The high-end art world continues to take up and embrace NFTs. American artist Dread Scott, whose work is overtly political in nature, will auction his first NFT at Christie’s in New York. The piece, White Male for Sale, will go up for auction on October 1 and explores race and the concept of fungibility.
What is the Dread Scott NFT all about?
The Dread Scott NFT consists of a 70-second looping video, which the artist shot in Brooklyn. In the film, a man stands on an auction block on a regular street. Basically, the idea is he’s available to buy as property.
In this film, people pass by, apparently not paying attention to the human commodity. Partly, Dread Scott’s NFT is making a racial point. However, unlike in the slave trading era, the subjugated person is white. Essentially, he’s wearing nondescript, contemporary clothes and a neutral expression.
Dread Scott said NFTs had a particular meaning to him due to the fungible part of the term. Clearly, this term that inspired him to make this particular work.
When asked, he said “The term ‘fungible’ resonated differently for me due to its use by scholars of the history of slavery. People are inherently non-fungible. But as slavery became an integral part of developing capitalism, enslavers sought to make people fungible.”
Leading up to the auction, New York’s Cristin Tierney Gallery will host Dread Scott’s new real life exhibition. Of course, White Man for Sale will also feature. Actually, the exhibition is called We’re Going to End Slavery, Join Us! , and it will run from September 17 to December 18. In fact, it’s Scott’s first solo exhibition in twenty years, leading to much excitement.