Flaunt Magazine Didn't Pay Its Art Basel Bills, Locals Say

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courtesy of Kerry McLaney
The Mana warehouse before McLaney and her crew went to work
McLaney sent Barajas an email asking for $12,700, but the magazine mogul shot back: "Unfortunately the job was never completed if it wasn't for our crew and Vance Crew I have giving you $13,500 which I believed is more than enough for the poor job you executed." He then directed further complaints to his lawyer.

In a statement to New Times, Barajas wrote that McLaney's crew hadn't completed its work on time and had built "structurally unsound" and "unsuitable" walls.

"One of the most important installations was never completed due to the delays. Flaunt still incurred the cost of the installation -- over $4,000 worth of draping, projector rental, and shipments for a work that was never shown," he continued. "As a result of McLaney's failure to construct suitable walls on time, the entire production schedule, from lighting to installation of artworks was delayed, resulting in numerous rushed work orders, the need for additional cleaning crews, and therein additional expenses to Flaunt."

"Flaunt is still assessing the damages caused as a result of McLaney's egregious negligence and is weighing all legal options accordingly," Barajas concluded.

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courtesy of Kerry McLaney
McLaney's crew at work. The wall in the foreground was built, then broken down, then built again at Barajas's orders
But McLaney says she is the one getting screwed. She says she inherited an impossible, ever-changing project at the last minute. Now she and her carpenters are out $17,000.

"I know Luis is from L.A. and everything and they put up movie sets overnight, but it doesn't work like that here, especially at the 11th hour," McLaney says.

Lobato backs up her friend.

"Kerry worked her ass off for him," she says. "He's just a scumbag. And he needs to be made an example of."

Both McLaney and Barajas claim they are considering lawsuits. But McLaney says the ordeal falls into a broader category of out-of-towners flying into Miami for Art Basel only to leave wreckage and unpaid bills behind them.

"It's a Basel routine," she says with a shake of her red hair. "They come down here with no experience and make ridiculous requests at the last minute."

"It makes Miami look stupid."

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courtesy of Kerry McLaney
The completed space
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19 comments
StephenSorace
StephenSorace

My company had a similar situation last year's Art Basel from the magazine Haute Living. We worked 7 events in a row for them providing pictures and video with a 24 hour turn around time because they needed the pictures up immediately. At the end of Basel they refused to pay us saying our price was "too high" and wouldn't discuss with us any sort of agreement nor respond to any of our messages.  We also didnt sign a contract as they said it wasn't necessary; lesson learned. 


Since we were a new company and this was our first big client, they took advantage of us and we did not initially pursue for fear of the "larger corporation". Luckily I received great advice from a friend and are pursuing negotiations through a legal matter. 


We had enough money to continue the company, but for other businesses they might have invested more then could handle. 

Erik Swagerty
Erik Swagerty

Didn't something like this happen last year too?

Louis Wing
Louis Wing

emmm....la cheque es en.. the mail

Jeff Rab
Jeff Rab

not surprising. this is pretty typical for event producers.

Street Art
Street Art

No ones fault but the event planner. Should have requested all the money up front.

Liana Lozada
Liana Lozada

This tops their Guantanamo-themed Coachella party last year.

jjcolagrande
jjcolagrande topcommenter

One of the lessons here is simple, and Kerry alluded to it in this poorly written article, Miami locals should be very weary of working with out of towners who come in and act like they own this place. On the contrary, we should work against them. But then again, you have examples like the FON fest, who were locals, and completely fucked over so many locals. Maybe in general the real lesson here is you just say no unless you get paid first. Period.

Can someone take this stupid badge off my name?? :)


DavidDennis
DavidDennis

Objectively, it looks like pretty nice work to me.  Certainly seems good enough to please any reasonable audience.

Myra Wexler
Myra Wexler

YO Kerry McLaney, darling, yo MOMMA had NO idea. How DARE that AHOLE!!! Take him to court, for sure. There ought to be a law. So sorry to hear about this.

Chris Anthony
Chris Anthony

then don't let them back in, it is amazing to hear from artist as too how many were ripped off, while others pull stunts like this SMH in disgust!!!

JoseDuran
JoseDuran moderator communitymanager

@jjcolagrande J.J.: I have a lot of respect for you, but when you throw remarks like "poorly written" when it's anything but it makes it difficult to maintain that level of respect.

jjcolagrande
jjcolagrande topcommenter

@JoseDuran I respect you too and I retract the poorly written comment. The article is well-written, I should've been more specific. I was turned off by a few sentences like "she says with a shake of her red hair." It makes the victim seem like a caricature or bobble-head, and we learned of her red hair on the first page, why is that even important, but that's my opinion--more importantly, this is a digression and a nitpick and I don't mind being called out for it. By the way, those walls looked fine.

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