Welcome to the Smart Art Business Podcast hosted by art business coach Rachel Wilkins. The Smart Art Business Podcast aims to help visual artists and creative entrepreneurs grow and sustain a successful business. Featuring tangible advice and inspiring interviews with artists and industry experts, you will learn how to brand, market, and sell your art the smart way.


In this second part of the interview, Rachel continues the conversation with Ben Davis, an art critic and author and they explore the idea of how NFTs have changed how we experience art. The discussion focuses on the surging popularity of NFTs and its future and the responsibilities of art critics and journalists on covering the back stories. Ben elaborates on the effects on associated costs of owning art pieces, benefits to artists, the importance of understanding art itself and investing in collectibles for the right reasons.



Ben Davis is an art critic living and working in New York City. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013) and currently National Art Critic for Artnet News. He was an editor of The Elements of Architecture (Taschen, 2018). Recent essays have appeared in the books Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (MIT Press, 2016) and The Future of Public Space (Metropolis, 2018). His writings have been featured in Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, e-Flux Journal, Frieze, New York, The New York Times, Slate, The Village Voice, and many others. In 2019, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab reported that he was one of the five most influential art critics in the United States, and the only one to write for an online publication.




In this episode we discuss:

  • The surging popularity of NFTs, its future and the price sitting on each piece of art
  • Identities of individual and corporate buyers of NFTs
  • The responsibilities of art critics and journalists to cover these back stories
  • Visions of getting rich – is it realistic or is there a bubble?
  • Importance of understanding art, and choosing the right reasons to invest in collectibles
  • Effects on associated costs of owning art pieces and benefits to artists
  • How NFTs change how we experience art


Ben Davis’ Website: Benadavis.com

Rachel Wilkins Website: http://www.smartartbiz.com/


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