RK Replies (but we really shouldn't bother):
Well the fact you have nothing to do must be a reflection of the response a moth-market show like this has elicited.
RK has spoken to several attendees and seen a bunch of photos of the merch on offer, some of which -- well a little of which to be more exact -- is worthy of purchase by any serious collector.
But New England, unlike California and some Eurpoean countries, does not actually have many, or it is any, who might so qualify. Therefore, might we say for those few pieces it was "pearls before swine".
RK has also heard the crowd was good, considering, but the selling was poor. Also to have been expected.
In the end dealers who attend these low level affairs, or even the glitzier ones like the coming that rag hali fair in London, with dollar signs in their eyes can only hope to be disappointed.
Well, basically, because you all have allowed your leaders to do nothing to actually raise the profile, and attendant interest, in the subject.
However, more importantly you have allowed those miscreants and greedy self-absorbed ones among them, remember dennis the cheat and thief dodds, to perpetrate public acts of extreme perfidity, remember the bogus 'bellini' LACMA is now saddled with or his packing several small museum shows with his inventory and selling it off the museum's walls.
Let's also not forget michael franses's long career of over-dating his wares and then selling them for obscenely over-estimated prices, as well as his using that rag hali to help only those who play his game with him and ignore or hurt those who don't.
Then, of course, there is dr jon thompson and his triple crown of huge boners and professional blunders.
Remember thompson's Imreli faisco and his then trying to lie his way out of it, remember thompson's vetting and approving for purchase by George Hecksher ronnie newman's reproduction 'Dragon and Phoenix' fragment(which was the subject of a court case) and how could you all forget thompson, along with louise mackie and Walter Denny, approving for purchase dodd's late, genre copy, bogus 'bellini'?
Face facts, people are not stupid and although they might not know a Kazak from a Shirvan they do know the difference between honest and scheister unscrupulous dealing, professional and sleazy behaviour, and real versus nonsense amateur scholarship.
Not to mention the lack in oriental rug dealing of an organization, even one in name only, to oversee its members adhere to proper moral and ethical action.
Or any genuine peer review of publications in this field.
So sit on your butts and complain about the lack of business or public interest.
One thing is for sure until you all do decide to do something to remedy our words above, or more we can easily provide, you will have "nothing to do".
Might we say idle time for idle minds?
Hi Jack how r u? We in the artaa show had nothing to do so we thought about u. U sexy beast there unbelievable s group here, u should be here not in some homeless land. Your former lover is here as well . so wire to us and let us know where u . we r bored. love ya