Here I’m looking for a way to enable artists to recommend galleries, and to warn each other about bad experiences with galleries, dealers, museums, etc…
In my professional life, I have made many bad experiences, with galleries damaging work, loosing work, not putting together a reasonable opening, not paying, etc… Yet, as artists we are almost entirely unable to defend ourselves. I’ve found there to be a void when it comes to REAL supportive artists organizations, especially here in the USA. And if we don’t pull together, we will continue to be victimized by others.
I did intent to start a database with these ratings, offering galleries to reply and to rectify the situation, to avoid a bad rating. But when I asked fellow artists, there was grave concern about being retaliated against in one way or another (e.g. being sued by a gallery, or loosing a working relationship, not getting paid, etc…). In a blog however, there is some (limited) privacy and of couse good old ‘freedom of speach’. I don’t intent it to become a blind hateful scenary, but I do invite the galleries in question to reply and make things right again.
- What do you all think?
- Would you participate?
- Are you afraid of retaliation?
- If so, how can this be avoided?
- Do you have good and/or bad experiences you’d like to share?
- How should the rating be organized?
- Anything elese?