With NFT installations flashing in hi-def from screens at Pace, and Tezos letting fair visitors mint an algorithm-assisted self-portrait, the art world seems prepared to stop flirting with the metaverse and take things to the next level. But that does not mean there is not room for a more deliberate kind of art. The aisles of Art Basel in Miami Beach are packed with rich, textural works. Folded paper, textiles, found objects and epoxy resin hang, drape and explode from the walls of gallery stands, proving that physical objects still hold a warm place in the heart of the art market.
Handmade tales: collage, textile and assemblage pieces abound at Art Basel in Miami Beach
NFTs may be the newest thing but physical objects still hold a warm place in the art world's heart
1 December 2021