The general adoption of non-fungible tokens doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon once New York City opened its first art gallery devoted entirely to NFT-supported art.
Superchief, an artist collective that runs galleries in New York and Los Angeles, announced the launch of the new gallery in the Union Square neighborhood. The gallery is showing NFTs in partnership with Blackdove, a manufacturer of high definition digital art screens.
The first exhibition, entitled “Season One Starter Pack” (possibly an allusion to the video game / cultural crossover of digital art) offers a wide network of over 300 artists. Each of the artists will auction a one-to-one NFT of their exhibited works as well as a drop of 72 prints. The gallery accepts both cryptocurrency and credit card payments.
The exhibition ties together a number of dubious “very first” claims from various galleries and museums around the world that want to exhibit NFT-based work – dubious because Cryptopunks were exhibited in galleries back in 2017 and pioneers like Kevin Abosch exhibited blockchain-based art, long before NFTs were even a concept.
An NFT exhibition of works by artists such as Abosch will be shown in the Russian Hermitage. On Friday, a museum in Beijing opened the supposedly first “major” NFT exhibition.
Likewise, the critic, collector and artist Kenny Schacter is planning a double physical and virtual exhibition on April 9th in the German gallery Nagel Draxler, possibly a world first, which will take place simultaneously in the Metaverse in the Museum of Crypto Art and in the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art.
The Spree of Institutions follows a now legendary series of NFT headlines in recent months. Once considered a technical niche, NFTs are seemingly everywhere these days – even on the evening news. Likewise, major media publications that traditionally completely ignored blockchain are now covering NFTs, partly due to the absurd sums of money flooding the room. That month, legendary auction house Christie’s sold a work by digital artist Beeple for over $ 69 million.