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“We have the honor of being the only blockchain-based conversation at Art Basel, so we are feeling very special right now.” —Tim Schneider

We’ve always liked Tim Schneider for his sense of humor. In addition to that, we think he is one of the more insightful and clear-eyed commentators on the art market right now. For that reason, we think this conversation from Art Basel in Basel 2018, moderated by Schneider, and featuring artist Simon Denny, Robert Norton (founder and CEO of Verisart), and Kelani Nichole (founder of TRANSFER and director at The Current), made for one of the most clear and informative talks on the subject of blockchain in the art world in recent memory.

While we are still not clear on how blockchain addresses the crux problem that is as old as technology itself of ‘garbage in=garbage out,’ and we are highly skeptical of the widely-propagated notion that applying blockchain technology to the art market will open a flood of new participants into the market, it is fascinating to hear how such talented artists, entrepreneurs, and new media organizations are applying the technology.

Museums

3:05

MUSEUMS: Leonor Antunes Sculptures Collaborate with Each Other

7:44

VAULT: Martin Puryear Explores Human Scale (1999)

3:37

MUSEUMS: Laure Prouvost on Creating Immersive Work

8:04

MUSEUMS: Tavares Strachan on Launching ENOCH into Space

2:52

MUSEUMS: Radical Gestures of Painting Color

Galleries

3:18

GALLERIES: Vincent Tiley – Abstract Expression of Queer Desire

3:11

GALLERIES: Njideka Akunyili Crosby Inhabits Multiple Spaces

1:00

GALLERIES: Rare Robert Rauschenberg Series in Salzburg

Sponsor
3:45

GALLERIES: Idris Khan Is Interested in Traces Left Behind

Sponsor
3:49

GALLERIES: Tal R Is Just Like a Bird

Studios

3:20

VAULT: Peter Campus Hates “Three Transitions” (1973)

2:12

STUDIOS: Arthur Jafa on Black Visual Expressivity

3:33

STUDIOS: Philippe Parreno Doesn’t Completely Give Up Control

3:43

STUDIOS: Lauren Halsey Keeps Adding Layers

4:12

VAULT: Kenny Scharf Doesn’t Need Permission (2012)

Community

11:52

LONGFORM: Sarah Green on Public Funding for the Arts

2:32

COMMUNITY: Risa Puno Explores the Privilege of Escape

20:49

LONGFORM: For Jannis Kounellis, Art Is Drawing Life

4:51

COMMUNITY: Nothing is Certain with Cathy Wilkes

7:53

VAULT: Keith Haring Chats in Milwaukee (1983)

Market

2:48

MARKET: Making Old New Again at Kunstmuseum Basel

2:39

MARKET: Is Georg Baselitz the Greatest Living Painter?

1:32

MARKET: Frieze New York Opens Up Diálogos

4:57

MARKET: Yves Klein Shows Us the Immaterial

3:04

MARKET: Jeremy Couillard Collaborates with Code