Art critique

Dread Scott’s NFT White Male For Sale Slavery Review For Auction At Christie’s

White male for sale, an NFT by artist and activist Dread Scott that uses the uber-capitalist art form as a form of social critique, will be auctioned off at Christie’s Post-War to Present on October 1, in collaboration with Cristin Tierney Gallery. The piece, as the title suggests, is a short video of a white man in mundane 21st century work clothes standing on an auction building in the middle of a pedestrianized street corner in a predominantly black neighborhood. from Brooklyn.

“NFTs are non-fungible tokens that add uniqueness to digital works of art. The term “fungible” resonated differently to me due to its use by scholars of the history of slavery, “the artist said in a statement. “People are inherently non-fungible. But as slavery became an integral part of the development of capitalism, the slavers sought to make people fungible. ”

The work, which began as a performance, will end at its auction. The sale refers to the qualitative classification carried out on enslaved people, which served a dual purpose: to dehumanize them and to suggest their value to potential buyers. “For much of American history, slaves were auctioned off. Frequently, these auctions were held on a street corner. The enslaved person would be forced to stand on a block while it was auctioned. Ads advertising “Negros for sale” were common, ”Scott says.

The sale follows Scott’s first solo show in over 20 years, We’re Going to End Slavery. Join us! (September 17-December 18) at the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York.

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