BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Why down on Park West ?

I posed a question earlier about being an auctioneer for Park West.    A couple of the responses had undertones of negativity.  I have read the stories and heard the grumblings.  Why are so many people down on Park West ?  We have never had anything but positive experiences with them.  One time, several pieces were damaged in shipment.  Every one was replaced, including one which was worth more than the one we had purchased.   

Art should always be purchased only for aesthetic reasons.   Never for investment.  Plain and simple.    We no longer go to the auctions, but only because we have no viable wall space in the apartment.   That being said, I did find a very nice piece while waiting for dinner.  No auction, just, I would like to buy that original oil by *******.  Deal.  It hangs in our bedroom.

So, why the negativity ?

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ctav
Contributor Level: Captain

hummmm, I didn't read any negatively in the responses posted. I have no idea what Park West is and I have only been to farm sales and heard auctioneers where I understand "Do I hear" and "Sold to the man in the back with a straw hat and bibs" Anything in between sounds like very loud  mumbles.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I have only bought one art work on a cruise ship.  Mostly I find that little appeals to me but everyone,s tastes are different.  I did purchase for my husband a 3D signed photo of the Beatles crossing Abby Road.  I did not buy it at auction but at a cocktail party that I was invited to since I had checked off that I was interested in art.  I bought it at the lowest price that they were going to start off the bidding the next day.  I did attend the bidding the next day & they did start the bidding at the price I paid.  So I felt that they were honest.  

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

We have friends that are such good Park West customers, that they have  earned free cruises from them.  she is an art history teacher and they have no more wall space.  They now are to the point where the rotate some of the art work.  She marvels at the blank spaces on out walls.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Park West was the company that held the cocktail party and the auction that I attended.  Lots of other passengers bought art both at the cocktail party & at the auction.  I have a friend whose husband buys a piece of art every time he cruises. 

 

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

One of these days I need to go to one of these auctions. I just never seem interested at the time to take away from enjoying the cruise

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

Park West seems to have many detractors, but I am happy with the works I have bought from there. I may or may not have overpaid, but I am comfortable with the prices I agreed on.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

It has nothing to do with the aesthetics of art work (although I do not usually find much in their cruise collections that appeals to me). It has more to do with reputation and integrity. 

This is the Wikipedia summary

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_West_Gallery

Here are a few relatively easy-to-find articles

1. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/16/arts/design/16crui.html

2. http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130909/BLOG011/130909878/lawsuit-reinstated-against-park-west-over-art-sold-on-cruise-ships

3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anita-dunhampotter/the-worst-place-on-a-cruise-ship_b_2966237.html

While, I am glad to hear that you have not had problems with your purchases (BAK1061 and others here) this amount of evidence is impossible for me to ignore.

ToddTheCruiser
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

In my 5 cruises. I have never stepped foot in a gallery. No interest at all.  What possible valuable art would be sold on a Carnival ship?

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We just aren't interested in attending the auctions.  I've only seen a couple of pieces that I would have considered buying, and cruise time is not the right time in my budget for buying art Big Smile  Oh, who am I kidding?  I'm too cheap to buy the real stuff.  Amazon is my friend, and just the bargains.Yummy

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I believe 3 of the featured Park West artists have done work that graces the hulls of Norwegian ships.  Peter Max, Linda LeKinff, and one other I'm not familiar with.  It's the newest ship I think.

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