5 Dec

IMG_6858Those of you who are interested in the antics of “top tastemakers” Debut Contemporary should visit Charlie Tuesday Gates and read about her CON ARTIST demonstration/infiltration at their Christmas party. She’s brave (and firmly within the law– she very shrewdly checked with the police first!), righteously angry, funny, and among other things you will learn:

  • About Debut’s “CEO” [sic] Samir Ceric and his failed “airline” that wasn’t really. According to company records at Duedil.com he is 39 years old and has TWENTY-THREE known defunct businesses behind him. Therefore if they were spread out evenly throughout every year of his adult life this would amount to at least one defunct business for every single year since 1992. He retired from only three, i.e. in only three cases does it appear the company outlived his involvement. The closed companies include two (Globace Ltd, and the interestingly named Salon Gallery Ltd) flagged in the database as having, quote, “possible adverse information” about the financial risk and general advisibility of dealing with these companies. There’s another one– Graduate Art Fair Ltd– that is also dissolved but seems only to be recorded at Companies House and not on the Duedil database.
  • How Ceric also claimed to be a board member for the British Council (with screengrab proof of the since deleted page. Addendum: actually amended– page is still there but it now says he just attended a workshop, alongside at least one known crony of his from elsewhere) and how that didn’t go down at all well with the British Council… because he wasn’t a board member. Not even close. He also seems to be doing the “who’s going to check this magazine or quote actually exists?” press clippings trick.
  • How DC tried to reel Gates in even though she turned up to her interview with a dead fox in a suitcase… then persisted in citing her as one of their success stories for a year after she’d told them where to go. (A correspondent tells a similar story here about her asking them to remove a spurious testimonial and an unauthorised image from their promotional literature three years previously.)
  • How, when the police were called to remove Gates and her crew, the police apparently agreed that Ceric might well be liable to prosecution based upon the information available about him.

and, last but not least, as CTG says:

  • “You can’t buy your way in. There is no shortcut to fame and glory.”

Anyway, her post is far funnier and more inspiring than my boring summary so I suggest you go and read it.


And to The Hospital Club, The Guardian, and various other supposedly reputable people or organisations who shouldn’t really in good conscience be having anything to do with Debut Contemporary instead of taking everything they say and do at face value… having carried out the basic and not very time consuming homework you should have done before you endorsed Debut Contemporary I’m sure I can speak for Charlie Tuesday Gates and myself when I say: you’re welcome.

3 Responses to ““I CHOKED ON MY LOAD””

  1. Gillian Mciver 06/12/2013 at 1:08 PM #

    I agree. here’s my perspective! http://blog.gillianmciver.org/2013/12/06/why-you-dont-need-to-debut/

    • Alistair 06/12/2013 at 1:17 PM #

      Finishing School– yes! I never thought of it like that but you have it absolutely right, with all the preposterous Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, debs balancing books on their heads baggage that entails. “My artist gels are the creme de la creme.”
      Gillian’s take on Debut shenanigans is essential reading for anybody who’s following this story or thinking of getting themselves finished off by a pay to play art business.

  2. Alistair 08/01/2014 at 3:15 PM #

    Reblogged this on Alistair Gentry.

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