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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Jen Graves, Art Dealer

posted by on February 12 at 15:38 PM

A week ago today, Jen Graves posted this oil-on-linen painting by Linda Davidson, Genie, and the post got a ton of comments, including: “Oooooh I like that!” and “That’s stunning” and “Papa like” and “Bad ass!” Jubilation T. Cornball weighed in: “Wow. I could see this being done by a 19th Century English landscape artist. It’s got Industrial Revolution vibes all over it. And it’s gorgeous.

You remember the one, right?


The day after it was posted, Jubilation T. Cornball posted another comment to the thread: “At lunch today, this I went to the gallery and, I am pleased to report, this painting became the newest addition to the Jubilation T. Cornball Collection of Modern Art. Thanks, Jen, for alerting me to this beautiful painting.”

It’s true. I just got off the phone with Catherine Person at Catherine Person Gallery and she told me how it went down last week: “My assistant got a call from a Stranger reader asking me if the painting was still available. And we said: ‘Yeah.’” They hadn’t noticed that the painting had just been one of Jen Graves’s daily Currently Hanging posts. Catherine Person Gallery gives images to the media all the time.

I didn’t know it was even online and then this guy came in and said: ‘I saw it online and this is so what I’m into.’ I hadn’t met him before. I was so happy. I’ve had a lot of coverage before but nothing has resulted in a sale from print media. Not directly, like, ‘I saw it here and I’m buying it now.’ Not like that. It was great. And the guy’s great. I’m actually going to deliver the piece on Saturday to his house, because it was too big for his vehicle.

The painting went for $1,900, plus tax. Linda Davidson has a solo show at Catherine Person Gallery in November.

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Uh oh, better alert Modern Art Notes about this conflict of interest!!

Posted by boxofbirds | February 12, 2008 3:36 PM

good grief! now that the SLOG world knows that Jubilation T Cornball can afford to spend that kind of money on a painting, he should be very, very popular...

Posted by michael strangeways | February 12, 2008 3:36 PM

I've always said it, Slog always had the potential to be another craigslist, only artsier. I have a barely used 1982 mountain bike for sale, with glow-in-the-dark stickers artfully placed on the frame by a real Northwest artist. Just 1200 bucks! Contact

Posted by Gurldoggie | February 12, 2008 3:37 PM

I'm still looking for Daniel Plainview in this painting.

Posted by BELMONT PLACE | February 12, 2008 3:40 PM

Can it scroll up and down on his wall? That's what really made it for me.

Posted by Gloria | February 12, 2008 3:42 PM

It's all true.

And to think, for that same amount of money, I could have bought Mr. Poe, instead...

I'm looking forward to my new painting and want to reiterate my thanks to Jen.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | February 12, 2008 3:42 PM

most heartwarming Slog story of the year so far

Posted by Peter F | February 12, 2008 3:43 PM

@6, Mr Poe would go for half of that price.

Posted by Andrew | February 12, 2008 3:47 PM

Let's not forget that it was almost certainly a violation of the artists' copyright to post the whole image in large form on this website.

And send a memo to the RIAA and MPAA.

Posted by K | February 12, 2008 3:53 PM

Nice! I'd ask you to invite me and the missus over to admire it, but I'd just spill red wine on it.

Posted by Fnarf | February 12, 2008 3:56 PM

#9 It depends on what kind of contract the artist signed with the gallery; in many cases there's a clause that allows the publication of images for promotion and marketing purposes but more importantly, I doubt the artist is very upset since they just made at least a grand off this deal...

Posted by michael strangeways | February 12, 2008 4:03 PM

I was all set to give Jube shit for spending $1900 on a painting, and then I realized that I've got knives (Randalls) worth more than that.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | February 12, 2008 4:04 PM

#9, #11 is correct. The artist may have signed a promotional waiver allowing reproduction of the work. My late other half was an artist and this type of agreement was not at all uncommon.

I often signed agreements on his behalf from galleries all over the world that held shows of his work in order to get advance promotion out. The agreements usually allowed them "reasonable reproduction rights" (RRR) to use images of the work to promote the show. RRR is a nebulous term, but it never caused any issues for us. Most people exercise good sense in what's reasonable.

Posted by Wolf | February 12, 2008 4:20 PM

Wow so how big is it, anyway?


Posted by Non | February 12, 2008 4:25 PM

@8 the painting could go for twice!

@12 is that a threat?!?!


Posted by infrequent | February 12, 2008 4:25 PM

Jubilation is lucky. It is a stunning painting. $1,900 sounds reasonable all things considered.

Posted by homage to me | February 12, 2008 4:29 PM

@15, hardly - they're safe queens. There are three Randalls in the frickin Smithsonian for Chrissakes.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | February 12, 2008 4:30 PM

Does this mean Jubilation is buying drinks at tonight's SLOG gathering at Moe?

Seriously though - that's a lovely painting, and I'm shocked at the low price. A veritable bargain! Congrats Jubilation!

Posted by genevieve | February 12, 2008 4:41 PM

My Dear Non,

It is 76 x 22.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | February 12, 2008 4:44 PM

I'm just happy to think that from now on this will be known as "the Cornball Davidson".

Posted by Fnarf | February 12, 2008 4:46 PM

Tonight's slog gathering?

I'm going to miss it!

Posted by NapoleonXIV | February 12, 2008 5:02 PM

@18, 21: It's Thursday, not tonight.

Congrats on the painting, JTC. It's stunning, and will surely impress any houseguests - Fnarfian, Poeish, or otherwise.

Posted by Aislinn | February 12, 2008 5:14 PM

Is it made out of stickers?

Posted by Bronson | February 12, 2008 5:25 PM

I predict hot sex occurring beneath this painting.

Posted by Mr. Poe | February 12, 2008 5:30 PM

@23: Hmmmm...something tells me you know me :-) Otherwise, how would you know I own a Jim Blanchard sticker "painting" of Charles Bronson, hmmm??? Come clean!

@24: MR. POE!!! That's so funny because I was actually thinking about putting it over my bed LOL Maybe someday we two shall lay there, entangled in blissful, post-coital repose. Or not.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | February 12, 2008 5:49 PM

I am very jealous, Mr. Cornball.

Posted by Stephanie | February 12, 2008 6:09 PM

Someday, I'm going to buy paintings and not just posters.

Posted by Abby | February 12, 2008 6:35 PM

I wish someone would buy my art randomly like that, instead of it getting dusty on a gallery wall in Baltimore :D

Posted by brappy | February 12, 2008 7:34 PM

I know what I'd like a picture enormous penis!!!

Posted by Christopher Frizzelle's Enormous Penis | February 12, 2008 9:38 PM

As an airplane pilot, this painting makes me somewhat nervous.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | February 12, 2008 10:15 PM


Play your cards right and you could be lucky number 3.

Posted by Mr. Poe | February 13, 2008 9:10 AM

Nice price for that painting! congrats!

Posted by Andie deRoux | February 13, 2008 10:41 AM

Is Jubilation T. Cornball straight and single?

Posted by catnextdoor | February 13, 2008 11:09 AM

@11: Well, true, but the point being, completely reproducing the work in a mass medium led to someone wanting the physical object.

It helped sales, not hurt them.

Ergo, the lesson for the entertainment industry.

Posted by K | February 13, 2008 11:21 AM

@33: Nyet. And, nyet.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | February 13, 2008 4:39 PM
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Posted by snrdu | February 15, 2008 2:57 AM

Attention creates desire.

Posted by Catherine Person | February 15, 2008 1:22 PM

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