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The Artist Died Poor

Feb 25 Through Mar 06 | Fri |
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“The Artist Died Poor,” a 10-day multidisciplinary NFT exhibition, celebrates the revolutionary concept that only with blockchain can artists, for the first time in history, benefit from the success of their work each time it is resold. NFTs, or non fungible tokens, are minted through smart contracts on the blockchain that assign ownership and manage the transferability of the NFTs. By this method, the artist is able to earn a royalty each time the work is resold.

“The Artist Died Poor” features works by five diverse artists:

Joel Fitzpatrick is a medium mystic who works in light, video and pixel mapping. His love of light shines through his installation pieces, which have been collectively informed by his background in theater, fashion, interior design and dance. Fitzpatrick will be featuring a lighting installation as well as his debut NFT collection.

Javier Piñon is an internationally celebrated collage artist based in New York. For his debut NFT collection, physical works have been digitized and animated to bring life to the sprites, hunters and prophets who live inside the ethereal worlds he creates.

Lucinda Schreiber is an Australian director, animator and illustrator. “Cybernetic Meadow” is her debut NFT collection, inspired loosely by the Richard Brautigan poem, “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace,” a sardonic utopian vision of man and nature existing harmoniously under the ever-present gaze of technology.

Urumumi is a Catalonian digital artist whose minimalistic approach conveys peace and calm to the observer. “Lonely Astronauts” is a 250-piece limited collection that portrays a solitary astronaut exploring simple, vast and desolate worlds.

Gossip Goblin is a prolific Australian NFT artist famed for creating the most successful NFT on the Solana blockchain, Galactic Geckos. His work as the artist of the 10,000-piece collection “Divine Order of the Zodiac” celebrates the mystical and arcane forces that guide our fates.

The works featured in the exhibition are available for sale on peer-to-open NFT marketplace OpenSea.

Free and ticketed daytime and evening events range from poetry performances by Ari Gold and Caveh Zahedi to a financial astrology chat with Ophira Edut of The Astrotwins.

Part of Plutonic’s mission is to seize the unique opportunity that the crypto space presents in raising funds for philanthropic purposes. Each artist in “The Artist Died Poor” has donated a piece for auction where 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to Middle Way House in Bloomington, Indiana — designated as one of six model domestic violence shelters in the country by the Department of Justice — in honor of its pioneering late executive director, Toby Strout. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the nonprofit and its groundbreaking programs supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Venue: 515 W 23rd St.

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