The trend of adopting NFTs doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon as the first-ever art gallery based solely on NFT-backed art has opened in New York City.
An artist that operates galleries in New York and Los Angeles, Superchief announced the launch of the new art gallery in the Union Square neighborhood that will display NFTs via a collaboration with Blackdove, a manufacturer of high-resolution digital art display screens.
The first exhibition, named “Season One Starter Pack” casts a wide net, featuring more than 300 cretors. Every artist will be auctioning a one-of-one NFT of their displayed work accepting cryptocurrency as well as credit card payments.
The exhibition joins a spate of uncertain “first-ever” claims from various galleries and museums around the world eager to display NFT-based artwork — dubious because Cryptopunks were on display in galleries as early as 2017, and leaders including Kevin Abosch have been displaying blockchain-based art well before NFTs were even a actual concept.
Hermitage museum from Russia will be hosting a NFT exhibition set to display the works from artists including Abosch, and on Friday, a museum in Beijing opened claiming to be the first “major” NFT exhibition.
Likewise, critic, collector and artist Kenny Schacter is in plan to organize dual physical-and-virtual show at German gallery Nagel Draxler on April 9, possibly a world’s first, which will run simultaneously in the Metaverse at the Museum of Crypto Art and the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art.
The spree of institutions follows a now-legendary and very popular run of NFT headlines over the last few months. Once considered a just a technical niche, NFTs are now seemingly everywhere — even on the evening news. Major media sites and publications which have traditionally ignored blockchain entirely are now covering NFTs, in part due to the absurd sums of money flooding into the space.
This month, legendary auction house Christie’s sold a work by digital artist Beeple for over $69 million.