Things are certainly getting hot in the art world with recent reports that art dealer Harry Stendhal of Stendhal Gallery, Chelsea, NY has swindled famed artist Jonas Mekas and designer Paula Scher to support his affection for a grand lifestyle.
NY Post:The artists, “godfather of avant-garde cinema” Jonas Mekas and designer Paula Scher, charge that Harry Stendhal sold their pieces without giving them their cut and is holding millions of dollars more of their work hostage, according to lawsuits they filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The pair say that when they confronted Stendhal, he retaliated by barraging them with profanity-laced e-mails.
Profanity laced email? Who doesn’t enjoy receiving profanity laced email when money you believe to be rightfully yours is not in the offing? Personally I prefer the silent treatment, that way there’s always the hope that the accused party is aware of their misgivings and may or may not if enough pressure is applied eventually come clean.
“Don’t f- – k with me — I am warning you,” Stendhal allegedly sneered in one e-mail.
Mmmh, no silent treatment here….
Mekas’ suit contends that he discovered that Stendhal had given his collection of 40 film stills of Elvis Presley to Giuseppe Cipriani to pay off a $90,000 tab.
Which makes us wonder, shouldn’t you be opening a $90 000 bar tab with Giuseppe anytime soon too?
Come on Mr Stendhal, do tell- ‘are you scamming artists, yes or no?’