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The NFT Book

The NFT Book

Everything You Need to Know about the Art and Collecting of Non-Fungible Tokens

by Noah Charney and Kenny Schachter
Publication Date: 01/02/2024

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NFTs, non-fungible tokens, as collectible, digital, blockchain-secured files became an international sensation in 2020, with the trend in trading them peaking in the fall of 2021. Many sold for millions, and one even sold for $69 million. And yet what exactly are they, and why do they have value? This is the definitive book on NFTs in the story of art and collecting.

It is co-authored by an art historian who has written often on the value of art and the history of collecting. NFTs caught Noah Charney's attention and fascinated him. He, too, felt that initial knee-jerk reaction that so many who hear of a $69 million sale do: how is this digital image different from me clicking "right-click save" on my touchpad and downloading it to my computer? Why would anyone pay $69 million for something that's not f*cking there?

This book provides answers to these questions and far more. Charney sees in NFTs a direct parallel to the history, sociology and psychology of art collecting. He was recently a "normee" but he's now halfway inside the club--he is also an acknowledged authority on the history of art and collecting. He knows all there is to know about humans collecting things of no practical value but that we just really want. But then he worked for a period with two crypto-related companies, and got to know this world from within.

He's not alone on this ride. The second half of this book is written by someone who knows just about all there is to know about NFTs: Kenny Schachter. Kenny is an artist, collector, curator, professor, columnist and NFT influencer. In fact, he was listed in the fall of 2021 as among the 30 most influential people in the world of NFTs. He even coined (and trademarked) a term, NFTism. While Charney is an art historian considering the NFT phenomenon from the thoughtful but remote perch of his couch, examining NFTs historical and within the context of collecting and the value of art, Kenny has been "in the field" more than anyone, even during the pandemic, zipping from London to Zurich to Art Basel Switzerland to Art Basel Miami. He has his finger on the virtual, digital pulse of this fascinating, bizarre, hugely lucrative phenomenon.

Welcome to the definitive book on NFTs.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Incorporated
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Noah Charney

Noah Charney is a professor and an international author of fiction and non‐fiction, specializing in the fields of art history and art crime.

He is the founder and president of ARCA, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, a non‐profit research group on issues in art crime.

His work in the field of art crime has been praised in such international forums as the New York Times Magazine, Time Magazine, BBC Radio, National Public Radio, El Pais, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Elle and Tatler among many others.

He has appeared on radio and television as an expert on art history and art crime, including BBC, ITV, CNBC and MSNBC. Charney is the author of numerous articles and a novel, The Art Thief (2007).

Kenny Schachter

Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries for in excess of 20 years and has taught art history at the graduate level at New York University, The New School for Social Research, and lectured and organized an offsite exhibition for the first graduating class of Columbia University's Masters of Fine Art program.

Received planning permission to erect Zaha Hadid's first building in England, situated on Hoxton Square. Kenny deals in international art from impressionism and modernism to the art and design of today. In addition, Kenny Schachter has exhibited his artworks internationally including one-person exhibits at Sandra Gering Gallery in NYC and International 3 in Manchester.

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