Island Weiss Gallery

Address: 201 East 69th st, Ph M, New York, NY, None, 10021
Phone: None

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Personable and easy to work with. Was paid promptly. Gallery is a small penthouse but I like that better, good for smaller works.
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The most caring & charming art dealer that I have ever encounter! They don't make them like him anymore
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Island is a pleasure to work with and truly loves artists. He is reorganizing his gallery with a stronger emphasis on contemporary painting and sculpture. His does not represent an orthodox model for a gallery, but for me, that is a strength in many ways. I look forward to a long relationship with this dedicated man.
This is not something I would say lightly.
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This gallery provides an intimate environment in which to show art to a selected group of collectors. The marketing is person-to-person based, rather than a cultivating broad awareness. Weiss has a loyaly for each artist he shows, and partners with the artist to reach receptive persons.
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Professional , knowledgeable, attentive, experienced,honest, and pays on time.
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Island is a good guy who genuinely gives a damn about the artists he exhibits. Friendly and professional, he makes sure that he puts the elbow grease into the show long with the artists themselves. If you are willing to do your part as an artist, you can rely on him to do his part as a curator.
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Showing with Island was a pleasure. Other people have explained in their reviews that the gallery is a small private residence, which is kind of a downside. But the upside is that communication was professional and organized. Island is clearly enthusiastic about art and the artists that he is showing. He is sociable facilitating really nice openings. Finally, he sold my work, was complimentary about it and paid on time.
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This is a gallery where you will be paid on time, be introduced to collectors at one of the owners openings/coctail parties, and sell a couple paintings (provided your work suits the mild taste of the collector base). The ideal work for this gallery is a slight nudge on the conservative/academic side. Therefore, if you're a young artist who wants to be the freshest thing in the art world don't bother looking this place up, this is not the ideal gallery to launch a big career from.
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Island has a big heart and does his sincere best for the artists he represents. He is willing to put his neck out and try new things. Island loves a cocktail party.
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This is a good gallery to get your feet wet and for beefing up your CV. That is because the gallery operates out of his (cozy and plush) penthouse apartment on the upper east side and can only be viewed on the day of the reception or by appointment only which limits the foot traffic that Chelsea would get and is not wealthy enough for serious marketing.
I’ve shown there as an artist and also have curated at this gallery, the latter was a worse experience. Island Weiss is one of the nicer gallery owners I’ve met and is pleasant to work with since he actually cares about your paintings and is a collector himself. That being said his abilities are limited because he usually deals with secondary market paintings (19th - 20th century) and is only now dabbling in the contemporary art which he does not have a taste or head for yet, nor does his collectors.
He is accommodating to new artists and will listen to your vision of a show but it will come with many compromises, mainly his taste versus yours and you will always loose. As a curator I’ve introduced him to a wealth of new contemporary artists but it seems he does not know what to do with them. I’ve stopped working with him after that because I’ve gotten cut out of the exhibitions and was not even credited for bringing in the new talent. It’s only fair because my work does not work well with his clients but he will take you on if you bug him enough. Island Weiss has a lot of potential for new artists but only if the director and artist has a better vision than he does.
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I've worked with Island both as a curator and as an artist, and he always does his best. He pays his artists on time (unfortunately an exception rather than the rule in the art world) and goes out of his way to introduce them to collectors. He is honest and professional, makes sure that artwork is hung and lit beautifully, and that nothing gets damaged.
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