Is it legal to refuse sale to a particular collector?
Repetitive pattern over the course of a decade — Collector, a medical practitioner of some large-City-notoriety and no doubt ample finances, contacts artist wanting inventory lists of available originals. Artist furnished collector with requested inventory. Collector wants prices on x number of particular pieces. Artist furnishes collector with price list. Collector wants artist to run down for him what inspired each of the pieces in question. Artist furnished collector with accounts of what was the inspiration behind said pieces. Collector makes vague statement to artist which could be construed as a put down of the work’s given inspirations and is not heard from again for another year-and-a-half or two years at which time he repeats the same, identical stunt.
Is it legal (USA) for the artist to tell this collector not to darken the doors of artist’s physical or cyber space anymore, that the artist will not be selling to said collector under any circumstance, and for the artist to suggest to this collector that, if he wants to purchase artwork produced by the artist, to go hunt some up that another collector owns and try to talk him/her out of it?