Be advised! Another site devoted to valuing and predicting emerging artists is threatening to publish. The intent is obscured by the English syntax but there’s no telling that ArtRankor.com will be any better or worse than the other recent attempts at quantifying the art market.
The first quarter of 2014 saw brief posts from an anonymous chart-maker and the ham-handed attempts to maintain a cloak of mystery at the site first dubbed sellyoulater.com and now artrank.com:
it has emerged that the proprietor of Sellyoulater.com is a 26-year-old former art dealer and gallery owner named Carlos A. Rivera. […] Mr. Rivera decided to rebrand his website as ArtRank. When he did this, he explained over the phone this morning from his Los Angeles home, there was a technical glitch and his personal information was revealed.
Before starting Sellyoulater, Mr. Rivera, who grew up in various South American countries (“My father is an oil man,” he told us), studied business and film at USC, and ran a succession of two art galleries in Los Angeles, beginning in 2009. The second of them, called Rivera & Rivera, was in the West Hollywood area. In December 2011, he shut down his gallery after a collector approached him about starting an art investment fund, which eventually became Sellyoulater.
Sellyoulater.com Proprietor Revealed (Gallerist)