Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Art Scam: Abraham Lubelski NY Arts Magazine

This blog is designed to help prevent aspiring artists out there being exploited by money making scams promising valuable exposure at a high cost.

ARTISTS: Do not pay large sums upfront for your work to be shown.

This is the e-mail I received today from Abraham Lubelski:

Senders email: abraham.lubelski@nyartsbeijing.com

Dear Scott,

I am pleased to inform you of an exciting opportunity to join an international publicity program based in New York City as well as exhibition in Broadway Gallery in SoHo, New York City.

My name is Abraham Lubelski, the publisher of New York Arts Magazine, and owner of The Broadway Gallery in NYC. I would like to invite you to join our publicity program that includes an exhibition in New York City in January 2012. I am interested in your work "Storm Cloud Study" and I believe it would be an important addition to our program. The brushstrokes dance and glide across the canvas, producing a palpable energy. The contrast between the grey and teal is sharp and creates a strong ambiance. By paying close attention to the intuitive works of each artist, we are hoping to construct an exhibition of works that truly speaks to our viewers and subscribers.

With this program you will get one year of publicity, full page in NY Arts Magazine (sold worldwide in major bookstores), an exhibition in the heart of NYC, in Broadway Gallery, a spread in Art Fair International Newsletter along with a year subscription, for a cost of $1,900. This is a media driven event and offers both emerging and established artists the broadest media coverage possible.

Abraham Lubelski
Publisher
NY Arts Magazine
abraham.lubelski@nyartsbeijing.com
473 Broadway, 7th floor, NY, NY 10013 | 212-274-8993



$1900!
After much research online, I am now satisfied that this is an outrageous scam.
Here's a link to a blog by artist Helen Ansell who seems to have done plenty research on this chap.

http://www.helenansell.com/_blog/Blog/post/World_Art_Media_and_NYArts_magazine_a_scam!!/

Unfortunately it appears he's still at it nearly 3 years later.

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

I worked there. He is a scam artist for sure. He doesn't know who the artists are. He just wants money. Doesn't care what the work is. If a homeless person took a shit in a bag but paid to have his/her bag of shit in the magazine, he wouldn't care. As long as the ridiculous fee is paid for. I can tell you everything! Email me!

Scott said...

Thanks for the info 'anon'

I have realised that the link to Helen Ansell's blog doesn't work, but here's a great e-mail from someone:

"Yes, World Art Media is a completely scam. Besides they deceive naive artists, they do the same with naive candidates who apply for a position.They promise you a high comission (10%) that you must achieve in a short period of 30 days(impossible goal for so short period) and a payment of $ 1,00 for each e-mail you send. You must send 40 e-mails by day, besides research,( the time you spend looking for web sites of artists), what means that you work 8 hours non stop in front of a computer and in the end of the day you receive the fantastic amount of $40,00 dolars.After a month sending 800 e-mails and receiving the "huge" amount of $ 800,00 dolars for 160 hours of work, without close any deal, of course! So, as you couldn't reach the "golden goal" of 10% comission, you are fired! After I left the company they post in craiglist at least one/two adds by month looking for a "energetic sales associate" with a promise of a great earning based on comission,goal that you never will achieve in a periodo of a month. After 30 days you ended with a misery salary of $ 800,00 dolars and leave to them a big data base of artists around the world, this list they keep forever in their files.What a "great deal".! Better to get a job and work in Mac Donald's, so you can get a higher payment by hour(more than $ 40 dollars by day) making a mindless work and at least you won`t be working under stress, pressure and won`t be deceive with promisses of high comission percentual, a impossible goal that you never will reach in a short period of 30 days."

Anonymous said...

Beware also of the apartment that he rents out for holidays. It's a dump and costs $3500 a week. Large deposit too - which is returned but your holiday will be spoilt by the bad taste of just being ripped off. Not even clean sheets are supplied and the kitchen/bathroom facilities are appalling. BEWARE he is after your money.

Anonymous said...

i worked there too. he pays college kids, recent grads to work in his "office" aka, apartment.. have them sit at a computer for 8 hours a day five days a week, just researching international artists and emails them the same letter. Dont work with him or pay to show there. Everything he promises is a complete lie. And during the openings, he hides. Because there are always artists that are angry with him. He is absolute garbage. He should be sued. So many others that have worked for him could go on and on and on...

Anonymous said...

he hires young people constantly, and fires them if they aren't making at least a couple "sales" a week to support his rent in the gallery.

Anonymous said...

This guy is still at work but now having someone named Peter Caine doing his dirty work for him. He approached me from Artspan's website and sent me an email about a specific piece I painted on my site.

I also think its interesting that the Broadway Gallery actually has a LiveStream feed that you can watch like its a legit place.

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to see you post a blog about a specific person who, if you meant, you have never met in person. I receive tens of phone messages a day from sales people of different companies, and see young girls and boys who distribute leaflets to me on the street. I've never bought any of their products. But, I respect their hard work and say "No, thank you!" to everybody... ... BTW, all these sales people may have been fired by the companies. They may also have started to sell new products while cursing their previous companies and the products...

broadway gallery said...

This site and many like it are simply desperate to generate their own traffic and make business for your selves. If you want a career in policing and investigating you should do exactly that. You should research and even contact the business referred to make sure these are legitimate complaints. We are transparent and provide you all the contact information necessary so we are not hiding anything. Our fees and services are clearly stated. These site and postings are simply a form of therapy for frustrated and disgruntled individuals.

We intend to update your site with the daily positive feedback we get or you can see it on http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/thanks/acknowledgements-and-thank-you-letters

Scott said...

@Broadway Gallery Blogging is a great tool to spread awareness, feedback and public opinion. This article is my opinion on the offer that was e-mailed to me. I quoted your e-mail and gave my OPINION on it in order to benefit others who value my opinion. I don't make a habit of posting articles purely to generate traffic. If I have inadvertently done that it will likely be down to the volume of e-mails you send out.
I cannot and will not vouch for ANY of the responses from others, but I do value everyone's opinion. If there are many artists satisfied with your service, this would make me happy that there is a balanced view on here. I am not stubborn enough to assume my opinion is always correct. If their is a convincing response from those that have found your services to be worthwhile, amendments will be made to the article to reflect that.
To dismiss bloggers and postings as 'desperate', and 'simply a form of therapy for frustrated and disgruntled individuals' is naive and ill advised.

morney said...

Hi Scott.Thank you for your posting on this NY Arts Magazine scam.I too was approached by Peter Caine and at first was very flattered indeed to receive such acclaim and admiration for my works.I became suspicious when i saw that i had to fork out $1900. Shouldn't they be paying me?

Thanks to you i now have piece of mind and i will make others out here in my country South Africa aware of this scam.

I am a self taught artist and unknown to the art industry and it is so easy for a artist as myself hungry to make my mark to be fooled with flattery to take these "scum artists" seriously.

The art world thanks you.

rosehobart said...

Dear NY Arts

I received the 20 copies of the limited edition cover version and I am more than happy! You made me very proud.

It looks wonderful. Thank you so much again!

-- Marcel Bastiaans

To read more about our satisfied clients please visit:

http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/thanks/acknowledgements-and-thank-you-letters

Anonymous said...

Artists beware - Peter Caine works for Abra­ham Lubel­ski who is the owner of the broadway gallery - seems like Abraham bought this place many years ago when it used to be a gallery district... there are no galleries around and no one comes to see the artwork - in addition there is a consensus in the art work that these guys are scam artists - stay away!!!!!!!!!!

broadway gallery said...

Dear NY Arts

I love to create particular works that speak about specific concepts.

I hope we can have a great cooperation!

Have a great night

-- G.G.

rosehobart said...

Global Projects at Broadway Gallery is an artist-minded initiative and way for artists across the globe to gain exposure in a New York art market. Broadway Gallery seeks to give passionate art makers the opportunity not only to display their fine work in a SoHo gallery but also to appear in the pages of NY Arts, a contemporary visual arts magazine that has been in circulation for over fifteen years. Despite what you may have gathered from the internet, there is no doubt that we are an artist-minded gallery, meaning that the artists as our clients are our number one priority. We at Broadway Gallery hope to provide a leg up for those who desire for their name and work to be seen by the New York and global market.

rosehobart said...

Dear NY Arts

Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your opinions on my work.

My best regards

-- R.S.

See what other people have to say about us:

http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/thanks/acknowledgements-and-thank-you-letters

broadway gallery said...


Dear NY Arts

Thanks for forwarding all the links. You had a great opening last night at Broadway Gallery.

I am looking forward to hearing about future projects we can work on together.

-- R.Q.

Unknown said...

Well, let me butt my head in a year or so after this exchange. Lubelski is a pain in the ass. Is he a scam artist? We're wading into a gray area here. The fee is, I agree, outrageous. Any artist shd. turn his or her nose up at it. However, against the odds, NYArts, the magazine, produces good work; by that I don't mean Lubeski, I mean the staff in NY, who have to deal regularly with Mr. L. Full confession, I write for them from time to time, for no pay. And yet, bec. L. is so cheap, you can't see it because he doesn't repair the website (ancient). So: I'm with you in your disgust, I didn't know he added the apartment biz to his repertoire, I am not trying to cover up in the slightest BUT Jason Stopa and others write about European art and bring it to the States, and vice versa. Unfortunately, Lubelski's MO is all too common in NY - which is why I left. I'm glad to see the discussion, and however corrupt the old fuck may be, a mini-Trump,
I wouldn't know about YOU without his lousy money-grubbing.

Unknown said...

Well, let me butt my head in a year or so after this exchange. Lubelski is a pain in the ass. Is he a scam artist? We're wading into a gray area here. The fee is, I agree, outrageous. Any artist shd. turn his or her nose up at it. However, against the odds, NYArts, the magazine, produces good work; by that I don't mean Lubeski, I mean the staff in NY, who have to deal regularly with Mr. L. Full confession, I write for them from time to time, for no pay. And yet, bec. L. is so cheap, you can't see it because he doesn't repair the website (ancient). So: I'm with you in your disgust, I didn't know he added the apartment biz to his repertoire, I am not trying to cover up in the slightest BUT Jason Stopa and others write about European art and bring it to the States, and vice versa. Unfortunately, Lubelski's MO is all too common in NY - which is why I left. I'm glad to see the discussion, and however corrupt the old fuck may be, a mini-Trump,
I wouldn't know about YOU without his lousy money-grubbing.

MWPHOTOS&ART said...

Fick det här mailet men av en annan kille så här skrev han

Kära Michael Willumsen,

Mitt namn är Peter Daniels och jag är en publicist / curator i New York. NY Arts Magazine och Broadway Gallery
är mycket intresserade av att representera ditt arbete och vill inleda en dialog om betydande internationell
exponering, publicitet och utställning möjligheter.

Jag vill börja med att bjuda in dig att delta i vår "Artist:. Hem och utomlands serien" Vänligen se
vårt förslag till fullständig information. Kontakta mig så snabbt som möjligt för att diskutera detta ytterligare.

Tack och jag ser fram emot att höra från dig!



Varmaste hälsningar,
Peter

verkar också skumt
kan maila mig om svar willumsen.michael@gmail.com

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jillwbaker said...
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jillwbaker said...

He even sent his photo on the letterhead! He now is Mark Vanderbilt. I'm glad I check it out and found out about this scam.

Jill Baker (JillBaker.com)

Mo said...

I also received an email from this art magazine.
I also was first flattered, but I expected something behind it. Now after searching in the internet I lost my flattered feelings immediately.

Artists (especially us unknown ones) can't afford 1900$. If we would be well known we wouldn't have to advertise and people would come to us and pay us.

Anyhow, I think if someone is interested in my art he needs to pay for it and not the other way round.

I'm very disappointed in the fact that 'poor' artists should pay such an amount of money to get some attention. This got nothing to do with art or love for art.

Diana said...

I've received this mail yesterday, but my intuition told me that something did not sound right, so I Googled it, and found your page. Thank you very much for the posts, I'll report it as a spam and spill the beans...
" My name is Imran, I am the publicist/curator for NY Arts Magazine in New York City. I came across your work and found it quite compelling. I would be very interested in representing some of your pieces in our magazine and our SoHo gallery.

I would like to include a selection of your work in the upcoming issue of NY Arts Magazine,both in print and online. Additionally, your artwork would be installed in our exhibition space, Broadway Gallery. This would be a unique opportunity to display your work. There is a production fee that would cover the costs for the print, online, and gallery campaign for a full year.

You can take a look at our gallery website at http://www.broadwaygallerynyc.com/
@
Check us out on Twitter!
twitter.com/ny_artsmgazine

Please email me so I can send you an attached document -- which can also be viewed through our website -- with a full publicity proposal and exhibition invitation.

Looking forward to working with you,

With Appreciation
Imran Duval
Publicist & Associate Curator
NY Arts Magazine
473 Broadway 7th FL
NY, NY 10013
917-302-2720
www.nyartsmagazine.com
www.broadwaygallerynyc.com

Anonymous said...

The name of the scammer is under the
name of Nicole Rousseau. Just
received comments within the last
2 weeks, and had to do some research
Thanks to all of you who also did
the research.

Anonymous said...

E-mail I recieved is nearly identical, except for one word:

My name is Imran, I am the publicist/curator for New York Arts Magazine in New York City. I came across your work and found it quite striking. I would be very interested in representing some of your pieces in our magazine and our SoHo gallery.

I would like to include a selection of your work in the upcoming issue of NY ARTS magazine, both in print and online, as well as physically displayed in our Broadway Gallery. This would be a unique opportunity to display your work. There is a production fee that would cover the costs for the print, online, and gallery campaign for a full year.

You can take a look at our gallery website at www.broadwaygallerynyc.com

Please email me so I can send you an attached document which can also be viewed through our website to view the full publicity proposal and exhibition invitation.

Looking forward to working with you,

With Appreciation,
Imran Duval
Publicist & Associate Curator

Dalibor Pehar said...

--so i belive this is also scam:

"Hello,
My name is Lilly Rocca. I am the Publicist/Curator for NY Arts Magazine and Broadway Gallery in New York City. I came across your website today and I am intrigued by your work. I would be very interested in representing some of your pieces in our magazine and in our SoHo gallery. I believe your particular style would truly resonate with our audience.
I'd like to discuss the possibility of including a selection of your work in our upcoming issue of NY ARTS Magazine (both in print and online), as well as physically displaying your work in our Broadway Gallery. This would be a unique opportunity to promote your art continually for a year, while gaining worldwide exposure.
You can take a look at our publication and gallery through our website.I would be glad to send you a full proposal with details of the costs involved.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Best,
Lilly Rocca
NY Arts Magazine
Publicist & Associate Curator"

--cause, basicaly, i dont have a web site :D

Dalibor Pehar said...

--so i guess this is also a scam:

"Hello,
My name is Lilly Rocca. I am the Publicist/Curator for NY Arts Magazine and Broadway Gallery in New York City. I came across your website today and I am intrigued by your work. I would be very interested in representing some of your pieces in our magazine and in our SoHo gallery. I believe your particular style would truly resonate with our audience.
I'd like to discuss the possibility of including a selection of your work in our upcoming issue of NY ARTS Magazine (both in print and online), as well as physically displaying your work in our Broadway Gallery. This would be a unique opportunity to promote your art continually for a year, while gaining worldwide exposure.
You can take a look at our publication and gallery through our website.I would be glad to send you a full proposal with details of the costs involved.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!
Best,
Lilly Rocca
NY Arts Magazine
Publicist & Associate Curator"

--cause, basically, i dont have a web site...

pinar said...

i have been approached too, with the same standard email. was very suspicious instantly and googled.

look what kind of art they are trying to get into their gallery, its a joke!
they are approaching everyone and anyone who posts a self generated pic.
scammers beware, google is everywhere :))

http://www.artistportfolio.net/index.php?secret=142&artist_id=17707

Lilly Rocca said...
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Lilly Rocca said...

Hi this is not a scam, this whole blog is slander and is defamation against NY Arts Magazine. NY Arts Magazine and Broadway Gallery will be taking action against this blog. NY Arts and Broadway Gallery always delivers what we promise and say we will do and is an outstanding company working with over 50,000 artists all over the world for the past 20 years. We all care about the artists we work with and it is wrong and unprofessional for ANY OF YOU to say awful things about us without knowing who we are or what we really do. We know our network is strong and we will keep on moving forward with those who are by our sides forever. peace & love always!

David Rohrer said...

The email I received was oddly familiar:
My name is Nicole, I am the publicist/curator for New York Arts Magazine in New York City. I came across your work and found it quite striking.

I would like to include a selection of your work in the upcoming issue of NY Arts magazine, both in print and online. This would be a unique opportunity to display your work. There is a production fee that would cover the costs for the print and online publicity campaign for a full year and an optional exhibition in our Soho gallery.

Please email me so I can send you an attached document including the full publicity proposal and exhibition invitation. These forms can also be viewed on our website. As an added bonus, please stay informed by signing up for our NY Arts newsletter here.

Looking forward to working with you!

Nicole Rousseau
Publicist & Curator
NY Arts Magazine

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for compiling this information online. I have recently received the exact email from a 'Nicole Rousseau', well, it was signed 'Nicole Rousseau', but at the top of the email her name claimed to be 'Nicole Hill'; cue warning bells. There are too many potential scams of this sort around, causing continuous junk email through my website. I assume they think flattery will get them everywhere, but at a cost few artists can afford. Really disheartening to those trying to create a genuine career in an already difficult marketplace.

Anonymous said...

I received a mail from Nicole Rousseau too.Was wondering if it is a scam!

Anonymous said...

(I find it hilarious this piece of shit scam magazine is trying to fight back in the comments.)

definitely a scam. worked for them. all they ask you to do is find artist based on criteria they believe might make them vulnerable for their bullshit. fyi real art magazines and galleries do not make you PAY THEM to show your work.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info here. I was also suspicious that they take a commission AND a rather large fee. This was my reasoning:With that kind of fee they won't need to do work to sell ones art and earn money from commissions.

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Anonymous said...

Good afternoon Scott
Il y a deux jours, j'ai reçu un mail de Abby (Abraham). Sur le moment je me suis dit : waouh, on me connait si loin ! Mais j'ai trouvé bizarre que quelqu'un scrute tous les blogs du monde pour trouver mon travail. J'ai ensuite regardé les peintures de Broadway gallery 7ème étage et je n'ai pas été enthousiasme par la qualité .... Ce sont des attrape nigauds. Merci de ton avertissement.

Anonymous said...

HUGE SCAM! I worked there for a mere 2 weeks and got out!

Anonymous said...

Merci pour cet éclairage sur le NYArts magazine. J'ai reçu le même email de la part de "Sarah Browning". J'ai failli me laisser piéger!

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