When I'm sending a body of consigned work-- even a single piece-- to
the gallery, I feel that the shipping burden is on me. Shipping of
unsold or rotated work back to me is their responsibility. Special
orders, commissions and repairs (that are not a result of inattention
on my part, such as sizings, automobile flattening, garbage disposal
restructuring, etc.) are requested services and, as such, are the
shipping responsibility of the gallery or client.
If I need work back in a hurry or request one of my recently
consigned pieces back -- for photography, etc.--I offer to pay
overnight or speedy shipping charges. I feel that the gallery
shouldn't have to pay for my lack of organization or special
emergency needs. In and out placement of work can cost a gallery a
bundle in shipping and handling.
As far as exhibitions go.... It seems to me that if you are
participating in an invitational exhibition such as a museum, sales
gallery or university gallery venue where your work is requested, the
onus of shipping costs-- both ways-- rests on the exhibition
organizer. Alas, this isn't the way the world spins. Sometimes you
just have to eat the shipping costs if you want to participate.
Take care, Andy Cooperman