Welcome to the Art Angle, a podcast from Artnet News that delves into the places where the art world meets the real world, bringing each week’s biggest story down to earth. Join us every week for an in-depth look at what matters most in museums, the art market, and much more with input from our own writers and editors as well as artists, curators, and other top experts in the field.
As longtime listeners of the podcast know it’s been a few months since Andrew Goldstein himself hosted the Art Angle because he took some time off in order to welcome a beautiful and almost unbearably cute little baby girl into this world.
Well, now he’s back. And while one little baby was learning to do tummy time, another little baby was learning to crawl, walk, run, and even take flight into a twinkly new bizarro digital dimension, taking all of us along with it. Of course, we’re talking about the NFT market, which exploded this spring and has kept on exploding all year long. This week, to catch up on the incredible explosion within the crypto realm, we’re thrilled to be joined by one of the guys who lit the fuse—Noah Davis, the head of digital sales at Christie’s who listeners may know best as the guy who sold the Beeple NFT this spring for $69.3 million.
It’s a busy time for Noah. Right now. Christie’s first on-chain NFT sale on the crypto platform OpenSea is taking place with some of the coveted works on offer also being displayed in an immersive art exhibition down in Miami, during Art Basel, Miami Beach, which is turning into a giant coming out party of sorts for crypto art.
It should be said: This is also a very exciting time for Artnet, which is about to hold its own first on-chain auction of major NFT works taking place on December 15 in conjunction with the launch of our new Artnet NFT platform.
Andrew and Noah caught up during a rare window of opportunity during the crush of Miami Art Week to discuss the next steps for NFTs, and what it means for the rest of us.
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