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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 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 ;-)

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

Vanity gallery, stay away.

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

When in doubt, leave it out.

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 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

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