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Should a “serious painter” play with NFTs? –

By on July 7, 2022 0

With a world in crisis and an art market spiraling out of control, art world consultants Chen & Lampert deliver hard truths in response to questions sent in by Art in America readers everywhere.

As a serious painter, I paid no attention to the NFT art boom. People in my world keep talking about it, but I barely understand what NFTs are and can’t say I particularly care about it, since my job has nothing to do with media or video art. I took a few meetings with crypto undertaken just to please my gallery owner, and each time they were talking in circles about a setup that had made a group of unrecognizable artists into millionaires. After checking the work on their sites, I still haven’t a clue – none of it looks like art to me. Now, a curator I admire wants to work with me to launch a collection on another unknown new platform. I don’t see the audience for these digital things being interested in my work. If I sign up and the coins sell and everyone makes money, that’s great, but how bad would it be for my career if my NFTs were a flop? Will this hurt the sales of my actual paintings? It took me a long time to build top notch prizes.

Wow, you have a high regard for your art and, like all painters, you constantly insist on anything that might smear your handcrafted photos. We recall sure the paintings are the original NFTs. Through the ages they have been hoarded like Pokémon cards by royalty, the clergy, the industrialists and the brothers of finance who breathe their mouths. How come you can act like you’re above it all? As a market painter who ultimately produces money laundering vehicles, you should see NFTs embrace the cousins ​​of your crude canvases.

You might not believe it, but NFT-crushing tweens, twenty-somethings, and incels of all ages deserve some credit for trying to start a new art form that doesn’t resemble pre-existing models. Finding themselves locked out of your fine art world, they’ve cleverly found a new way to play the game. Sure, their state-of-the-art screensavers are mostly lame and devoid of aesthetic value, but at least these folks matter with life in the 21st century. Look at it from their perspective: your analog work looks more like a stillborn than a still life.

Your NFT escapades are unlikely to hurt IRL art sales. Your serious collectors probably aren’t lining up to buy the latest Yeezy deals or invest in neo-Nazi GIFs. If anything, the publicity you generate could bring a moment of attention and up to forty-seven visits to your artist page on your gallery website. In the meantime, consider creating 1,000 NFT variants of dancing Rasta dolphins and see if you can live with yourself. But given your active disdain for the medium, it’s easy to see how quickly you’re doomed in the brave new world.

I am an artist who has made money for the past two years despite the pandemic. A poet has collaborated with me on the titles of two shows, and I’ve been thinking lately that I should pay for the help. The poet didn’t want credit for the work and never suggested any type of payment, but that seems fair. Since I get paid for my work, the writer should get paid too. Any suggestions on how to calculate how much to give?

An artist in a studio
Written wanting to know
how much they owe
A poet who gives
The title of their show

Poems are not free
And the poets are poor
Does anyone read
Chapbooks more?

Offer them a work
They will hang with pride
Or maybe offer a coin
They can sell on the side
What the hell
You could just give them money
To score a brick of hash

Titles are difficult
That is why
You need a bard
Treat them with courtesy
And they will reward
You verbally

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