It is official, one of Portland's newest and best art galleries, Quality
, will close this coming Saturday (*Update to Update - it's going to take a bit of time before anything definitive can be stated. It definitely seems like business partnership restructuring drama and the gallery is currently closed with a contact on the door. It's best to just let this play out. *update Update... it is done.
I knew something was up when QP
(a PORT sponsor) suddenly decided to reshuffle their entire 2009 season in late
December, but we take the high road around here and never bask in the misfortune
of others. QP's director Erik Schneider in these two short years has put on a
consistently strong lineup of shows and had a 5 year business plan. Obviously,
some very serious financial factors are effecting our economy in dramatic ways
that few businessmen could anticipate, and we anticipated some gallery closures...
especially amongst newbies. Erik had backers and I suspect his business partners
might have had a lot to do with this. Erik himself was taking a pragmatic approach,
keeping his tax accounting business going on (death and taxes being the most stable businesses out there). In fact, all dealers should expect to lose
money for at least 3-5 years and Erik definitely planned for those realities.
He was even making sales during Holly Andres "Sparrow Lane" show when
other galleries weren't moving anything this summer. Then October came along.
I know more generalist media tend to take schadenfreude
in others misfortune...
mistakenly thinking the art world is just a playground for the wealthy, but to
the art community art dealers aren't normal businessmen, it isn't like running
a grocery store. Art dealers are promoting the sale of difficult objects and supporting artists
as a kind cultural ecosystem builder. It's tough to find the right artists, staff,
location and niche. For me it is sad that Erik wasn't able to fully develop his
niche of the Portland art ecosystem. Art is a tough business and really anyone
who undertakes its paradoxes is worthy of respect. Thank You Erik, you've devoted
tremendous time, money and energy to Portland and we appreciate it.
This list of Quality Pictures exhibitions reviewed by PORT says a lot about
the worthiness of the effort:
Portland has a bustling, competitive scene and few galleries have had 5 reviews
in the past 2 years from us like Quality Pictures had.
Some other very notable exhibitions were:
Andres' Sparrow Lane
Thanks for signing in,
. Now you can comment. (sign
(If you haven't left a comment here before, you may need to be approved by
the site owner before your comment will appear. Until then, it won't appear
on the entry. Thanks for waiting.)