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First Blockchain Art Gallery Comes Alive on Artsy!

We all have been hearing how blockchain has successfully penetrated the art world. Significant advances have been made and there are artists that are already using this technology quite successfully.

And, now blockchain has made it to the Artsy, a popular art collection platform backed by investors like Google’s Eric Schmidt, Chris Dixon, and Peter Thiel. A lot of work and effort went into getting the permission to sell their art work on Artsy.

Snark.art co founders, Andrey Alekhin and Misha Libman, were in touch with Artsy CTO Daniel Doubrovkine for the past year. They were trying to get advice from him on “how to position ourselves as the new guys on the block in the art world”. A series of interviews took place before they finally got the approval.

Till now, it showcases the work of a famous artist who has been featured in esteemed institutions like The National Gallery London named Eve Sussman. Her blockchain-based video project, “89 Seconds Atomized,” is available on Snark.art’s Artsy store so far.

Libman is aiming for a wider exposure as people are not used to the blockchain-based art. Partnering with Artsy will surely do the trick.

“For an audience that is interested in collecting art, we can be that gateway for them to explore [blockchain] technology as a medium,” Libman says.

The best known marketplace dedicated to blockchain-based art is DADA, a platform where artists collaborate on digital pieces that collectors can buy and sell on the Ethereum blockchain.

Snark.art is about to add a second artist to their list, Tommy Hartung. He too, is a New York-based artist who often uses video as a medium. But instead of breaking it up into squares, his pieces will be broken up chronologically so people can own two-minute segments of the hour-long piece.

Artsy have over 3,000 gallery partners across 95 countries on its website with big names like Gagosian and SImon Lee. It is the first blockchain-based art gallery since this area is not that explored when it comes to the world of cryptocurrencies.

Artsy claims to have 2.2 million unique monthly visitors and is at the top ranking for an art marketplace on Google, featuring work from more than 80,000 artists.

If you’re an artist yourself then you should definitely check out Artsy. And if you are someone who is already making use of it, be sure to leave a review. We need more people on the art blockchains as the benefits are endless!

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Soha Ali

As vanilla as it sounds, a filmmaker in the making. Soha brings the irony out of the crypto world by contributing to the Unfiltered section of BlockPublisher. Contact the editor at editor.unfiltered@blockpublisher.com

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