‘The Goose’ Sold for $6.2M, But the Art World Still Hates NFT

' Sold for $6.2M, But the Art World Still Hates NFT
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In the Sotheby’s auction last Thursday, “The Goose” (Ringers #879), a generative NFT artwork by Dmitri Cherniak fetched an astonishing $6.2 million. The art piece is from the RIngers project, curated on the Art Blocks platform. 

The sale of Ringers #879 however, did not appease the long-standing hostility toward NFTs by some from the traditional art world. While the event was hailed as a financial success for 3AC, a bankrupt crypto firm that owned the piece, an ArtNews article derisively titled “Final Hurrah for NFTs” provoked reactions from NFT artists and advocates like Beeple and Punk6529.


The misunderstanding of NFTs 

The mocking tone in the ArtNews article suggests that the “The Goose”, previously displayed beside a Nespresso machine, had now found its rightful place on a gallery wall. However, this perspective overlooks a fundamental aspect of NFTs – their existence on the blockchain. 

Interestingly, the contrasting reality of the traditional art world is revealed in a New York Times report. It illuminates the hidden free port zone near Geneva, where thousands of extraordinary artworks, including Klimt, Picasso, and Van Gogh, are concealed from public sight. These priceless masterpieces are treated as mere capital assets within the portfolios of billionaire collectors.

The rise of public accessibility

Unlike traditional forms, NFTs offer universal access to art thanks to their underlying technology. Tools like DappRadar NFT Explorer and NFT Value Estimator help reveal the latest trends and stats.

Recent data from DappRadar shows a 7-day volume of $1.31 million on Art Blocks, coming from 642 traders and 537 sold items. PRO members can even adjust the time frame to 15 minutes for more insights.

Art Blocks

Art Blocks is at the forefront of pioneering NFTs as a medium for algorithmic art, offering a path to discover talented creators and captivate engaged audiences. Undoubtedly, Art Blocks breathes new life into digital art, offering a refreshing and participatory experience.

Art Blocks is at the forefront of pioneering NFTs as a medium for algorithmic art, offering a path to discover talented creators and captivate engaged audiences. Undoubtedly, Art Blocks breathes new life into digital art, offering a refreshing and participatory experience.

DappRadar tracks numerous collections on Art Blocks, including the most renowned ones. The links below will guide you to the highly regarded pieces from well-established collections like Fidenza, Ringers, and Chromie Squiggle and emerging ones like Flowers, Memories of Qilin, and Subcapes.

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NFTs from well-established collections:

NFTs from emerging collections:

The fact that NFTs provide verifiable original work that can be easily viewed through these links, highlights the inherent transparency and accessibility they offer. However, the old art world’s lack of understanding not only inhibits their recognition of NFTs’ potential but also perpetuates an inflated sense of importance surrounding traditional art-on-canvas business.

Breaking the walled garden with NFTs

In the traditional art world, taste-making power was once held by museum committees, later shifting to art dealers. However, a revealing book, Big Bucks, uncovers the hidden side of the contemporary art market, exposing its money-driven nature: the cultural contribution of artists is often sidelined, if not entirely disregarded.

In contrast, the NFT art market presents a refreshing shift. While speculation exists, a cultural conversation is taking place. Unlike the traditional gatekeepers, the taste-setting in the realm of NFT generative art emerges from the community itself. 

This democratized approach challenges the exclusivity and elitism prevalent in traditional art circles. And the rise of platforms like Art Blocks is a testament to such a shift. Perhaps, it is this disruption of the gatekeepers’ authority over taste that fuels their disapproval of NFTs. 

One notable project exemplifying the power of community is QQL, a collaborative experiment in generative art led by Tyler Hobbs, the creator of Fidenza. With a total trading volume of 219 ETH and a floor price of 4.84 ETH, QQL has captured the attention of the NFT art community.


QQL introduces algorithms with adjustable elements, such as patterns and color palettes, empowering art collectors to step into the role of artists. Even without a mint pass, individuals can enjoy the fun of generative art creation for personal amusement. 

However, for those with a mint pass, they can convert their artworks into unique NFTs. With already over 200 NFTs in QQL’s expanding collection, the project has the potential to attract further engagement and participation.

Witness the splendor of the collaborative masterpiece co-crafted by Tyler and the community on DappRadar, where artistic innovation intertwines with the power of collective creativity.

You can experience the innovative co-created masterpiece by Tyler and the community on DappRadar.

Closing words: NFTs forge a path of creative liberation

In response to the ArtNews article, 6529, the current collector of The Goose, argued the misconceptions in a playful tweet. 

While the article attempts to belittle NFT collectors hiding behind their Twitter handles, the vibrant activity and engagement within this space are evident through the comments below the tweet.

The recognition of NFTs in the traditional art world appears inconsequential. This blockchain-powered community possesses its own grassroots momentum, actively dismantling notions of authority and embracing boundless creativity. 

As the art world grapples with the emergence of NFTs, it becomes clear that the NFT movement is here to stay. And it will transform the very fabric of artistic expression.

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