From Net Art to Beeple: NFTs in Context
The market for non-fungible token-based artworks has exploded since the $69m Beeple splash at Christie’s in March 2021, but how can we understand these artworks within the scope of art history? What is the background of NFTs and how do you position these artworks within the broader digital art movement?
Through a series of lectures and conversations with a curator, art historian, industry leaders, media personas and pioneers of the NFT space—we put NFTs into the broader context and discuss the aesthetics for the top-selling non-fungible token-based artworks. In NFT fashion, this 5 week course will culminate in a Clubhouse closing party that brings together the course leaders and students for a final critique of the burgeoning space.
What you will gain:
- Deepen your knowledge of NFTs and learn how to evaluate the aesthetics of top-selling NFTs and crypto art
- Develop an understanding of how NFTs are situated within the broader context of the art market and art history
- Learn about the aesthetic themes emerging in the broader crypto art marketplace
October 14: History of NFTS: NET Art Aesthetic and its Influence on NFTS
October 21: Development of the Primary and Secondary Market for Digital Artworks: Beeple
October 28: Revolution or Evolution? Art Historical Comparisons to Movements that Changed the Art World
November 4: Connoisseurship for Digital Art and NFTs: New Institution, Conservation, and Formalism
November 11: Artist/Curator/Collector: Roles within the Digital Art Ecosystem
This Christie’s Education course will be taught in collaboration with CADAF
Image: Anne Spalter, Tropical Castle, 2021
Elena Zavelev is an art and tech business professional, curator, and writer specializing in digital art and NFTs. She is the founder and CEO of CADAF, Crypto and Digital Art Fair, and Digital Art Month, a global augmented reality and video art festival. Digital Art Month travels to cities like Paris, NYC & Miami for a month-long creative celebration of new media and digital art. Elena’s articles and essays get published on Forbes, Observer, and ESP Cultural Magazine, among others. Elena holds a MA degree in contemporary art and connoisseurship from Christie’s Education and is based in New York City.
LinkedIn / Twitter: @elenazavelev @Elena_Zavelev
Jess Conatser is a Digital & XR Arts Curator focused on community building and artist-first public programs. Conatser is the Chief Curator for the Crypto and Digital Art Fair - CADAF & Digital Art Month; a contributing Curator at Infinite Objects and Blackdove NFT Gallery; a board member at ArtPaie Paris; and organizes a concept studio called Studio As We Are that works to cultivate, support and advance voices in New Media Art.
Instagram / Twitter: @jessconatser @studioasweare
Sara Weintraub is the Program Director of Christie’s Education New York. Sara holds a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York with a focus on Contemporary Public Art. She has taught modern and contemporary art courses at Christie’s Education, City College, and Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York.
LinkedIn/ Instagram: @saraweintraub @sara.weintraub
Comprised of a one-of-a-kind Art Fair, a month-long digital art festival, and an online curated digital and crypto art marketplace, CADAF is the leading hub for digital and new media art and NFTs.