- Posted by Johanna on July 28, 2007 at 10:19 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Today’s advice: don’t commission work from Michael Golden. Judging from this customer’s experience, his art representative takes the money, doesn’t deliver in anything near the promised timeframe, and when the piece finally does turn up 9 months later (only after much prodding), it’s completely unprofessional.
This Byrne board poster paid over $500 for a commission, promised in a month and a half. He had to keep pushing, which apparently aggravated Golden, so Golden decided to deliver a piece that makes fun of the customer. (He also misspells “virtue”.)
The art agent, Renee Witterstaetter, also seems to have some problems with keeping her story consistent. (You may remember her name from the nasty breakup with Arthur Suydam last year in which he was putting out PR about firing her.)
Why am I applauding John Byrne? Because when he read this story, he made the following offer: “email your address … and I’ll send you something actually worth $500.” That’s a nice thing to do to make up to someone when you have no involvement in the problem. I suspect, during his long career, Mr. Byrne has learned that annoying and driving away customers who were previously willing to spend money is bad business for all artists.
There are at least three other people who commissioned work from Golden around the same time who haven’t received anything yet. (Rich Johnston also covered this problem in early June.) Not a good way to get your name back out in the business. Word of mouth spreads quick amongst those with this kind of cash to spend on art, and they don’t want to work with someone who doesn’t deliver or delivers so inappropriately.