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True scary stories about working in the arts from the artists who experienced them.

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True scary stories about working in the arts from the artists who experienced them.

    Tales of Disrespect with Tara Vatanpour and Anthony Ausgang

    Tales of Disrespect with Tara Vatanpour and Anthony Ausgang

    The deepest fear of many artists is being disrespected, whether it’s through curators not valuing their pieces or effort, or people criticizing their work. Today’s terrifying tales follow this theme of disrespect, with two world-renowned artists telling their stories. We dive into the nightmare with Scott as he describes how demons and monsters walk among us in the art world, and how insults to our art or our artistic integrity can feel like physical violence! He introduces our two survivors, and how they’ve thrived despite their past traumas… First, Tara Tess Vatanpour Banaihmad tells her tale of disrespect from a curator in Paris, and how they used the pandemic as an excuse to ignore her. We next hear how a monster restaurant owner lashed out, and why Tara feels not all opinions need to be expressed. Finally, Anthony Ausgang details how he survived a threatening and vindictive client in his youth. Famous people can be monsters too, as evidenced by this thrilling tale! Tune in to hear how Anthony got his own back, and how Tara feels sharing horror stories can be the catalyst to changing how the art world runs.
    Key Points From This Episode:
    How you can get in touch to share your Art World Horror Stories. The essence of horror: how disrespect to our art or our integrity can feel like a real crime!An introduction to the two world-renowned artists who shared their horror stories: Tara Tess Vatanpour Baniahmad and Anthony Ausgang.How Tara Tess lost her artwork when the pandemic hit and a famous gallery stopped replying; and how she learned to stand up for herself. Monster clients: why an opinion doesn’t always need to be spoken. What Tara has taken from this podcast, and why she feels artists and curators alike should learn from these stories. Anthony’s horror story: when clients get threatening and vindictive!How Anthony took what he could get when working with a monster.  

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Art World Horror Stories Hotline — 833 668 77325
    Art World Horror Stories Email — info@notrealart.com
    Tara Tess Vatanpour Baniahmad — https://www.taravatanpour.com
    Anthony Ausgang — https://ausgangart.com/
    Not Real Art — https://www.notrealart.com/
    Scott “Sourdough” Power — https://www.notarealartist.com/

    • 16 min
    Lawyering Up with Logan Hicks

    Lawyering Up with Logan Hicks

    This is the fifth installment of the Art World Horror Stories, but it’s the first time we hear how this podcast moved from a segment of The Not Real Art show, into a podcast of its own! Tune in to find out who created the spooky theme music that sets the scene so well, as well as who should be contributing and listening to this series (all artists across all mediums!). Today’s guest is world-renowned artist Logan Hicks, who tells us of two ongoing horror stories, and how he is working through each of them. The first terrifying tale is a lesson in intellectual property, and why it’s better to have a lawyer before you need one! A steak mogul we all have heard of has been ducking and diving Logan for over two years all the while using Logan's art as part of the advertising for his empire. If that isn't enough to give you shivers, Logan's second horror story of his art being damaged by Studio16 and the subsequent gaslighting, cold-shouldering, and outright lying, should be! Logan has learned some valuable lessons from both of these awful experiences, and he shares these with you today. So, if you are looking for a thrill of horror interspersed with some sage advice on how to avoid experiencing an art world horror story first-hand, press 'Play' now!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Where the Art World Horror Stories theme music came from (a collaboration between Scoot and Dan Ubick).  Who can compete in Art World Horror Stories: any form of art medium.The first horror story from Logan Hicks: theft of intellectual property by a famous business owner.The second horror story from Logan Hicks: damage to his art by Station16.Understanding that mistakes happen, but that an apology should always come first. How Logan has enlisted the help of his fans to maintain a presence on Station16’s social media. The lessons learned, and what Logan could have done differently to avoid the horror of having his art destroyed. Why good business comes down to good communication, and how Station16 failed in this aspect. The importance of having a contract, or a paper trail (or recording calls!). Tips and tricks from Scott and Logan on how to protect yourself and your art. A shoutout to the good galleries Logan has worked with, and the red flags he has noticed in the bad galleries. Understanding your role as a business person when you start selling your art full-time. Logan’s experience of the floods happening in New York. The nitty-gritty of the first horror story Logan mentioned, and how the situation is progressing. Why you should find a good attorney before you need a good attorney!The small things you need to cultivate to make your art into a business.How making art is like raising a child. Why it’s important to copyright murals!Remember that you’re part of a community, and we all want the best for our fellow artists. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Logan Hicks Website — https://linktr.ee/loganhicksny
    Logan Hicks on Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/loganhicksny/?hl=en
    The Conduit Podcast with Dan Ubick — https://www.theconduitmusicpodcast.com/
    Station16 — https://www.station16editions.com/
    Taglialatella Galleries — a href="https://www.taglialatellagalleries.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer"...

    • 49 min
    “Sand Your Own Goddamn Vaginas!” with Scott Power

    “Sand Your Own Goddamn Vaginas!” with Scott Power

    While this podcast is aimed at sharing the scariest stories artists have faced in the art world, some good has come of it, and today’s episode focuses on this. But first, we descend into the bowels of the art world, hearing horror stories from a multitude of artists dealing with gallery owners on drugs, losing decades of work to fire and flood, and being gaslighted by gallerists and artist representatives alike. We are delighted to share stories from artists overseas, like Sarah Phillips from Brisbane (the backstory is apparently more important than the artist, and anyone can be taught to paint!), and Alexander Augustus from the UK (whose blog post inspired the title of this episode). Through it all, Scott adds his thoughts and experiences, reminding us of our worth as artists and why we need to learn to stand up for ourselves. We learn of the positives of sharing these stories, and what it means to be a true artist. So, tune in today to hear how to equip yourself with metaphorical monster hunting gear, so you can avoid your own art world horror stories!  
    Key Points From This Episode:
    The horrifying tale from Ed Whitmore: dealing with a gallery owner on drugs!Why you need to protect your work against the monsters of fire and flood (from Caitlin Burnett).A terrifying tale from Scott about artwork lost to flooding. The horror of hidden fees and artist representatives who gaslight. Sarah Phillips’s spooky experience of being told the backstory is more important than the art, and that anyone can be trained to make art. What Scott feels the role of galleries and art dealers is, and the role of artists. What it means to be an artist. “Sand your own goddamn vaginas”: exploitative internships and Alexander Augustus’s miserable experience. Ending on a positive note with the lessons learned from all these stories: we need to advocate for ourselves and demand respect. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Ed Whitmore Art — https://www.facebook.com/edwhitmoreart/
    Sarah Phillips — https://www.studiophilips.com/
    Alexander Augustus — https://www.alexanderaugustus.com/
    Alexander Augustus Blog — https://www.alexanderaugustus.com/blog/sand-your-own-goddamn-vaginas-my-feeling-about-unpaid-internships
    Art World Horror Stories Hotline — 833 668 77325
    Art World Horror Stories Email — info@notrealart.com
    Not Real Art — https://www.notrealart.com/
    Scott “Sourdough” Power — https://www.notarealartist.com/

    • 17 min
    Theft, Death, and Hauntings: True Crimes in the Art World with Scott Power

    Theft, Death, and Hauntings: True Crimes in the Art World with Scott Power

    Welcome back to another episode of Art World Horror Stories, where we share the most terrifying experiences artists have had! Today's episode consists of four short stories sent in to the show via email, that are read by AI to keep the spooky theme going. From the theft of intellectual property to nasty comments about the worth of artists, to a literal haunted venue for an art installation, tune in to get your thrill! We also hear from Scott about his own shocking experience of intellectual property theft from a global conglomerate and his advice on how to protect yourself as an artist and the little guy. Finally, we hear why this show is so important in exposing the ugly issues facing the art world, in helping artists feel less alone in their trauma, and hopefully helping address some of these issues going forward. Press “Play” now to unleash the spookiest art show around!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Why we are sharing these horror stories: helping you plan for the worst.David Alexander Willis tells us about Jason Shawn Alexander’s painting being pierced by a forklift. Why AI was used to read the stories submitted for today!Mikel Cirkus’s SwatchWatch swindle: stealing his intellectual property, and the sliver of a silver lining. Scott’s experience with CocaCola’s theft of his, and other artist’s ideas. Monster clients: when an executive told Diane Navarro that artists are only valuable when they’re dead. Why it’s important to ask clients if venues are haunted! Dan Monteverro’s haunted house horror story. Why Ali Zeelander wrote in: her frustrations with the art world and her hopes that Art World Horror Stories helps address these issues. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    David Alexander Willis — https://www.davidalexanderwillis.com/about
    Jason Shawn Alexander — https://www.studiojsa.com
    Mikel Cirkus — https://mikelcirkus.com/
    Art World Horror Stories Hotline — 833 668 77325
    Art World Horror Stories Email — info@notrealart.com
    Not Real Art — https://www.notrealart.com/
    Scott “Sourdough” Power — https://www.notarealartist.com/

    • 11 min
    How Tragedies in Life Can Affect the Art World with Scott Power

    How Tragedies in Life Can Affect the Art World with Scott Power

    Welcome to the very first episode of Art World Horror Stories, the scariest show in the art world! We kick off this series with a personal horror story from our host, Scott Power. For many years, Scott has dreamed of painting a commercial airplane. This lofty goal was finally attainable when he met Pippa, who worked for Virgin Atlantic at an event. From strategically pitching his idea throughout the company to setting up a global network of players who would help bring this dream to fruition, Scott and his team had finally got to the stage where they would pitch the project to Sir Richard Branson himself. But before this final hurdle could be cleared, tragedy struck. Lives were lost, and in the aftermath, all projects were placed on hold. Tune in today to find out how Scott's dream faded into nothing (despite his best efforts and all the planning he and the team had done), and why this story is no different from many others he has heard. Join us as we explore how life can upset even the best-laid plans and the impacts this can have in the art world!
    Key Points From This Episode:
    What you can expect to hear in Art World Horror Stories. A personal horror story from Scott and how it impacted his dreams of painting a jet. How Scott nearly reached Sir Richard Branson!The nitty-gritty of Scott's plan around painting a jet using multiple artists across the globe. The excitement of clearing the political and bureaucratic hurdles and almost reaching the home stretch!Find out the tragic event that led to the end of Scott’s plan. Why Scott chose to share this story specifically.  

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Not Real Art — https://www.notrealart.com/
    Scott “Sourdough” Power — https://www.notarealartist.com/
    Not Real Art World on Twitter — https://twitter.com/notrealartworld

    • 19 min
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