Art damage and how assurances handles things
Its about time, to talk about a not so easy topic: Art -damage
In my recent exhibition activities there is a case from a group exhibition i was a part of in beginning of may 09.
Nothing wrong with that, a group exhibition at a bank which was organized a half year upfront and planned to end with a local culture-night -again nothing wrong with that, 120 guests at the vernissage, around 2000 visitors in 4 weeks and 500+ visitors at the "finissage" it was a great event but on may the 19th, two of my works were broke by the cleaning company however, one limited and framed artprint and one original piece were damaged; all in all worth a 4-digits amount in euro.
In July the assurance of the cleaning company started to work on this case with a first answer that they can´t imagine how the prices were set and how the difference comes...?(i should reduce to my first costs??)
Well i thought silly people there, lets send them some balls back and a lawyer started to shout.
The next answer to expect is that still they won´t accept that prices were set upfront, over 2500 visitors could have seen these images and the pieces are not restorable.
and i should show compareable sales to prove.
Hah, what about doing only digital illustrations making the originals even more valuable?
And what about market presence, is it nothing worth today to be a fulltime freelance artist?
Well, this case is just the beginning, and i´m really annoyed by this behaviour-
the most annoying part is that the whole thing costs time, even when hopefully an expert judges my work and it goes to court -it takes time.
I´m pretty sure that i´m right, don´t even want to know how they would reduce to the first costs the "fat chair" [link]
As the case progresses i´ll update you with more news, so stay tuned...
voting runs still
If you havn´t and would like to help me out on this one, heres a Vote for an art-contest themed with:"money - greed - crises" - [link]
your help is appreciated a lot!
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