UDPATE: Vladimir Bachorik agreed to drop the matter, according to court documents entered by Judge Peter Flynn on May 25, 2017.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A Prague-based artist claims in a lawsuit that a Chicago gallery he hired to to market his work still owes him $20,000 for a piece that was sold at Art Basal and refuses to return nine other artworks housed at the gallery.
Vladimir Bachorik, known for his glass sculptures, filed the lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court against Echt Gallery located at 222 W. Superior St.
Echt Gallery agreed to market 11 pieces of artwork from Bachorik and sold two of them during Art Basal in Miami in 2013, according to the lawsuit. When Bachorik realized his art had been sold, he contacted the gallery for his share of the proceeds.
Six months after the sale, Bachorik was paid $12,500 by the gallery for the sale of a glass sculpture titled “Access,” the lawsuit said. Bachorik claims that the gallery is withholding $20,000 for the sale of the second glass piece called “Inside” and has ignored his requests for payment.
Nine other pieces of Bachorik’s art are still housed at the gallery and have not been returned to him after repeated requests, the lawsuit stated.
Echt Gallery did not immediately respond when asked to comment.
The 4-count suit seeks an unspecified amount of damages and requests the return of the Bachorik’s art.
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