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A truly tragic study in how not to run a gallery. They started out with a very ambitious program, and then caved to strictly market oriented demands.
Truly one of the worst galleries I purchased work from. They have a nice roster of artists but really are just so disorganized. I asked them several times to send me work by a particular artist and they never did--clearly, they are not interested in selling work!
had a gallery visit with joel and his comments on the work were, basically, that it should be different. its annoying if a gallery you work with tries to influence or change what you're doing, so this was a red flag that had me packing up and heading for the door.
I just heard from someone that Roebling Hall is closing. Is it true?
Roebling Hall is listed in the Deathwatch. It has been rumored to be closing for some time.
joel beck is a very nice guy and seems to be really good with his artists on a personal level. he has somewhat of an arts background i believe, i think he was a practicing artist at one time.unfortunately the art business is just that, a business. and while the gallery has tried to support their artists and has done well at the level of a young, hip gallery it seems to have never gotten the business end of things to come together.it's a tough business, and those that make money in it usually have money to begin with.
This gallery is already dead.
Roebling Hall is not dead. Despite all those rumors. Joel closed his chelsea space and is looking to reopen elsewhere.
RIP? dead?. Was seen in Miami with many of his top artists doing the party scene and at the fairs.
"Was seen in Miami with many of his top artists doing the party scene. . ."How many? and with whose money? Theirs?This is his typical MO.
i have worked consigned at Roebling Hall - and Joel is not returning calls or emails for over a week now as we are trying to get it back. this does not sound good. it'll be bad for him and hs future if we have to call in the sheriff......
I heard it officially last night. They are closed, over, not reopening.
Tragic it is not, this has been criminal misappropriation of money and misrepresentation going back at least 4 years. I'm sure he will here from people's lawyers soon.
Yes was spotted in Miami, having fun on the artists and collector's dime!
certain artists, the least talented Im assuming, are such ungrateful users - they'll kick a dealer when he's down all the harder just to prove their own sense of being on higher ground. no wonder dealers become such monsters. its a malicious business, and art =business worked for Warhol as a critique, but now it has little to do with anything pressing; a condition that has finally bottomed out due to its own depravity and mean-spiritedness.
I know an artist from this gallery. They were owed a substantial sum of money for over a year and now will never see it. A year ago the art market was quite healthy. The economic downturn in this case does not excuse the long term nonpayment of artists.
To respond to the comment "joel beck is a very nice guy and seems to be really good with his artists on a personal level. " Nice guy he was, but good with his artists he never was. His withholding payment goes back at least as far as 2001, and it was a dangerous game to play with other people's money, not to mention a total disrespect for his artists. His own artists did not find out about his closing the gallery until Dec. 31, a good 5 weeks after the fact. The downturn in the economy had absolutely nothing to do with the closing of Roebling.
Apropos the remark "I'm sure he will hear from people's lawyers soon," you can't squeeze blood from a turnip. Most artists don't have the time, energy or funds to waste chasing down Joel.In reviewing the comments made virtually ALL of the galleries, it becomes clear that the current art system is not working, as artists are disempowered. Instead of complaining about the status quo, artists need to work together to create new modes of distribution. Unfortunately, artist-run cooperative spaces are notorious for their lack of quality, and rightfully not taken seriously. Until high-quality artists are willing to reject the system and unselfishly commit to some as-yet-unseen new paradigm, the prospects look bleak. (No surprise, as we are, as we all know, just a microcosm of the world at large.)If the purpose of this blog is to empower artists, then it seems to me that the logical next step would be to create a forum for meaningful change and collaboration.
I worked with Joel Beck for several years...before Salon, Roebling, etc. Two artists making money just to stay afloat. Let me say you can't change the spirit of a man when he is down, and he has been down for a long time. Joel Beck is Zelig 24/7; never could trust him or figure out what was important in life.
what happened to christian? he seemed cool?
He is the director of the Volta art fair.
i'm an artist who worked with joel Beck in a group show. I sold 2 pieces right before the gallery closed and have not seen one cent. he had dissappeared and i would NEVER recommend any artist getting close to him. it's terrible to take advantage of artists. the collector thinks they are supporting the artist but instead are supporting a rat who will see the karma come back to him one day. it's just terrible. i was not one of his main gallery artists but the night of the opening i heard from numerous artists in the gallery that they were owed large ammounts of money from this guy. makes me sick to my stomach to even think about the situation. he's terrible and the other galleries I work with around the world agree. i'm still trying to track him down.
Roebling Hall went from Brooklyn to Basel in the space of three years. (Roebling) was like a young artist who was picked up by a major gallery straight out of art school. Given a credit card and a space to work in.The work turns out to be average but the ego is too much to bare.
Hindsight means everyone now knows that Roebling Hall was a con trick from the start. But there was a clue all along with the company Roebling chose to associate itself and it's artists with - namely London's biggest con artist Fred Mann and his gallery FRED. More than ten artists have left FRED in the last years. I wonder how Fred has explained that to the new victims he has recently lured into his gallery.
"It doesn't matter if it's good - it only matters if we SAY it's good."- Joel Beck, with Christian Viveros-Faune standing right beside him.
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