The line of artists with gripes about gay-owned Bill Lowe Gallery is growing longer, which can't be a good thing for the ongoing criminal investigation that has ensnared the upscale Midtown artspace. A sampling of the latest complaints, courtesy WSB:
"I contacted you because I've been trying to collect money from him for five years," Pennsylvania-based sculptor, Jonathan Hertzel told Channel 2's Rachel Stockman. "I think there are a lot of collectors out there that have art that don't legally belong to them."And this:
Todd Murphy, who is a well-known artist in the Atlanta area, said that he left Lowe about 10 years ago, after not being paid fully for his work. Murphy believes that Lowe needs to be exposed.And this:
"He paid me a little bit. It strung on for a while until I realized he was just a crook," Donald Sultan said.And then there's this from Fox 5: Complaints against the gallery go back years and include court judgments of more than $500,00 and tax liens stretching to the 1990s. Lowe hasn't spoken publicly since Atlanta police raided the gallery on Jan. 29 over allegations that he isn't paying artists in full for works sold at the gallery, other than issuing a brief statement to media outlets.
"I can state without equivocation that for the past quarter century my gallery has generated for all our artists, and their agents, exceptional incomes and significantly expanded career opportunities. We work tirelessly to advance their interests. The characterization of our interaction with artists as anything other than a vibrant, productive and committed advocacy is inaccurate, and a distortion of the full story of our relationships - many of which extend well over a decade."The gallery has hosted scores of LGBT events in recent years, including a reception for Action Cycling Atlanta, YouthPride's Evolve gala and a Fenuxe anniversary celebration. Project Q readers voted it Bestest Art Gallery last November. But no cameo on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" like this other gay-owned gallery. Photo by Lea Bennett Photography