A very helpful article was posted in the Brooklyn Rail today on the artist-gallery relationship and how to protect oneself. If you are an artist, I highly recommend reading this and getting comfortable with the concept of protecting yourself- from a business standpoint.
I know how easy it is to not want to worry about this kind of thing when relationships happen organically and everything is going well. But trust me, you will be happy to have something in writing when the unexpected comes up- especially if your relationship with your gallery hovers on the friendlier side- having an agreement in writing will hopefully alleviate some of the anxiety that can come with having to put your business cap on.
Ultimately, it's about clarity, communication and expectation....with something in writing for everyone to reference back to when you or they forget.
Read the full article here: