Monday, November 12, 2012

Art Scam Alert!

Michael Gard, email address is a mutant bastard trying to rip off artists - if you get the usual scam email from him (such as the one below), ignore it.
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:17:35 +0000
Subject: Art Order
My name is Michael Grad, i will like to order for some piece of your work from your studio as gift for my parent that are celebrating their wedding anniversary nest month. i'll be glad to have your response as soon as possible, to make it easier you can send me your website address to choose or send me four of your artworks via email that is available for me to choose.
my price range are from $100  to $1000.
Waiting to read back from you as soon as possible, so that we can make some progress.

Gagosian Suit Offers Rare Look at Art Dealing

(Via) Sopa opera from the blue chip art dealers...
A central question in the case has been whether Mr. Gagosian in essence worked both ends of the deal — not disclosing to Mr. Cowles that his gallery had a relationship with the buyer and that it was trying to get a favorable price for that buyer. In a deposition made public on Wednesday, Mr. Gagosian said that he frequently represented both the seller and buyer in a deal without disclosing that fact to either party. “To be honest with you, the question hardly ever gets asked,” he said. “I never get asked the question, ‘Are you representing both sides.’”
Read the whole NYT article here and after you read that one, then read this one.