sorts of hell are gonna break loose on this blog. Now, Zach's an old-school power bottom who knows the safe word and can just shout it out when he wants this all to end. By the way, you know who else paid on time? Hitler! He never missed a payroll deposit. Fly that up yer flagpole and Seig Heil, you Nazi scum. Regards,K. Bush
Rape jokes. You just get classier and classier.
And Hitler jokes.
Kunty - I admire your passion and commitment, but please, enough. Please.I would like to be able to host a forum in which artists can help each other out by sharing information. - who doesn't ever pay?- who takes forever to pay, and only after much cajoling?- who is awesome?- who supports your work so strongly that they continue to show it over and over, despite zero sales?- who won't give back your work?- who won't tell you where your work has disappeared to?- what are studio visits like with curator X and gallerist Y?- who loves your work, until it doesn't sell?- who makes promises, only to dash hopes?- who lies?Stuff like that.Let's dish the facts here, speaking from our own direct experience, and save the venting for elsewhere.
If you can't laugh at date rape and Hitler jokes then the terrorists truly have won. Besides, Zach calls date rape the unicorn of sexual assault charges.
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not a horrible guy, but don't look here for a good samaritan either. loyalty to those who supported him on his way up the foodchain aint his strong suit; burning bridges is a pastime for this boy wonder. a little humility might go a long way. fortunately he's still young, and the art world is long - so he'll have plenty of time to experience that, if he's lucky.
He has stuck by many of his artists for a long time. As far as his former partners, the gallery is much better since it became Zach Feuer from LFL.
anon 3:30 pm: for some reason you assume the bridges I was referring to are ex-partners. interesting...but actually I was referring to any number of collectors, curators, consultants, critics, and assorted media folks. no one likes to feel like a steppingstone....
Not sure how 8:59 + 10:54 could speak for "any number of collectors, curators, consultants, critics, and assorted media folks". Doesn't seem like first hand information to me; just some random slander.
jealousy follows success
I've done business with Zach several times and he's one of the best in the industry. I think he understands that in this business it's better to be trusted than liked.
He was very nice to me when I was browsing in his first gallery on an upper floor. No attitude, showed me a lot of work in the flat files. I bought a Danica Phelps for about $75. I later sent him my slides and he reviewed them and returned them in a polite, timely manner. Haven't had much interaction with him since he's hit the big time, so don't know if he's changed.
I had only great experiences purchasing work from Zach. And watching him with other customers I was convinced of his true ability to deal art. Not doubt to be one of his artists is to be lucky. Have heard he's not the best person to work for.
In response to the posting dated August 1: I learned a lot by working with Zach. He's efficient and timely and can also be quite generous. He really allows for movement, growth, and responsibility. He knows when to work and when to play. He's very smart and completely down-to-earth and is not one of the "screamer-dealers". In short, he's actually a great person to work with!
Zach is THE BEST art dealer I know. And I know quite a few first hand, and way more than that 2nd hand from artist friends who work with them. He is straight-forward and honest to a fault. I have been showing with him since his first show. My work was one half of the second show. Nothing sold for the long time, but Zach really believed in the work and stuck by it faithfully. He does not play stupid art world games. And he takes his job of representing his artists VERY seriously. We don't always agree on what is good and what isn't. I would say that is about 50/50. But we agree 100% of the time on how to treat people. With kindness, respect, and honesty. I don't need to remind anyone that rarely are those attributes considered to be cardinal virtues among art dealers.Justin Lieberman
I overheard L.T. say the Zwirner people were talking to Jules De Balincourt. It's only a mater of time before a painter of that caliber has to leave the moribund Zach Feuer Gallery
I heard something about Jules De Balincourt looking for a bigger gallery, but nothing about Zwirner. He's a great painter and must be getting bigger offers. Don't understand how Feuer has been able to hang on to him for so long? His work and career seem too big for a mid-level gallery like that.
Is all this Zach hating coming from one place? Seems like an alert should go up when one former green circle gallery suddenly gets lots of hate posts. I heard Jules thought about leaving, but bigger dealers didn't want him or offer as much as Zach could, so now him and Zach love each other again. I think Schutz, Djurberg and Henning all got offers from other dealers, but decided to stay with Zach. He performs well for them - they are all in better places now then before he started working with them.
Anon - February 9, 2009 3:56 AMFeuer does not have contracts with his artists. You are just making up stuff and destroying the usefulness of this blog. Get a life.
I knew Zach back when he was an undergrad art student -- he was actually one of the best artists in the school and shortly after graduating curated a show in his apartment that was pretty "avant-garde" compared to most what goes on in the Boston art world.I have been consistently disappointed by the conservativeness of the work that he has shown in his various NYC galleries. However, it has obviously worked well for him, and his stature in the art world has grown faster than anyone else I know from "back in the day". I can't say that I like him, but I do think that he cares about his artists and the art that he shows and he is clearly a shrewd businessman.
Zach's not a bad guy. Pays on time
The gallery has become the quintessential great white hope.
Zach should do a better job with those he hires-- I came to the gallery with an appointment to see work for a possible acquisition (Nathalie Djurberg's work) . The group making all the purchasing decisions was made up of five college students. The gallery attendants made one bad business move after another--they obviously prejudged the group and gave us dismissive attitudes the entire time we were there. My favorite was when they ushered us into a tiny (very hot) back room to watch videos without anyone there to answer the groups questions. Meanwhile the group went on to spend their budget of $60,000 elsewhere!
After posting a comment regarding ZF's staff -- I received an email from Zach Feuer apologizing for the experience we had in his gallery. I think this shows an openness to critique you rarely see in gallery owners/directors. Based on this simple courtesy I plan to make recommendations to visit his gallery in the future.
As a collector who has purchased several works of Zach's artists over the years I am currently left doubting the direction and intentions of the gallery. After investing so much time and money on artists Zach introduced me to whom he would later drop wholesale makes me question his character, vision and ethics. Why would he promote and sell me artwork he had no intention of maintaining a relationship with. I always had respect for Zach's taste and commitment to his artists. I suspect I fell prey to a market bubble trap in which the gallery was riding artists they could sell but had no long term investment in the work. Granted the work I collected is good in it's own right and the artist’s careers are still flourishing. But my confidence in Mr. Feuer is forever tainted. There is no way to know what he really believes in anymore.
Most of the big galleries release artists over time. Feur just got a lot of press when he did it. Personally, I think it's better for the artist to have the dealer let them go then to continue being represented by a dealer who does not 100% believe in the work. Really, who's taste don't change and mature with time - especially when you start your gallery at 19? And were you buying the artwork or the gallery's stamp of approval on the artwork? If it was just the stamp of approval, it seems like your the one at fault.
Most big galleries do not jettison artists in mass, which is why this action brought so much negative attention to the gallery. When Andrea Rosen unloaded a cash of artist there was a conscious decision to remove media artist and remain a painting and sculpture gallery. Feuer’s cuts seemed to be irrational, desperate and almost arbitrary. It made the gallery less diverse, hence narrowed the scope and context of the remaining artists. All the artist lefts are now subject to the myopic faux-naïve lens the gallery has struggled so hard to shake off. Yes, I agree, peoples taste are subject to change especially when they are young and impressionable, but people of strong character and vision usually know what they like and don’t like at an early age. As a collector I collect what I like, not a galleries approval. When a good dealer introduces you to new work they also sell you the notion that they believe in the work and artist. They educated you on the new work like great dealers such as Andrea Rosen or Gavin Brown. After dealing with dealers for several years you build a relationship of trust with them. I must admit that Zach’s style is rather unorthodox and many times started our dealings by informing me who else owned the work before getting to the meat of the work. I was never persuaded by the vanity collectors on his Rolodex but by the work. I still enjoy several of the artists remaining on the roster and will continue to support them, as I will follow the other artists to their new galleries. I was always a fan of the gallery from the very beginning and had great expectations for Zach to become one of the great dealers of his generation, like Rosen or Brown did for theirs. Those galleries established an identity early on and grew with their basic core of artists, which they still represent today. Are we to say that ten years later Zach Feuer is still struggling for an identity? He’s not a boy anymore. I hope he figures out what he wants and stops looking to fashionable trends as a way to situate the gallery. In the end I support both artists and dealers, but it’s always a little difficult to do so when a dealer lacks resolve.
Besides Rosen and Feur, every gallery cuts people. just on 24th from memory and google - i am sure i missing a ton: jonathan hammer, joe grigley, jean-marc bustame, sam taylor wood, tracey moffat, hellen van meene from matthew marks, Peter Davies, elyn zimmeran, seydou keita from Gagosianhalf of boesky gallerywhere is Jenny Gage from Luhring Augistine?damien loeb, karin davie. peter wegner, tim litzman, toland grinell, greg bogin, paul henry rameriz, brain alfred, jay davies from boonekcho, patrick faigenbaum from gladsone Seems like the motivations were clear on all of them . Matthew Marks was growing faster then many of his artists and made cuts. Boesky was trying to rebrand herself after she lost Yuskavage and Murakami. Rosen was cutting some unprofitable media work (which hardly makes her a great dealer- i assume her motives where much more commercial then feurs), Zach was trying to cut faux - naive and some European figurative expressionism. Fairly rational moves by all dealers. even if a 19 year olds tastes are evolved - what 19 year old is going to be able to recruit and show the artists the he's going to be showing forever? anyway, my point is galleries evolve, maybe it was a bad idea for him to do it as big group instead of one by one - but shit happens and the press blew it up this time. it was shocking how many people cared about it when fuer did it - my dealer in germany was even talking about it. Sounds like you are a little pissed that the dealer doesn't stand behind some of the work he sold you - but if you really care about the work, who cares about what a dealer thinks or how he sold it to you? isn't it all about living the work? does it hold up? if so: great- be happy you have great work, if it doesn't hold up, then zach was probably right to make the cuts and you both made a mistake on the artist. i can't believe i am defending an art gallery. who really gives a shit about this stuff.
addition to above post: have you checked the rosen page on this blog? people have commented over a long period of time about her cuts from many years ago and accused her of the same thing you are upset with zach about (i.e dropping artists and dropping collectors names). i'd argue that it's way too soon to call zach or rosen great dealers or decide they are crap. lets give it 30 years before we make up our minds. warning to dealers: seems like group cuts always cause people to talk, better to cut one by one slowly, very quietly. or just be correct 100% of the time with your picks and never have to make a cut. or maybe feur and rosen wanted people to talk about the cuts so they could announce their new slimed down image to the world without having to send out a press release? maybe it backfired for both of them.curious if you bought anything from rosen? was it any of the artists she cut? I am guessing not as much or you'd be just as upset with her.
"Zach was trying to cut faux - naive and some European figurative expressionism. "what are you smoking? He dropped several media artists. Kept all the faux-dumb painters and picked up an outsider dead nun. Oh yeah and he picked up the faux-dumb 50 year old hipster daddy Mr Flood. Zach is trying to emulate Javier Peres's swager. A slippery slope my man...
tibo - check your facts. he kept all his media people - hawkins, djurberg and ben tor.cut - ruckhaberle, mcgrath, lokic, phelps, spangler, gordon and gispert. all make painting, drawing, sculpture or photos. you are right - everyone does hate mark flood. he must be doing something right.
So zach keeps making brilliant decisions as he runs his gallery into the ground. Jules De Balincourt was asked to leave? Wow, makes perfect sense, get rid of your top earner in a recession! Reality, that ship has too many holes and the bilge pump broke long ago. De Balincourt is smart and is moving to a secure dealer who cares about careers as it was predicted on this blog. When Dana Shutz leaves its curtains. Things are going really bad for Zach, even recent ivy league MFA’s are turning offers down. Where does that galley go know?
"even recent ivy league MFA’s are turning offers down."I call bullshit on the above.
posts based on just speculation and hating on a gallery instead of facts should be deleted. The poster of december 22, 2009 3:12 PM is not helping anyone with information beyond the fact that they don't like zach.
it's true Jules De Balincourt is no longer with Zach.He's going to Dietch Projects.
Justin Lieberman has left the gallery.
Dana Schutz is leaving the gallery to Friedrich Petzel. Good luck Zach
I have known Zach since he ran a gallery out of his appartment in Boston. In my experience he is one of the most straightforward gallerists out there. Always honest about his opinions. He constantly surprises me with his keen eye. He works with at least one new interesting artist a year. His knowledge of the art market as a whole is remarkable for a guy with so little experience. Among his clients are some big time collectors. I have personally sold work through him and he paid me within a week. He's also found work for me that I've been searching for, in some cases for many months. It's his shop, and changing the artist roster is his prerogative. In my opinion changing artists should not he held against him or any other dealer. Peace.
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