Londoner’s Diary: The British Museum defends its entry into the digital art market


he British Museum has defended its decision to enter the NFT market after a scathing attack from an art expert.

Last week, expert Bendor Grosvenor wrote in The Art Newspaper that the museum is “depreciating” by entering the NFT market, giving “cultural validity to meaningless reproductions”. Grosvenor argued that the museum could “live to regret” the decision, especially if prices drop.

“We want to start small and build. This is a new space for the British Museum and we want to learn, listen to the community and slowly build and adapt our model over time,” the museum tells us.

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique digital tokens – often digital works of art – that are sold online.

“We view NFTs and in particular the underlying technology as a potential long-term, multi-year game and our strategy will evolve over time. The NFT community is incredibly passionate and we listen and consider all feedback,” the spokesperson added.

The British Museum has collaborated with French site La Collection to sell 20 JMW Turner watercolors as NFTs, with prices for the “rarest” ones starting at €4,999.

Frost focuses on carefree days

Retrospective: Sadie Frost attends a vernissage of photographer Dave Benett’s new exhibition “Great Shot, Kid”

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SADIE FROST’s relationship with the camera has changed. “When you get your picture taken when you’re younger, you’re much more naive and carefree,” she told us last night at the launch of the Dave Benett photography exhibition. “As you get older, you can become more self-aware,” she admitted. She also pointed us to a photo in the exhibit of her with ex-husband Jude Law, taken about 25 years ago. “It’s nice to see him.” Good terms.

Skins and garage are key to USA


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PINKPANTHERESS isn’t just big in London, the musician is rocking the United States too. ES magazine’s recent cover star, left, explains his success: “The sounds we’re so used to here, like garage and drums and bass, they just don’t hear much over there “, she told Interview Magazine. . She adds: “That raw, British ‘I watch Skins, I’m from a field’ vibe is so unfamiliar in the States.”

Yousefzada: I still feel like a child

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OSMAN YOUSEFZADA held a Maine court in Mayfair last night at a party for the launch of his memoir. The occasion for the fashion designer was also hosted by 10 Magazine. As fashionistas and art students sipped strong martinis served in generous glasses of champagne, danced to the beat of the DJ or stomped their way through a body crush in the lavish restaurant, Yousefzada reflected on the Londoner. His book The Go-Between is about his childhood experiences and he admitted that even now, “I still feel like a kid…I’m an observer.” Sometimes it’s better to just watch.

Snapper’s bash puts stars in the frame

DAVE BENETT hosted his own party last night in Mayfair. The Evening Standard man behind the camera sipped Perrier-Jouët champagne at the JD Malat gallery. He was joined by models Daisy Lowe, Mary Charteris, Eunice Olumide and Clara Paget, actresses Jaime Winstone and Sadie Frost and artist Kojo Marfo. Benett had a suite at Claridge’s and was briefly out of reach this morning. That’s how you do it.


In the Spotlight: Nadine Dorries at the Conservative Party Conference

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EVEN Nadine Dorries sometimes feels the heat. The Culture Secretary has made a name for herself as Boris Johnson’s most feared defender in recent weeks, but she writes in the Spectator that after telling CNN she could drop her support ‘if he comes out and was kicking a dog,” she had to dump on social media.

MATT VICKERS MP has found a new way to talk to voters – by moving meetings to the pub. “The best part of my job is listening to the residents,” he tweeted, alongside a photo of the personalized “Beer-Matts” he uses to stage his “pub surgery tour.” Surely the best part of working in Stockton South is a cold pint?

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