A prominent art dealer looking at edgy contemporary works, König uses his eponymous gallery in Collingwood and the ensuing renamed space in Fitzroy. , Mainly consigned the works of young and emerging artists. Under an agreement agreed between Koenig and the artist, revenue from sales was to be split evenly.
In some cases, König put all the cash in his pocket and didn’t tell the artist that their work was sold.
Melett hopes that the exposure of König’s customs will be a reminder for young artists seeking to navigate the less regulated world of art.
“The best thing is that other artists are contacting me saying,’I’m always billing my gallery now to confuse me with payments,'” she said. “All of us are constantly working on this, it’s very frustrating. We’re the last to get paid.”
Courtlight welcomed the revelation.
“It’s a shame and not uncommon for artists to endure these experiences throughout the industry,” she said. “It’s good to see the research work on these practices, hoping to shed light on many things that artists endure under the golden light of business.”
Rosa Reedle, a Gold Coast-based mother-in-law of Simchowitz, has been trying to find the missing Courtwright work since March 2017, when König held an exhibition at the Collingwood Gallery.
Six artworks were sent to Melbourne for the show, all owned by Simchhowitz. Riedl said after the exhibition, Koenig said that one of the works was sold but did not pay for it.
According to Reedle, Simchowitz eventually received a tapestry of Lai David Bradley from König in exchange for the artwork sold, and two unsold works were returned in April last year. rice field. She says they aren’t close to finding the whereabouts of the remaining three missing pieces.
All the missing pieces are unique prints, retailing at $ 15,000 as of the 2017 show. Riedl says it has little commercial value without the certificate provided by the artist.
“Someone has paid for three Petra Cortrights, but they don’t have a certificate, so they’re not worth anything,” Riedl said. “We are in dire straits. There are three paintings that are not classified as genuine Petra works.”
Patrick Keisel, Dean of the Law Department at the Catholic University of Australia, is working free of charge to help Simchowitz recover the missing piece from König. He said his client is still considering whether to file a claim for damages against König. “It’s pretty clear that we can answer,” he said.
A group of collectors who purchased paintings from König at the end of last year and did not receive the works began legal proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court. All collectors brought paintings by Texas-based artist John Joanis.
Joanis Age When Sydney Morning Herald He still possesses the painting and shipped it to the buyer awaiting payment from König.
Last week, the Magistrates’ Court in Melbourne issued a warrant on behalf of three buyers, Michael Spooner, Helen Roberts and Andrew Strickland, to seize property for breach of contract.
The West Brunswick address listed for König in court documents is a property owned by his wife and currently on the market. It was put up for auction on Saturday.
Joanis, approached by König to sell his paintings at the New York Art Fair, knows that many other artists claim to have borrowed König’s money and lost their jobs. He said he was shocked.
“All this time, I thought Trischan had some kind of memory weakness, and I was struck by it. I didn’t think this was a pattern.”