The Orlando Museum of Art announced the opening of its new exhibition, Twentysomethings: Works and NFTs from the Fabio Sandoval Collection.
The first-of-its-kind exhibition features a range of mediums, including digital NFT works.
Twentysomethings will present works by established and promising international emerging artists.
According to a news release, the works are “primarily figurative and span various mediums: oil on canvas, spray paint on steel, cement, textile, wood, found objects, and digital NFT works.”
This show features the private collection of Fabio Sandoval, a twenty-five-year-old local collector who has been collecting for the past six years.
Artists in the collection are from diverse ethnic backgrounds and include the work of several rising stars in the NFT community, including former baseball player-turned-NFT artist Micah Johnson.
Following the historic auction at Christie’s on March 11, 2021, where an entire series of NFTs sold for more than sixty-nine million dollars, the art world has been changed forever.
NFTs have become the “canvases of a living, breathing document that changes over time,” said Mike “Beeple” Winkelman, an NFT artist.
This is OMA’s first foray into presenting NFTs. It is also the first time the museum will present work from a collector in his twenties, with most of the featured artists also in their twenties.
“As museum curators, it is our responsibility to be aware of new developments in the art world, including what is happening in the Metaverse.” said OMA curator Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon “NFTs have enabled digital artists to market their work to collectors internationally without the help of the perceived ‘gatekeepers’ of the art world, namely, museum curators and gallerists. This unmediated connection between the creator and the consumer of art is fascinating, along with the fact that NFTs provide ironclad provenance, a deed of ownership, and provable scarcity to the digital artwork.”
The Twentysomethings exhibition opens Saturday, Jan. 27, and will be on view through Sunday, May 7.
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