Artist Files Suit Against the Hole Gallery and Mamacha Cafe for Unpaid Fees and Lost Artwork

Posted on: June 11th, 2019 at 5:02 am by

Mamacha (née MoMaCha) is again facing legal action. This time from an exhibiting artist who alleges that the arty cafe – and The Hole gallery in which it resides – failed to pay on art sold, failed to return unsold pieces, and damaged others.

According to Artnet News, Dallas-based Dan Lam filed a lawsuit this week in the New York State Supreme Court. The complaint states that Lam showed sixty of her neon foam and resin sculptures during the inaugural April 2018 show at Mamacha, and offered for sale on The Hole’s website. Lam claims she only received $6,000 of the roughly $36,000 she is owed for the eight works sold, four that were damaged, and nine that reportedly went missing.

Lam told the publication that she “repeatedly requested information about sales and the whereabouts of her works, but Mamacha only provided a report filled with discrepancies, while The Hole’s website didn’t accurately reflect sales.” By last November, Mamacha allegedly stopped responding.

Kathy Grayson, owner of The Hole, claims that Mamacha is not a business partner, but a tenant leasing space from the gallery, so shouldn’t be named a defendant.

Catfish (MTV) creator Nev Schulman, his wife, Laura Perlongo, and photographer Eric Cahan together started MoMaCha at 312 Bowery in April 2018. And it’s been a lighting rod of controversy in the art world ever since. The maiden name proved an infringement of MoMA, and morphed under legal threat to the current moniker.

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