NFT’s are a digital incarnation of the collectible certificate that has existed for decades in conceptual art and other movements in contemporary art. As examined previously, the collectible store of value resides in a certificate (now crypto-tokenized), as opposed to the inherently reproducible art object to which a certificate points. Having that in common with pre-digital collectible art, NFT’s do however represent revolutionary transformation, with 6 major novelties.
1/ NFT genres
Over the past century, art history surpassed the figurative, representational realm it had occupied for centuries, and evolved towards ever-increasing degrees of abstraction and flatness. This evolution was driven by influences from the late Enlightenment (such as Kant), alongside the invention of photography (itself a bi-product of the Enlightenment) as the ultimate means of producing representational images. Realism gave way to impressionism, cubism, and abstract expressionism — followed by the latter’s reactionary counterpart, minimalism. Alongside this progression towards abstraction, a similar quest for ever-increasing “flatness” eventually culminated in lift-off from the canvas altogether with readymades, followed by orbital exit to…
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