Discuss: Do you get angry if an art dealer does not respond to your messages?
Submitted by bsherwin at 6/17/2012 2:16:08 PM CST
bsherwin: An artist recently made it clear to me that he becomes angry when gallery owners fail to respond to his emails / phone messages. I understood his frustration. However, I also understand the position of gallery owners in general. Pointblank, they simply don't have the time to respond to every artist.
Artists need to remember that a commercial gallery is a business. Commercial galleries don't exist to preserve/document art -- they are in the business of making money. Don't confuse them with a non-profit art organization... don't feel insulted if they do not reply to you. There are better things you can do with your time.
I don't necessarily blame gallery owners for ignoring artists while focusing on their represented artists. After all, would you want to be represented by an art dealer that spends most of his or her time responding to random messages from artists? Would you be content knowing that a percentage of your sold work is going toward hiring a staff member assigned to answer random messages? Think about these two questions -- and be honest. You would be furious.
It depends on the scenario though. For example, if the gallery is actively searching for artists -- an open call, for example -- I’d say that it is extremely rude if the art gallery fails to respond to artists (unless they make it clear that they will not be contacting artists they are not interested in). Even in that scenario you will most likely receive a generic message if they do contact you. It is a 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation’ for art galleries... because some artists would rather not be contacted than receive a generic message.
With all of this in mind... do you get angry if an art dealer does not respond to your messages? Why do you get angry? Do you disagree with my opinion? I want to know what you think.