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I used to show at Black & White's Brooklyn space. First, I'll give Tatyana props for her genuine ambition for the gallery, and for her financial honesty and prompt payment. However, I found her to be hopelessly controlling, and felt that she didn't know much about basic artist/dealer etiquette. She became very anxious about my previously existing relationship with a gallery in another city, and freaked out when she and they were going to be at the same art fair. She wanted to take an inappropriately high commission when selling a piece that was in a third gallery's group show. She wouldn't draw up a contract for a commissioned painting, and became very angry when I opted to not do the commission without a contract. She put my work into a fashion shoot for a magazine without asking me first, and became incensed when I asked her to consult with me in the future when doing anything with my work, saying that once a piece was in her gallery, she could "do anything she wanted with it." That's when I left the gallery. I'll also add that she has almost totally replaced the roster of artists that she represents. I know that many have left her, and she's dumped others. Not a good reflection on her, in my opinion.In fairness, I will say that it's possible that she's learned to respect her artists better now; she was a very green dealer when I worked with her, and she's certainly smart and a fast learner.
I used to have a gallery near this one, and some of the artists I worked with also worked with her. The above comment accurately reflects how she treats artists. She has no problem being very rude to people whom she doesn't think can benefit her. I also sent some of my collectors to look at her gallery; they reported that she was annoyingly solicitous. She doesn't seem to have any concept of overkill.Bottom line is, she's nice to people when she thinks she has something to gain from them, and nasty when she doesn't.
Both these comments are bull shit. She's honest and works for her artist.
Black & White closed Chelsea space. Will only be operating out of Brooklyn.
Both of those comments are NOT bullshit. Tatyana is a mess. I gave her a show that was written up not once, but TWICE in the Village Voice, once as best in show, the next as a feature exactly two weeks later! What was my resulting treatment for getting her that amazing press back when it was still just Black and White Gallery was for her to treat me like garbage. She has decided for no reason I can understand or ever will understand, to wipe clean from her websites almost all record of my multiple shows with her. She also refused to include me in a recent catalog retrospective of works done over the past few years. ALL of the shows are in the catalog but mine. Again-this is after no negative event occurred between us. She simply became a different person towards me, inexplicably and with no rationale I can understand. She began to be exceptionally rude and incensed at any questioning of her decisions. But she sure was quick to ask for a piece for her benefit shows.
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