The Conduit
The Conduit
Oct 12, 2021
Art World Horror Stories Vol. 2: So Disrespectful, It’s Scary! - Not Real Art
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Welcome to Volume 2 of Art World Horror Stories, where we share the stories we have collected from our larger network of artists and creators. These are intended as cautionary tales about how things can go wrong in the art world and beyond, and will hopefully prevent you from falling victim to the same horrors! Today’s stories come from two artists who share their accounts of the disrespect that artists are oftentimes subjected to when someone damages our artwork or insults our artistic integrity. In this episode, you’ll hear from Tara Vantapour, a multidisciplinary artist based in Paris, and OG low brow artist, Anthony Ausgang, about the contempt and ridicule they have endured at the hands of gallery curators and wealthy art collectors. In one, the artist walks away with new ground rules and, in the other, with $100 in cash. Make sure to tune in today to find out how these horror stories end!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Introducing today’s artists: Tara Vantapour and Anthony Ausgang.
  • Tara shares an Art World Horror Story, which starts with a pre-pandemic exhibition in Paris.
  • How the gallery disrespected Tara by ghosting her and refusing to return her artwork.
  • How Tara believes her work has been ‘emotionally’ damaged by the art and fashion worlds.
  • Another horror story about how a restaurant owner belittled Tara’s fashion design practice.
  • Hear how these horror stories have inspired her to create ground rules to protect herself.
  • Anthony’s Art World Horror Story that happened many years ago when he was an art installer.
  • How a Warner Brothers’ executive ridiculed Anthony’s work by saying it wasn’t art.
  • The contempt Anthony was subjected to when he was asked to install a Mark Kostabi shopping bag in the same executive’s home.

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