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Insights into Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont’s profit-sharing, a vibe check at Upstate Art Weekend, and more gossip from the art world | Pro Club Bd

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Breakups are tough. They’re even more difficult when your finances are tangled. Just ask superstar artists Mickalene Thomas and her partner, art collector Racquel Chevremont.

The sad, previously unreported news that the beloved art world power couple split in 2020 after a decade together was broke in just over a week ago page sixwas confirmed by the duo, who told the publication, “We have ended our long-standing personal relationship but remain committed to completing our current projects as Deux Femmes Noires.”

For the uninitiated, the couple, who have been together since 2011, run Deux Femmes Noires as a platform for queer colourists. Their joint projects include a new show up now at Parish Art Museum at Water Mill, New York, with works by Torkwa’s Dyson, Kennedy Jankoand Leila Babirye.

Curating for nonprofits is one thing; their business relationship is different. Because as wet paint can exclusively reveal, her financial arrangement was not only good for Thomas, but also for Chevremont, who received a handsome 20 percent cut in sales on commissioned work she was involved in. A 20 percent commission structure for Chevremont was in place.)

Here’s the breakdown. According to a 2020 spreadsheet from Thomas’ studio leaked to Wet Paint, an 80-by-60-inch painting — the smallest commissioned work in the document — would cost about $14,000 to produce. That sale However, the price is a 4042.8 percent Premium: $580,000.

But not only that. If Chevremont were involved in the work, the retail price would go all the way up to $685,000 — and Chevremont would receive a 20 percent discount off the sale, or $137,000.

And that’s all at the very low end of the spectrum. At the top, a 120-by-288-inch piece of art that would cost $36,000 to produce would cost a buyer a whopping $2.05 million — meaning Chevremont would get $410,000.

A 2020 chart was shared with Artnet News detailing the prices for commissioned work by Mickalene Thomas. The rightmost column labeled “RC Prize 20% @ 60/40 Split” contains prizes that include a commission for Thomas’ former love interest Racquel Chevremont.

The source who provided the document to Wet Paint said they were under the impression that the premium for the artwork Chevremont was involved with constituted a manager’s fee, which aligns with their understanding of Thomas and Chevremont’s relationship. That is, Chevremont did not generate passive income. According to the source, Chevremont effectively filled the role of Thomas’ business representative, and it’s not uncommon for people in that role to get a piece of the pie.

But both Thomas and Chevremont dismissed that account.

When asked for comment, a Thomas Artnet News representative said that the document “was an outdated internal studio working document used as a pricing guide for special commission work, not retail paintings.” The price difference reflects an increase over the base price when Racquel is featured in the painting as this work is rarer.”

The spokesman added: “It is a single page taken out of context from a multi-page document that related to only a single work. In general, the prices of Mickalene’s work vary according to subject, medium and size.”

For her part, Chevremont also said the more expensive works depicted her. But in one tantalizing detail, she added, “However, to date, I have not received any portion of those sales.” When asked if she was still Thomas’ financial partner, she said, “I’m no longer their managing director, we always have.” still doing business together. “

Regardless of the exact reason for the fee, Chevremont is (was?) a frequent collaborator and muse of Thomas, posing for some of his most popular collages and photographs. But those times seem to be over. Although neither Thomas nor Chevremont would comment on whether their business agreement was final, page six reported that they split not only romantically but also professionally.

From now on, after the departure of Lehman Maupin about three years ago Thomas is listed as “connected with”. LGDR on the gallery’s website.


The barn at the swimming hole.

Somewhere between the old-school pomp of the Hamptons and the oddity of the new scene up in maine is the art scene in upstate New York. Last weekend, vendors and art lovers flocked there for the annual Art weekend in the backcountry, hosted by Helen Tommer. And the general atmosphere was calm and idyllic.

The weekend began for me with the hard realization that it would be an immense challenge without a car. Like most I knew, it made its way there suckerties to the Eric Oglander‘s opening of subtle, elemental sculptural works at Pivoting galleryI had the special pleasure of relaxing in a quieter environment at the swimming holea new artist residency program deep within the cat skill Mountains, named for the pristine swimming hole on its campus.

“I bought it during lockdown” its owner, Deb Johnsonwho is also a professor Pratt Institute, he told me on the five-kilometer drive from the road to the hidden house. “I liked being able to just get away from it all the.

Johnson, who started the residency program about a year ago, hosted a number of artists during my visit, including Nancy Davidson, Rick Klauber, David Provan, Rebekah Welz, Lyn Godleyand Sky papewho each had a week to create and organize a group exhibition on the subject of birds.

“We had the most interesting conversations,” Welz, who contributed wire sculptures that cast elaborate shadows on the barn wall, told me. “It can be such a lonely existence to be an artist. It’s been really fun to see how each of us reacts to working together.” (As she told me this, I began to imagine the world’s softest reality TV show taking place, with all of these artists politely dissenting are when it comes to placing the filigree paper cranes.)

David Provan puts the finishing touches to the show.

After a deeply soothing slumber in the barn (the show included a particularly hypnotic audio component), I was picked up by a friend in a car about 40 minutes southeast of the site Port Even to see a group show in a derelict post office building owned by an artist Kate Steciw.

Inside, nonprofit art noise for now‘s group show Bless This Mess included works by Charlotte Hallberg, Letha Wilson, Amber Renayeand Josh Reames. It was almost oppressively wholesome to watch a child pick up a devilish ceramic egg and try to eat it and a group of young artist parents all laughing together.

I mean look at this thing!

I mean look at this thing!

The rest of the day was a mix of pool meetups and group shows, all blended into one party foreshorethe mixed-use art space in an old factory just west of the hudson Flow. I missed the open studios during the day but was privy to a DJ set Chabalala Himselfwho played “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee to a crowd that included artists like Lyle Ashton Harris, Heaven Hopinkaand Steve Locke.

The crowd crowded around a giant inflatable version of the mysterious and well-loved painting Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses soeurswhich was linked to the sunset over the river for the most Instagram pic of the weekend.


Olmo Schnabel continues his career in the movie business with a new movie currently in production… Allison Katz is no longer listed Luhring Augustine‘s roster… Broadway Gallery is expanding into the space next door and is scheduled to reopen with a in early September Jamilah Sabur Solo exhibition … Ugo Rondinone‘s beloved site-specific sculpture 7 magic mountains gets a months-long pressure wash in the dusty hills of Nevada (me next?)… The Dallas Art Museum Has typed Gowri Natarajan Sharma as CEO… Lower East Side port of connection dog hair was overrun by scene-goers for the premiere of Downtown Blaketheman1000‘s new song about Dean Kissickfor which the bar is switched off meadsYanks Subway Series game to the dismay of many…


Some light welding played a part in Tom Sachs’ Rocket Factory NFT project.

*** fellow gossip connoisseur Couri hay at Ivan Trump‘s funeral *** Shameful trader Bill Arning on tick tock Announcing shows in his new space in child hook *** pioneering work‘s annual midsummer benefit Ronan Farrow, Derrick Adams, Baseera Khanand Darren Aronofsky *** Sotheby’s in relation to Buzz Aldrinis in flight Apollo 11 Jacket as a “space-flown artefact” *** Tom Sachs Giving crypto investors a lively tour of his NFT rocket project with him middle street Studio *** Ruby Aldridge, Sasha Melnychukand Julia Fox at the opening of the guerrilla group show “The Crying Game”. Kanalstrasse 83whose functions of works Larry Clark, Ryan McGinley, Chad Mooreand Martin Kippenberger ***Vincent Gallo Stroll around and take lots of photos Sean Koonson of Jeffat an event for Yves Saint Laurent ***


I’ve seen bad behavior in art galleries before, including (but not limited to) breaking a sculpture, openly using drugs, and an outright fight. I don’t seem to be alone.

curator Lolita Cros has a story that I’m sure will resonate with many women in the art world: “For many years, every time I had a show, an old man would come up to me at the opening with contempt and ask if he may talk to my boss, ‘Lolita Cros’.”

Sigh. Another curator Brooke Wise, detailing that a collector stole a small sculpture from a show “as a joke,” only to return it to her without further ado. Oops!

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