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What's Really at Stake in the Debate over Whether NFTs Are Art - Artsy

Are NFTs art? That is the question posed by Wikipedia’s recent decision to classify Beeple’s and Pak’s recent $69 million and $91 million NFT sales not as art sales, but as NFT sales. As a former traditional art dealer turned artist whose practice involves painting, installation, and NFTs, I have thoughts on this topic. However, in the spirit of Web3—which pushes for collective over singular authorship—I first posed the question to members of my community. Here are some of their responses:
“NFTs are not art in the same way Wikipedia is not an encyclopedia and a pipe is not a pipe. Art is defined by the intent of the artist, not by a gratuitous sweeping generalization by some dumbass contributor to an anonymous website.”

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