Saturday, March 3, 2012

Phony Biennale "Invitations"

We recently received an email recently from an artist who had gotten an "invitation" from the two businessmen brothers who run what they call the "Florence Biennale." She was proud and excited they were offering her the chance to be in their Effetto Biennale, a newer venture. (It translates to "Effect Biennale.")

She had initiated a Kickstarter project to raise money to participate and wanted us to contribute. We replied that we couldn't help her out, that it was a vanity venue and she had not been singled out for her artistic accomplishments but, along with who-knows-how-many-others, for the chance that she might fall for the sales pitch. She responded that she had read that some other artists who had attended the previous EB said they had met other artists from different parts of the world and that some of the work in it was good. While she did have doubts about it, she continued, and wouldn't pay for it herself, she thought it would be fine if she raised the money from other people and let them pay for it.

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