Ethan Cohen Fine Art

Address: , New York, NY,
Phone: (212) 625-1250

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Sounds like the last few reviews were written by the same person, possibly Mr. Cohen himself trying to raise his gallery rating. I showed here several years ago, Ethan lost my work, made fabulous promises he failed to keep, paid me for only a fraction of work he sold at art fairs. Has good contacts in Asia, and thinks outside the box, but also exploits young artists. If you choose to work with him, make sure you get consignment forms for everything, and take his promises with a grain of salt.
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Good gallery, don't understand why there are so many bad and made-up stories that attack people rather than seriously review the gallery
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I don't understand why hatred is flooded in the previous comments. As a previous intern who worked in the gallery for a long time, I can say most of the stories are totally made-up and untrue.It is sad that people can be so mean spirited and unfair. this is just sour grapes from unhappy people. From my own experience, the gallery is organized, hard working, honest and does a great job to help artists.
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My internship at Ethan Cohen Gallery was a rewarding and fulfilling experience. The gallery has a great environment where I developed research, analytical, and communication skills through conducting various tasks. Moreover, it is a place to learn about serious art. My director Ethan Cohen and my colleagues at the gallery were very helpful and loved to share their professional experiences with me. This internship solidified my decision to pursue a future career in the art business and I was honored to work in this professional environment
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Only positive experience with Ethan over the past 2 years as collector and business partner.
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Pathologically dishonest. Will lie about anything, for no reason at all, although mostly the lies end up benefiting him. Preys on young artists, raises their hopes, then proceeds to lead them on with promises of solo shows, art fairs, dinners with collectors. Buys their work for little money (as low as $50 in my case), then resells it for up to 10 times the price. Stay away, and if you can't stay away make sure you get a consignment form, especially if he says "you trust me, right"?
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Ethan Cohen is a gangster to put it plain and simple. Sadly he gives good Jews a bad name.
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Very bad far beyond imagination
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Great gallerie
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Ethan Cohen "lost" my paintings. How do you lose 15 works on canvas!??!!!
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Worked at this gallery for two years.

Artists, collectors, students looking for an internship: stay away. Beware. This gallery is mismanaged beyond belief. For example, and this is one of way too many, there was once a rat in his gallery space in Chelsea. Apparently, the rat first appeared one evening when Ethan was interacting with a potential client. In front of said client, Ethan chased the rat with a trash bag and broom. The rat escaped unscathed.

About a week later, the cleaning woman was on the phone with Ethan because there was some confusion as to what exactly should be thrown away in Ethan's bedroom, which is located on the second floor of the gallery (with various artist's work hung up with push pins like a college dorm). Ethan had the cleaning woman put me on the phone so that he could walk me through the process with the cleaning woman. Upon entering Ethan's bedroom, there were papers everywhere. The papers in question, though, were in the middle of the floor with chewed edges. "Hey Ethan. The papers have been chewed up your rat." Since Ethan had artist's works on the floor around his bedroom (some on consignment, some unfortunately left with Ethan based on promises), I asked if he would like me to at least put the artwork on his bed until he could find a suitable solution. "There's nothing to worry about. No. No need to do that," replied Ethan.

Special note to artists: If you absolutely find yourself in a situation where you have no other options but to let Ethan Cohen to sell your work (which I do not recommend whatsoever), get a consignment for all of your work, keep impeccable records, and do not rely on Ethan Cohen to ever have your interest in mind.

I witnessed numerous artists who Ethan worked with try to get their work back from him and, having no appropriate inventory system, he would tell them that they had to provide their copy of the original consignment to prove the gallery even had their work.

Artists, collectors, students looking for an internship: stay away. Beware. This gallery is mismanaged beyond belief.
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Complete disaster. Disorganized beyond belief. Can't believe this place is still in business. Stay away at any cost.
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The only reason this place stays open is that Ethan's mother pays the rent, and Patrick Regan, who was the assistant director until recently, was a great guy who was both competent, patient, and put up with being the scapegoat every time Ethan fucked up. Now that he's gone, the entire enterprise will crumble unless Ethan finds someone else to exploit.
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my experiences with ethan cohen gallery have been positive overall. definitely a professional atmosphere. doesn't hurt that the guy knows what he's talking about, especially with chinese art, etc. glad to be associated with this brand and ethan as a person.
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FLAKE. Ethan is all over the place and makes promises that he doesn't keep. Happened to have sold paintings for quadruple the price he told me he was selling them for (and paying me for).
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This gallery is the reason a site like this exists. The owner, Ethan Cohen, is a combination of fatally disorganized and dishonest, these two qualities often enhancing each other- i.e. losing a painting due to disorganization, then lying about losing it due to inherent dishonesty. In the interest of fairness and full disclosure, here are a few pros:
-he is genuinely open-minded, and will give a chance to just about anyone regardless of their credentials, c.v., or connections. He has a good eye, and a level of involvement in the Chinese art market that very few dealers have. He's given opportunities to emerging artists that they would have a slim chance of getting otherwise.
-everyone who works at his gallery -his assistand director, interns, etc. is lovely, honest and hardworking.
Here are some cons:
-the opportunities he provides for emerging artists come at a price, sometimes a purely financial one. He tends to convince young artists to stick to a ridiculously low selling point (which is fine, since they're young, no one's ever heard of them, it's a great opportunity) and then proceeds to sell the paintings for a lot more money, while giving the artists half of the original intended price. I have sold things through him at Art Basel to hear from another gallery owner later that he had sold them for four times the price we agreed on, and proceeded to give me one eighth of what he received for them. When confronted about this he got angry that I was talking to other dealers behind his back, and claimed that, with things going so fast in Basel, he had no idea how much anything sells for, and proceeded to blame everything on his assistant director (who would never do anything like that).
-he makes extremely enticing promises that he knows he can't, and possibly doesn't intend to keep. Which is both manipulative and dissapointing. It's also quite common, but I've never seen anyone doing it quite at Ethan Cohen's order of magnitude. In the two years he has worked with me and several other artists and curators I know, I have seen him promise inclusion in shows and art fairs, solo shows, collaborations with European galleries, a space for curatorial projects, and "collector dinners" hosted at his gallery so that artists could meet collectors. He sounds extremely convincing saying things like "your search for gallery representation can stop here, we'll take care of you" and then proceed to ignore someone's e-mails and phone calls for the next six months, reappearing only to say that he was too busy, there's no room for your work in this show, but perhaps the next one...
-he actually is too busy. Because his interests are many and eclectic, he is involved in a lot of projects, he has a hard time saying "no", and makes promises to more people than he can keep them to, (and most of them were probably a lot more important than an emerging artist,) the chances of him keeping any one promise he has made to anyone are almost nonexistent. I am not sure whether he intentionally makes promises he can't keep to hedge his bets, or it is just a result of the brutal lack of organization, but the result is utter lack of trustworthiness.
-he is manipulative. For example, when I said I wanted to talk about him giving me and other artists only an eighth of the price he sold paintings for in Basel, he said he invited me to talk at what turned out to be his elderly (and morally upstanding) parents apartment, where they were having dinner with some family friends, and where a confrontation is obviously impossible. He also tends to relegate the blame when he gets caught in an obviously dishonest act to the people who work in his gallery.
-I have realized, whilst writing this that it barely scratches the surface- to be continued...
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Untrustworthy beyond belief.
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