Visual artists see NFTs as a new opportunity to connect with their communities

Apr 13, 2022
NFTs can help artists bypass traditional channels, such as art galleries. But artists also have to navigate environmental, legal questions surrounding them.
A mural in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood features the work of visual artist Greg Mike. Over the last year, Mike has minted several collections of his artwork as NFTs.
Emil Moffatt

NFTs have exploded into the art world. What does that mean for artists?

Mar 7, 2022
Art critic Blake Gopnik on what has — and hasn't — changed in the year since Beeple's $69 million NFT sale.
Blockchain entrepreneur Vignesh Sundaresan purchased the non-fungible token for the digital collage "Everydays — The First 5,000 Days" by artist Beeple for $69.3 million in 2021.
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Would you take a 1 in 1,000 chance to own a real Warhol drawing?

Nov 10, 2021
Art critic and Andy Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik discusses MSCHF's latest project, which involves an early Warhol piece.
Visitors look at drawings by Andy Warhol at the Villa Schoeningen in Potsdam near Berlin, Germany.
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How a pottery studio owner got creative to diversify her business

Nov 1, 2021
When the pandemic halted classes at Jennie Tang's ceramics studio, she turned to other ways to keep the operation thriving.
“We’ve diversified the ways in which people engage with the space,” said Jennie Tang, owner of The Workshop MPLS, a ceramics center in Minneapolis.
Courtesy Jennie Tang

What does Warhol “fair use” ruling mean for artists and copyrights?

Art critic and Warhol biographer Blake Gopnik fears the decision will have a profound effect on "appropriation art."
Lynn Goldsmith’s photograph, left, and Andy Warhol’s portrait of Prince, as reproduced in court documents.
Courtesy of the U.S. District Court

Why are people spending so much money on NFTs?

Mar 3, 2021
Jamie Wilde from Morning Brew explains how nonfungible tokens work.
A video clip of LeBron James sold for more than $200,000 as an NFT.
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Making art more affordable with lessons from '60s-era Multiples, Inc.

The idea is that more copies of a given work makes art more accessible to a wider range of people with varying incomes.
Tacita Dean, a British artist, pictured here in 2018. Dean has created 50 different multiples, each remade 100 times, during the pandemic.
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2020, the year of the pandemic, and pandemic hobbies

Dec 30, 2020
To fill unexpected free time or to cope with stress, people have picked up hobbies: sculpting action figures and DJing socially distanced parties are just a few.
After getting furloughed from his job, Miles McAlpin has been creating custom action figures.
Courtesy of Miles McAlpin

Decline in art sales could actually be good for the industry, critic says

Critic and author Blake Gopnik says the market slowdown could help to bring back an appreciation of art for art's sake.
Blake Gopnik calls galleries safe places to contemplate art, contrasting them with the more sales-driven and crowded art fairs. "No one is lamenting the death of the art fair," he says.
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Artist turns thousands of plastic bags into Times Square public art project

Oct 26, 2020
The pop-up "store" is filled with handcrafted items made from single-use plastic bags.
Artist Robin Frohardt stands outside her Times Square immersive art exhibit, "The Plastic Bag Store."
Maria Baranova/Courtesy of Times Square Arts