Laguna Art Museum presents Simon Oldfield, in association with Pindrop, as he explores the new, exciting, and somewhat mysterious world of NFTs. Non-fungible token, or NFT, is a hot topic that’s been gaining interest around the globe, but what does it mean exactly? Oldfield will shed insight on this uprising trend of NFTs, and their role in the Art World.
Advance tickets recommended.
Museum members: $7
Simon Oldfield is an art advisor, curator and lawyer.
He is the appointed art advisor to private and corporate art collections, as well as art funds across the globe, and curates art/cultural programs at major institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts. He is also an expert in the convergence of art, law and blockchain, and advises a range of clients in this field including Hauser & Wirth and BMW.
Offering confidential advice rooted in market intelligence and extensive experience, Simon is known for his breadth of knowledge, strong network and adept understanding of stakeholders in the art world. Simon also curates ground-breaking cultural projects to critical acclaim born out of his former eponymous gallery including one of the first solo presentations by Michael Armitage, and a ground-breaking exhibition exploring subculture in Screw Your Courage to the Sticking Place.
An expert commentator on art, law and tech, Simon regularly gives talks, sharing his insights with recent highlights including the Talk Art podcast, Amazon Prime, BMW Welt, London School of Economics and GQ. Established as a leading voice on how NFTs and blockchain technology is impacting the art world, changing the cultural landscape and offering a radically different approach to creating, exhibiting and valuing art, he is an authoritative guide for long-term strategies in this newly evolving space. Talented at demystifying the complex, fast-changing world of NFTs, Simon aims to deliver a deeper understanding of the possibilities this new technology affords the art world.
Simon also spearheads collaborations with major cultural partners including the Tate, the Royal Academy of Arts, Turner Contemporary, LVMH, Burberry and BAFTA. He co-founded the organization Pindrop with author and broadcaster, Elizabeth Day, and curated the first art & literature program at the Royal Academy of Arts, where he also interviewed dozens of leading figures including Stephen Fry, Richard Dawkins, Dame Eileen Atkins, Julian Barnes, Sir Peter Blake, A C Grayling and Ben Okri.
Simon is the editor of A Short Affair, which included new artwork by Tracey Emin, and has sat on the judging panel for various awards including the British Book Awards, the Caitlin Art Prize, the Jerwood Drawing Prize and the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, and written for Monocle, Harper’s Bazaar and FT Weekend.
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