An Artist Is Suing the Hole Gallery and Mamacha Cafe for Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Unpaid Fees and Lost and Damaged Art
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An Artist Is Suing the Hole Gallery and Mamacha Cafe for Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Unpaid Fees and Lost and Damaged Art

The gallery’s owner says it had nothing to do with the debacle. Dan Lam, Getting Soft (2018). The artist is suing The Hole gallery and Mamacha cafe. Courtesy of the artist. The Dallas-based artist Dan Lam is suing The Hole and Mamacha, a matcha cafe that operates within the New York City gallery, for allegedly failing to pay her for sculptures they sold during a 2018 exhibition, for failing to return unsold ones, and for damaging others. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in the New York State Supreme Court, says that Lam showed 60 of her neon foam and resin sculptures in April 2018 for the inaugural show at the hybrid gallery and cafe, and that the works were also offered for sale on The Hole’s e-commerce website . Lam says she only received $6,000 of the nearly $36,000 she is owed for the eight works that were sold, four that were damaged, and nine that have gone missing. She is not seeking a specific amount, and hopes the case goes to trial, where damages could be determined. “Unfortunately, companies and galleries taking advantage of artists is becoming an all too common occurrence,” said Lam’s attorney, Andrew Gerber, in an […]

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