MJP, Neeli has been involved 110% with these new Sam Cherry prints and has written some great anecdotes for each image. Neeli will also do a reading for the show. There is no controversy over selling the prints, Sam is genuine guy, and a talented photographer that deserves some credit. Here's a recent article on Sam in the new LA WEEKLY...mjp said:"The show has been organized by Sam Cherry's grandchildren, not his son Neeli, and there seems to be some controversy over selling the prints (which came from Neeli, by the way, see the link above) before the show. But I really don't want to get in the middle of it (which is why some of Cherry's grandson's posts were removed from the forum a month or two ago).
I contacted the gallery, they said that the show will be early next year but the new Charles Bukowski photographs are printed and available now. I have some of Sam Cherry's Black Cat Cafe photos from the 1941, the scope of his work goes way beyond Charles Bukowski.Well - that image, and others, will be part of an exhibition of Sam Cherry photos at Track 16 gallery in Santa Monica next year. Not sure when. The show has been organized by Sam Cherry's grandchildren, not his son Neeli, and there seems to be some controversy over selling the prints (which came from Neeli, by the way, see the link above) before the show. But I really don't want to get in the middle of it (which is why some of Cherry's grandson's posts were removed from the forum a month or two ago).
Anyway, you should be able to buy that print at the show. But expect to pay around $800 - $1200 for it. Or you could spring for the "special boxed edition" for 10 or 20 times that price. I don't know. Contact Track 16, they may be able to tell you more.
I wouldn't pay a grand for a photograph by Sam Cherry when you can get an original Mary Ellen Mark (or comparable noted modern photographer) for a few grand. But that's just me. Maybe Sam did some great work. I don't know. The pics I've seen look more like snapshots than photographs. There's something rare about a great photographer, and while I'm glad Sam Cherry and Michael Montfort photographed Bukowski, I don't consider either of them to be great photographers.
Anything you buy in an art gallery is twice what the artist would usually price the work for. The gallery marks everything up 100% and takes half the sale. It's a system I never understood, especially now when artists can so easily sell their work directly or get together online and open their own collective somewhere or something.
But to be considered a "serious" artist you need gallery representation - you have to play their game. And again, I don't understand why, in this day and age, artists stand for it. It's really time for a revolution. Because 90% of the art galleries out there a little more than con men (and women) and thieves.
I'm not saying that about Track 16 in particular - I don't know them - but I have seen and heard enough horror stories from Los Angeles and all over the world to know that the gallery scene in general is a con job. Like a record company or a film studio. We don't need these things anymore.
Oh look, "endisnear/j.sloan" posting from the same IP as "sam cherry," both of which are really Dani Tull, grandson of Sam Cherry.I contacted the gallery...
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I didn't say the gallery "gets" 100% (though if they do not pay the artist, which is not unusual, then they are in effect "getting" 100% of the sale). What I said was they mark everything up 100%, which it true and typical. Artist says I want $1000, gallery offers it for $2000 - that is a 100% markup.Also about the Gallery mark up, typically a Gallery gets 50% not 100% as mentioned above.