We all know about the old "vanity publishing" industry for traditional authors of books and now we can all get our own art books printed almost anywhere these days, but what does the assembled group think of what to me seems to be a variation of this in art galleries?
This year, I decided to try and push my work a little bit harder in the more bricks and mortar art world and am meeting some success in getting attention from agents and galleries but in the mix too are the blatant vanity galleries. They give the same line each time: "We ONLY charge $285 for a month of 8'x8' wall space" along with a load of blurb about how many more views my work will get in THEIR location, not anywhere else... It's almost like there are the same half dozen in my area and each time a print of mine goes up anywhere, I get the SAME set of emails and business cards from these guys. From the "Is HDR passe" thread, I have two prints on a significant local gallery wall right now and within 24 hours of opening all the same guys had made contact.
I know these guys have always been about and that it is the agents job to get your work displayed, but not being an agent myself, I don't know how pervasive these guys are. Does anyone here have any input or links to online articles about this? Would save me from having to trawl through Google search results for half a day as I am really busy right now? Am I making a fuss feeling a bit ticked off at what is really a 'normal' way the art world does business?