Not every digital artwork needs to be an NFT. After all, NFTs can already do so much more.
In 2008, at age 71, David Hockney (one of the most influential living modern British artist) got his first iPhone.
By the following year he had made over a thousand digital paintings using his thumbs, and he now is a prolific digital artist. His exhibition "A Paradise Found," featured a yet-unseen series of iPad flower paintings.
Wandering around the exhibit I was struck by the following realization: The exhibit made no mention of NFTs.
I’m so used to equating NFTs with digital art that I was almost shocked to not see a mention of NFTs. A missed opportunity for Hockney? Maybe, although it’s doubtful the artist needs the extra income from selling these images as non-fungible tokens. In fact, Hockney has publicly criticized NFTs, calling them "silly little things.
An important reminder: NFTs and digital art are not synonymous. In fact, it’s time we start separating NFTs from digital art.
While digital art can certainly be made into an NFT, NFTs are ultimately a much wider category than that which is restricted to art, and I believe that associating the two too closely does a disservice to each.
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