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Chelsea New York Gallery Unsolicited Portfolio Submission Request - Any Wisdom?

These fine folks sent me an unsolicited e-mail asking for a portfolio submission in order to evaluate my work for potential representation. website address is

The person 'signing' the e-mail was Ruthie Tucker

Can anyone relate an prior experiences with Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art Inc? They are located

I am always leery of unsolicited gallery e-mails.... Some of them have all the cachet of your typical Nigerian e-mail scam.

The most recent in memory was a gallery in NYC which offered rental wall space, plus took a 30% commission... And their per square foot wall space rental price was so unreal that I was unsure if this was a real offer or a joke... Four or Five floors up in a building with limited access and they wanted a couple grand for a 10 ft expanse of wall space in an area to be shared with other artists

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Comment by Larry Berman on May 30, 2013 at 3:32pm

If you're interested, call the gallery and ask to speak to Ruthie. Then find out exactly how much it will cost you.

Larry Berman

Comment by Mark V. Turner on May 30, 2013 at 4:03pm

Hi Larry,

Did a bit of searching using google and did not find more than a few % of positive comments. Several of these were former or current employees... but no reports of sales and several reports of high fees

I believe the phrase 'Pay to Play' describes their business model and they fall into the Vanity Gallery classification... No motivation to sell your work b/c you have already paid them...

Comment by Jacki Bilsborrow on May 30, 2013 at 10:05pm

When in doubt, leave it out.

Comment by Barbara J Carter on May 30, 2013 at 11:58pm

Vanity gallery, stay away.

Comment by Robert Wallis on June 6, 2013 at 12:22am

Type in "Amsterdam Whitney Gallery scam" for a Google search and your eyeballs will bug out. Okay, this gets funnier; I went ahead and did the Google search. I found a forum thread on from last fall,;jsessionid=avwPB4q9M_ycMPMvi..., that I contributed to on this same gallery, and found the fees these slimeballs charge. Ach du Leiber! I had forgotten about it. Nothing like doing a Google and finding yourself where you least expect it ;-)


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