A lawsuit between artist Derek Fordjour and Robert Blumenthal Gallery is making its way through the courts. According to an article in Artnews, the gallery originally paid the artist $20K for 20 works and only received 13. Now they want the other 7 pieces, or $1.45M. Guess Fordjour is one of those artists that went from nothing to something very quickly … those stories always amaze me.
This whole thing seems crazy. Why doesn’t Fordjour create 7 works for the gallery that gave him early support, and then move on? The biggest winners here will be the attorneys.
On a side note, back in 2015 one of the artist’s works – Untitled (Girl with Trophy), 2015, 60 x 52 inches – brought $8,125. Four years later (2019), his Green Horn (from 2014, 60 x 40 inches) made $169,293. Now that is an impressive increase.
We will pass on any updates as they become available.