DMINTILOGO

DIGITAL & CRYPTO Art Chronology

In collaboration with MOCA

Adapted from the Museum of Crypto Art, DMINTI has put together a chronological review of crypto-art and blockchain related events.

1963

Computers And Automation Launches Its "Computer Art Contest"

The contest defines “computer art” as “examples of visual creativity in which a computer plays a dominant role.”

1963

Computers And Automation Launches Its "Computer Art Contest"

The contest defines “computer art” as “examples of visual creativity in which a computer plays a dominant role.”

Kevin Abosch (/ˈeɪbɒʃ/ AY-bosh; born 1969) is an Irish conceptual artist and pioneer in cryptoart known for his works in photography, blockchain, sculpture, installation, AI and film.

Six examples of the 10,000 randomly generated CryptoPunks

BitchCoin logo

BitchCoin logo

Artie Vierkant (born 1986)[1] is an American digital artist based in Brooklyn, New York, known for his "Image Objects" series. The series is based on the 2010 essay "The Image Object Post-Internet", which he wrote while in graduate school.

Example of glitch art by Rosa Menkman who was featured at the opening of TRANSFER gallery

Bridle in 2015

LaTurbo Avedon is an avatar artist, curator, the designer and founder of Panther Modern. Their work emphasizes thepractice of nonphysical identity and authorship since 2008-2009.Their work has appeared internationally including TRANSFER Gallery (New York), transmediale (Berlin), Haus der elektronischen Künste (Basel), The Whitney Museum (New York), HMVK (Dortmund), Barbican Center (London), and Galeries Lafayette (Paris).

In 2009, ecoarttech launched "Eclipse," an internet-based work commissioned by Turbulence of New Radio and PerformingArts, Inc.[4] and Untitled Landscape #5, a digital environmental artwork commissioned by the Whitney Museum of Art, as part of the Sunrise/Sunset series inaugurated in 2009.

Cory Arcangel (born May 25, 1978) is an American post-conceptual artist who makes work in many different media, including drawing, music, video, performance art, and video game modifications, for which he is best known.

Some earliest hardbacks with glossy dust jackets, spanning the period 1961–1980, the majority of these publications date back to the 1960s.

Casey Edwin Barker Reas | 1972 (age 49–50) | Troy, Ohio, US

Video sculpture of the duo, Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge., at M+, Hong Kong

Logo for Berlin-based annual media art festival Transmediale

CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment in Chicago, IL

The Thing Bulletin Board System

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe founded in 1989

Prix Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica, the longest-running media art festival, launches in Linz

Creative Computing

Portrait of Manfred Mohr, co-founder of Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV)

Cover of Leonardo

Georg Nees

Computer generated art from Computers and Automation's "Computer Art Contest"

1965
February 5, 1965

The Studiengalerie der Technische Hochschule Stuttgart presents the first-ever public exhibition of computer-generated images as art.

April 6, 1965

Manhattan’s Howard Wise Gallery presents this first American exhibition of computer art, featuring works by A. Michael Noll and Béla Julesz.

November 5, 1965

Galerie Wendelin Niedlich in Stuttgart presents the third exhibition of computer art, featuring works by Georg Nees and Frieder Nake.

1965
February 5, 1965

The Studiengalerie der Technische Hochschule Stuttgart presents the first-ever public exhibition of computer-generated images as art.

April 6, 1965

Manhattan’s Howard Wise Gallery presents this first American exhibition of computer art, featuring works by A. Michael Noll and Béla Julesz.

November 5, 1965

Galerie Wendelin Niedlich in Stuttgart presents the third exhibition of computer art, featuring works by Georg Nees and Frieder Nake.

1966

Computer Technique Group (CTG) forms

Masao Komura, Haruki Tsuchiya, Kunio Yamanaka, and Junichiro Kakizaki found the Computer Technique Group (CTG) in Japan.

1968

Founded by kinetic artist and aeronautical engineer Frank Malina, the journal will go on 1969 to publish important primary accounts and secondary scholarship in the field of digital art and art and technology more broadly.

This magazine dedicated to the theoretical links between computers and art is published by a group of artists related to the [Nove] tendencije (New Tendencies) movement.

ICA London presents the first major museum presentation of computer-generated images, films, sculptures, songs, and other creative forms, curated by Jasia Reichardt.

1968

Founded by kinetic artist and aeronautical engineer Frank Malina, the journal will go on 1969 to publish important primary accounts and secondary scholarship in the field of digital art and art and technology more broadly.

This magazine dedicated to the theoretical links between computers and art is published by a group of artists related to the [Nove] tendencije (New Tendencies) movement.

ICA London presents the first major museum presentation of computer-generated images, films, sculptures, songs, and other creative forms, curated by Jasia Reichardt.

1969

Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV) founded

A group of young musicians and artists including Hervé Huitric and Manfred Mohr (joined later by Monique Nahas) found the Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV).

1969

Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV) founded

A group of young musicians and artists including Hervé Huitric and Manfred Mohr (joined later by Monique Nahas) found the Groupe Art et Informatique de Vincennes (GAIV).

1970

September 16, 1970

Group Exhibition: Software

The Jewish Museum presents Software, which explores the importance of software as a metaphor for conceptual art.

1971

May 11, 1971

Solo Exhibition: Manfred Mohr: Computer Graphics. Une esthétique programmée

Thanks to this presentation at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Mohr becomes the first computer artist to have a solo museum exhibition.

1974

David Ahl launches the first major magazine for computer hobbyists to promote the use of personal computers to create games, art, and other creative forms.

This organization, which presents an annual trade show for people working with computer graphics, is founded as part of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

1974

David Ahl launches the first major magazine for computer hobbyists to promote the use of personal computers to create games, art, and other creative forms.

This organization, which presents an annual trade show for people working with computer graphics, is founded as part of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

1976

Publication of Artist and Computer

Ruth Leavitt’s anthology includes interviews with thirty-five leading computer artists, including Vera Molnár, Kenneth Knowlton, Charles Csuri, Manfred Mohr, Lillian Schwartz, and Hiroshi Kawano.

1979

September 18, 1979

Launch of Ars Electronica

The longest-running media art festival launches in Linz. The organization will open its first year-round museum in 1996.

1979

September 18, 1979

Launch of Ars Electronica

The longest-running media art festival launches in Linz. The organization will open its first year-round museum in 1996.

1980

February 16, 1980

Artists’ Use of Telecommunications Conference

This conference at SFMOMA includes live global video links and leads to the launch of ARTBOX (later ARTEX), the first significant digital network for artists, which will support key projects throughout the 1980s.

1986

Group Exhibition: 42nd Venice Biennale

The theme is “Art and Science,” and it includes the presentations “Technology and Informatics” and “Art and Computer.”

1987

Ars Electronica launches the Prix Ars Electronica

Early categories include “Computer Graphics,” “Computer Animation,” “Computer Music,” and “Interactive Art.” A new category for net art is introduced in 1995, but is dropped in 2006.

1987

Ars Electronica launches the Prix Ars Electronica

Early categories include “Computer Graphics,” “Computer Animation,” “Computer Music,” and “Interactive Art.” A new category for net art is introduced in 1995, but is dropped in 2006.

1988

Launch of ISEA (International Symposia on Electronic Arts)

These symposia (now organized by the ISEA Foundation) for organizations and individuals working with digital and other electronic arts are held in a different city every year.

1989

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe is founded

Having moved into its current complex in 1997 and operating under the direction of Peter Weibel since 1999, ZKM has become a leading museum for digital and other forms of media art.

1989

ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe is founded

Having moved into its current complex in 1997 and operating under the direction of Peter Weibel since 1999, ZKM has become a leading museum for digital and other forms of media art.

1991

Launch of THE THING BBS

Wolfgang Staehle launches this BBS (Bulletin Board System) in New York City, which will become a hotbed of making and sharing online art, with nodes in multiple cities across Europe.

1991

Launch of THE THING BBS

Wolfgang Staehle launches this BBS (Bulletin Board System) in New York City, which will become a hotbed of making and sharing online art, with nodes in multiple cities across Europe.

1994

John Bothwick and Benjamin Weil found this platform for artists (including Lawrence Weiner and Jenny Holzer) to make and share experiments with the web.

Pit Schultz presents screenshots of net.art projects in the Berlin nightclub Bunker, including works from Vuk Ćosić, JODI, Alexei Shulgin, and Heath Bunting, among others.

1995

June 1, 1995

Geert Lovink and Pit Schultz launch this email list as part of the Club Berlin event at the Venice Biennale. The community would become associated with the term net.art, which Schultz coined.

August 1, 1995

Douglas Davis’s website The World’s First Collaborative Sentence, 1994, is gifted to the museum by its collectors.

1996

March 16, 1996

Postmasters gallery in New York City presents this group show of digital works (including one about cryptography), many available for purchase on floppy disks and CDs, becoming the first commercial gallery to support digital and net artists.

Developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory in Chicago and debuted at SIGGRAPH ’92, the CAVE will host around 50 virtual reality projects over the next 12 years.

Artist Mark Tribe launches this list for the net art community, which later spawns a website, online database, and non-profit organization now affiliated with the New Museum in New York City.

Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett found this non-profit art and technology “(de)center” in London. In 2006, they coined the term DIWO (Doing It With Others) to promote decentralized relationships in the arts.

1996

1997

May 23, 1997

The Berlin-based VideoFilmFest (itself founded in 1988) transforms into this annual media art festival, which also presents year-round programming and publications.

June 21, 1997

The main exhibition includes net artists Heath Bunting, JODI, and Antoni Muntadas; a satellite site called “Hybrid WorkSpace” presents net art on computers installed in an office-like room at the Orangerie.

Curated by Steve Dietz, the Walker Art Center hosts this platform for net art, which also includes interviews with artists including Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Auriea Harvey, and Paul Vanouse.

The Japanese telecom company NTT opens this center devoted to the intersection of science, technology, and art in Tokyo.

March 16, 1996

Postmasters gallery in New York City presents this group show of digital works (including one about cryptography), many available for purchase on floppy disks and CDs, becoming the first commercial gallery to support digital and net artists.

Developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory in Chicago and debuted at SIGGRAPH ’92, the CAVE will host around 50 virtual reality projects over the next 12 years.

Artist Mark Tribe launches this list for the net art community, which later spawns a website, online database, and non-profit organization now affiliated with the New Museum in New York City.

Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett found this non-profit art and technology “(de)center” in London. In 2006, they coined the term DIWO (Doing It With Others) to promote decentralized relationships in the arts.

1997

May 23, 1997

The Berlin-based VideoFilmFest (itself founded in 1988) transforms into this annual media art festival, which also presents year-round programming and publications.

June 21, 1997

The main exhibition includes net artists Heath Bunting, JODI, and Antoni Muntadas; a satellite site called “Hybrid WorkSpace” presents net art on computers installed in an office-like room at the Orangerie.

Curated by Steve Dietz, the Walker Art Center hosts this platform for net art, which also includes interviews with artists including Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Auriea Harvey, and Paul Vanouse.

The Japanese telecom company NTT opens this center devoted to the intersection of science, technology, and art in Tokyo.

1998

Brandon, 1998-99, also becomes the first work of net art commissioned by a major art museum.

This New York-based center for artists creatively working with technology is known for its artist fellowships and public programming focused on taking a critical view of technology.

1999

Launch of the Variable Media Initiative

The Guggenheim Museum unites media artists and museum workers to address the unique challenges of presenting and conserving media art.

2000

March 1, 2000

An “Internet Art Gallery” was presented as large video projections in the galleries, as well as on a bank of computers and on the Biennial's webpage.

Commissioned artists include Graham Harwood, Heath Bunting, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, and Natalie Bookchin.

2000

March 1, 2000

An “Internet Art Gallery” was presented as large video projections in the galleries, as well as on a bank of computers and on the Biennial's webpage.

Commissioned artists include Graham Harwood, Heath Bunting, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, and Natalie Bookchin.

2001

March 3, 2001

This SFMOMA survey of art in the digital age, presented in its galleries and online, includes works by Char Davies, Entropy8Zuper!, Lee Bul, and Thomson & Craighead, among others.

March 2001

Curated by Christiane Paul, this site commissions work from Casey Reas, Ubermorgen, Addie Wagenknecht, Eteam, Eva and Franco Mattes, Morehshin Allahyari, and Michael Mandiberg, among others.

June 10, 2001

Eva and Franco Mattes unleash the Python-based virus Biennale.py (created with the hacker group Epidemic) during the opening, and also exhibit it on computers in the Slovenian Pavilion.

November 15, 2001

The first gallery dedicated to digital art, Bitforms will represent artists including Beryl Korot, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Manfred Mohr, Casey Reas, and Addie Wagenknecht.

This free and open-source program, developed by Ben Fry and Casey Reas, becomes a powerful tool for visual artists to learn and experiment with code.

2001

March 3, 2001

This SFMOMA survey of art in the digital age, presented in its galleries and online, includes works by Char Davies, Entropy8Zuper!, Lee Bul, and Thomson & Craighead, among others.

March 2001

Curated by Christiane Paul, this site commissions work from Casey Reas, Ubermorgen, Addie Wagenknecht, Eteam, Eva and Franco Mattes, Morehshin Allahyari, and Michael Mandiberg, among others.

June 10, 2001

Eva and Franco Mattes unleash the Python-based virus Biennale.py (created with the hacker group Epidemic) during the opening, and also exhibit it on computers in the Slovenian Pavilion.

November 15, 2001

The first gallery dedicated to digital art, Bitforms will represent artists including Beryl Korot, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Manfred Mohr, Casey Reas, and Addie Wagenknecht.

This free and open-source program, developed by Ben Fry and Casey Reas, becomes a powerful tool for visual artists to learn and experiment with code.

2002

Publication of Dispersion

Seth Price's canonical essay/artwork highlights how the internet is contributing to an increasing emphasis on how art is circulated (rather than produced) in contemporary art.

2003

Publication of Digital Art

Thames and Hudson publishes the first edition of Christiane Paul’s survey in its mass market paperback “World of Art” series.

2003

Publication of Digital Art

Thames and Hudson publishes the first edition of Christiane Paul’s survey in its mass market paperback “World of Art” series.

2006

August 8, 2006

A group of artists begin posting seemingly random things they discover while surfing the internet to their collaborative blog, giving rise to the term “surf club" to describe similar such groups.

October 12, 2006

The exhibition and its related book and website highlight the use of videogames to make art, as seen in the practices of artists like Cory Arcangel and JODI.

2006

August 8, 2006

A group of artists begin posting seemingly random things they discover while surfing the internet to their collaborative blog, giving rise to the term “surf club" to describe similar such groups.

October 12, 2006

The exhibition and its related book and website highlight the use of videogames to make art, as seen in the practices of artists like Cory Arcangel and JODI.

2009

November 12, 2009

Launch of Whitney Museum's Sunrise/Sunset commissions

Curated by Christiane Paul, these interventions are by artists including Stephanie Rothenberg, R. Luke DuBois, JODI, Rafaël Rozendaal, Lorna Mills, Carla Gannis, American Artist, LaTurbo Avedon, and Ryan Kuo.

2009

November 12, 2009

Launch of Whitney Museum's Sunrise/Sunset commissions

Curated by Christiane Paul, these interventions are by artists including Stephanie Rothenberg, R. Luke DuBois, JODI, Rafaël Rozendaal, Lorna Mills, Carla Gannis, American Artist, LaTurbo Avedon, and Ryan Kuo.

2011

HEK (Haus der elektronischen Künste / House of Electronic Arts) founded

This museum in Basel collects digital art and organizes exhibitions and publications on individual artists and topics such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and gaming.

2011

HEK (Haus der elektronischen Künste / House of Electronic Arts) founded

This museum in Basel collects digital art and organizes exhibitions and publications on individual artists and topics such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and gaming.

2012

April 2, 2012

Author Bruce Sterling helps define and popularize the term coined by James Bridle to describe an aesthetic resulting from the blurring of physical and digital reality.

Claire Bishop's essay in Artforum sparks a debate about the relationship between the worlds of mainstream contemporary art and new media art.

2012

April 2, 2012

Author Bruce Sterling helps define and popularize the term coined by James Bridle to describe an aesthetic resulting from the blurring of physical and digital reality.

Claire Bishop's essay in Artforum sparks a debate about the relationship between the worlds of mainstream contemporary art and new media art.

2013

March 16, 2013

TRANSFER gallery opens

Originally based in Brooklyn, this gallery for born-digital art will feature artists including LaTurbo Avedon, Carla Gannis, Angela Washko, Morehshin Allahyari, Rosa Menkman, Claudia Hart, Lorna Mills, and Faith Holland.

2013

March 16, 2013

TRANSFER gallery opens

Originally based in Brooklyn, this gallery for born-digital art will feature artists including LaTurbo Avedon, Carla Gannis, Angela Washko, Morehshin Allahyari, Rosa Menkman, Claudia Hart, Lorna Mills, and Faith Holland.

2014

January 4, 2014

This London gallery for digital art grows to include a physical exhibition space, online exhibition platform, educational program, and studio spaces.

March 1, 2014

UCCA Beijing hosts this survey that helps to define a field of contemporary artists who address "the centrality of the network," including Cory Arcangel, Harm van den Dorpel, and Artie Vierkant.

May 3, 2014

Paired by Rhizome, Kevin McCoy and Anil Dash build Monegraph within one day and create the first digital art token (later to be called an NFT).

May 28, 2014

The French artists use the dark-net and Bitcoin to acquire a scanned copy of Satoshi Nakamoto's passport.

June 1, 2014

Austrian Cointemporary platform showcases temporary online exhibitions of Bitcoin art, available for Bitcoin only.

July 22, 2014

In this conceptual artwork, the smart contract can be set to nominate itself as art or not with a click of a mouse and the payment of the gas fee.

July 24, 2014

In this conceptual artwork, the smart contract can be set to nominate itself as art or not with a click of a mouse and the payment of the gas fee.

Artist Rhea Myers tokenized her soul conceptually as an MYSOUL token on the DogeCoin and CounterParty blockchain.

2015

February 15, 2015

BitchCoin is an artwork-backed currency by Sarah Meyohas that aims to challenge the current economics of the art world.

February 25, 2015

The 2015 New Museum Triennial foregrounds the internet's impact on identity and culture, featuring artists like DIS, Aleksandra Domanović, Oliver Laric, and Martine Syms.

March 11, 2015

Digital trading cards issued on the CounterParty blockchain by the EverdreamSoft game studio, these cards later become the game Spells of Genesis.

March 16, 2015

Scarab is simultaneously an artist collective and a work of art itself based on the CounterParty blockchain.

April 9, 2015

Coin Artist Marguerite Christin released her puzzle painting and raised attention for the 4.87 Bitcoin reward and the 3 years to solve it.

April 24, 2015

The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts became the first museum to buy a digital artwork using Bitcoin when it purchases Event Listeners, 2015, from Dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel.

July 7, 2015

Los Angeles-based Verisart is a platform for creating digital certificates for art and collectibles backed by the blockchain.

July 17, 2015

The first spore of the autonomous blockchain-based lifeform is created during a workshop at the Stadtwerkstatt in Linz, Austria.

November 12, 2015

Created in 2014, this collage of destructed credit cards raises the equivalent of $5.5k in Nov 2015 (or $150k in May 2020) for the benefit of Dorian Nakamoto.

December 11, 2015

The artists showcase their shopping bot that uses Bitcoin to buy random items on the darknet at Horatio Junior Gallery in London.

December 15, 2015

Artist Harm van den Dorpel and Paloma Rodríguez Carrington launch left.gallery as a digital art gallery based on the Ascribe platform.

2015

February 15, 2015

BitchCoin is an artwork-backed currency by Sarah Meyohas that aims to challenge the current economics of the art world.

February 25, 2015

The 2015 New Museum Triennial foregrounds the internet's impact on identity and culture, featuring artists like DIS, Aleksandra Domanović, Oliver Laric, and Martine Syms.

March 11, 2015

Digital trading cards issued on the CounterParty blockchain by the EverdreamSoft game studio, these cards later become the game Spells of Genesis.

March 16, 2015

Scarab is simultaneously an artist collective and a work of art itself based on the CounterParty blockchain.

April 9, 2015

Coin Artist Marguerite Christin released her puzzle painting and raised attention for the 4.87 Bitcoin reward and the 3 years to solve it.

April 24, 2015

The Austrian Museum of Applied Arts became the first museum to buy a digital artwork using Bitcoin when it purchases Event Listeners, 2015, from Dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel.

July 7, 2015

Los Angeles-based Verisart is a platform for creating digital certificates for art and collectibles backed by the blockchain.

July 17, 2015

The first spore of the autonomous blockchain-based lifeform is created during a workshop at the Stadtwerkstatt in Linz, Austria.

November 12, 2015

Created in 2014, this collage of destructed credit cards raises the equivalent of $5.5k in Nov 2015 (or $150k in May 2020) for the benefit of Dorian Nakamoto.

December 11, 2015

The artists showcase their shopping bot that uses Bitcoin to buy random items on the darknet at Horatio Junior Gallery in London.

December 15, 2015

Artist Harm van den Dorpel and Paloma Rodríguez Carrington launch left.gallery as a digital art gallery based on the Ascribe platform.

2016

April 15, 2016

This Encyclopedia is the first physical book cataloging bitcoin and other cryptocurrency collectibles.

May 4, 2016

Frieze New York includes this presentation of virtual reality works by artists including Anish Kapoor and Rachel Rossin, representing a surge of interest in VR in the mainstream art world.

May 25, 2016

A blockchain-themed group exhibition hosted by Cryptograffiti and the San Francisco Bitcoin Meetup at Code & Canvas.

September 9, 2016

Release of the first User-/Artist-issued trading cards based on the CounterParty blockchain, arguably the first issuance of crypto art.

October 12, 2016

Book of Orbs is a CounterParty exchange for game items that supports game-related currencies such as BitCrystals, WillCoins, and PepeCash.

October 16, 2016

The CounterParty-based Rare Pepe card by DJ J-SCRILLA is a NFT that unlocks access to his hidden Soundcloud account through message signing.

October 27, 2016

Rhizome's project conserves and presents critical writing on 100 key examples of net art, culminating in a 2019 book and New Museum exhibition.

November 4, 2016

Cryptograffiti showcases his Bitcoin-themed works in a solo exhibition at the Digital Garage in San Francisco. N0416

2017

January 21, 2017

Simon Denny's sculptural installations explore the potential applications of blockchain technology at the Hammer Museum.

March 17, 2017

DJ J-SCRILLA and professor/attorney Cynthia Gayton air the first of their 27 podcast episodes about digital tokens, art on the blockchain and its uses.

April 20, 2017

A digital card game based on the CounterParty blockchain by the EverdreamSoft game studio.

May 9, 2017

Curio Card offers rare digital art cards and is the first Ethereum-based NFT art token marketplace.

May 20, 2017

Curated by Sam Hart, this exhibition presents works by Sam Hart, Melanie Hoff, Nora Khan, Lars TCF Holdhus, Rhea Myers, Simon Denny, and FOAM

June 22, 2017

Limited to 10,000 digital collectibles, crypto punks were issued for free on the Ethereum blockchain by Larva Labs.

August 9, 2017

This early ERC-20 crypto collectible lies dormant for many years. Rediscovered in March 2021, all 25,600 cats sell within hours.

August 30, 2017

Inspired by Yves Klein, these tokens are minted using ERC-20 and exhibited inside Chan's solo show at InterAccess Toronto, one of the first exhibitions of tokenized art in a gallery space.

September 11, 2017

Edited by Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner, this book features many blockchain art pioneers including Primavera De Filippi, Simon Denny, Rhea Myers, and Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst.

October 19, 2017

Digital collectible cats issued on the Ethereum blockchain by Dapper Labs, creating the ERC-721 NFT token standard.

October 31, 2017

Founded in 2014, DADA launches with Creeps & Weirdos, its first collection of Rare Digital Artworks; all artworks on DADA are created on the platform.

November 15, 2017

Artist Stellabelle's first sizeable crypto artist communities educated about opportunities/crypto projects based on the Steem blockchain.

December 28, 2017

OpenSea launches its Alpha of the first decentralized exchange and marketplace for digital collectibles.

2017

January 21, 2017

Simon Denny's sculptural installations explore the potential applications of blockchain technology at the Hammer Museum.

March 17, 2017

DJ J-SCRILLA and professor/attorney Cynthia Gayton air the first of their 27 podcast episodes about digital tokens, art on the blockchain and its uses.

April 20, 2017

A digital card game based on the CounterParty blockchain by the EverdreamSoft game studio.

May 9, 2017

Curio Card offers rare digital art cards and is the first Ethereum-based NFT art token marketplace.

May 20, 2017

Curated by Sam Hart, this exhibition presents works by Sam Hart, Melanie Hoff, Nora Khan, Lars TCF Holdhus, Rhea Myers, Simon Denny, and FOAM

June 22, 2017

Limited to 10,000 digital collectibles, crypto punks were issued for free on the Ethereum blockchain by Larva Labs.

August 9, 2017

This early ERC-20 crypto collectible lies dormant for many years. Rediscovered in March 2021, all 25,600 cats sell within hours.

August 30, 2017

Inspired by Yves Klein, these tokens are minted using ERC-20 and exhibited inside Chan's solo show at InterAccess Toronto, one of the first exhibitions of tokenized art in a gallery space.

September 11, 2017

Edited by Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner, this book features many blockchain art pioneers including Primavera De Filippi, Simon Denny, Rhea Myers, and Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst.

October 19, 2017

Digital collectible cats issued on the Ethereum blockchain by Dapper Labs, creating the ERC-721 NFT token standard.

October 31, 2017

Founded in 2014, DADA launches with Creeps & Weirdos, its first collection of Rare Digital Artworks; all artworks on DADA are created on the platform.

November 15, 2017

Artist Stellabelle's first sizeable crypto artist communities educated about opportunities/crypto projects based on the Steem blockchain.

December 28, 2017

OpenSea launches its Alpha of the first decentralized exchange and marketplace for digital collectibles.

2018

January 13, 2018

The sale of a Homer Pepe card at the emblematic Rare Digital Art Festival in New York City for the equivalent of $38,500 goes viral.

February 7, 2018

The ICA Boston's survey epitomizes what Brian Droitcour terms "The Internet Show" and represents the increasing interest of museums in technology as a theme.

February 14, 2018

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Kevin Abosch created this fractionalized artwork with the gifting protocol GIFTO.io

March 21, 2018

Token holders/shareholders participate in decisions on Jonas Lund's artistic practice and life. M2118

April 2, 2018

Platform for digital original artwork registered on the Ethereum blockchain by Brooklyn-based Pixura.

April 5, 2018

Platform for digital original and editioned artwork registered on the Ethereum blockchain by Manchester-based BlockRocket.

May 21, 2018

New Zealand-based, this virtual reality world became one of the primary exhibition spaces for crypto art and digital collectibles.

June 14, 2018

Artists, curators, and visionaries come together to discuss the potential impact of blockchain on art.

June 20, 2018

Maecenas auctions Andy Warhol’s 14 Small Electric Chairs at UK-based Dadiani Fine Art gallery.

June 26, 2018

Platform for digital original artwork registered on the Ethereum blockchain by Rare Art Labs based in Richmond, VA.

July 8, 2018

After a controversial Initial Coin Offering, the Codex protocol launches as a provenance registry for art and collectibles.

July 18, 2018

Auction house Christie’s hosted its first one-day art+tech conference entitled: Exploring Blockchain — Is the Art World Ready For Consensus?

August 15, 2018

CryptoArte creates generative tokens and paintings based on the hash values of Ethereum transaction blocks.

September 8, 2018

This examination of art and the blockchain at Berlin's Schinkel Pavillon is curated by Simon Denny in dialogue with Harm van den Dorpel, Sarah Hamerman and Sam Hart, and Kei Kreutler, among others.

September 17, 2018

UK artist Anna Ridler was commissioned to create a Bitcoin price visualization based on her AI-generated tulip images.

October 24, 2018

New Art Academy hosted the NYC ArtTech + Blockchain Connect Kimmel at the Center for University Life during, also launch of the Rare Pepe book.

November 7, 2018

89 Seconds Atomized is not only an art installation but also an experiment in digital ownership and community.

November 11, 2018

Christie's documented and recorded the $323.1 million in sales of its Ebsworth auction with Artory on the Blockchain.

November 16, 2018

Blockchain-themed exhibition curated by Georg Bak at the Kate Vass Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland.

December 1, 2018

Mintable is an open platform for ERC-721 tokens. In December 2020, the platform relaunched as an NFT-governed DAO. D0118

December 15, 2018

Italian artist duo Hackatao showcases in their show crypto art and a selection of international crypto artists.

December 19, 2018

Black Swan by Cryptograffiti becomes the least expensive painting ever sold for 1 millisatoshi or $0.000000037 at the time of auction.

2018

January 13, 2018

The sale of a Homer Pepe card at the emblematic Rare Digital Art Festival in New York City for the equivalent of $38,500 goes viral.

February 7, 2018

The ICA Boston's survey epitomizes what Brian Droitcour terms "The Internet Show" and represents the increasing interest of museums in technology as a theme.

February 14, 2018

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Kevin Abosch created this fractionalized artwork with the gifting protocol GIFTO.io

March 21, 2018

Token holders/shareholders participate in decisions on Jonas Lund's artistic practice and life. M2118

April 2, 2018

Platform for digital original artwork registered on the Ethereum blockchain by Brooklyn-based Pixura.

April 5, 2018

Platform for digital original and editioned artwork registered on the Ethereum blockchain by Manchester-based BlockRocket.

May 21, 2018

New Zealand-based, this virtual reality world became one of the primary exhibition spaces for crypto art and digital collectibles.

June 14, 2018

Artists, curators, and visionaries come together to discuss the potential impact of blockchain on art.

June 20, 2018

Maecenas auctions Andy Warhol’s 14 Small Electric Chairs at UK-based Dadiani Fine Art gallery.

June 26, 2018

Platform for digital original artwork registered on the Ethereum blockchain by Rare Art Labs based in Richmond, VA.

July 8, 2018

After a controversial Initial Coin Offering, the Codex protocol launches as a provenance registry for art and collectibles.

July 18, 2018

Auction house Christie’s hosted its first one-day art+tech conference entitled: Exploring Blockchain — Is the Art World Ready For Consensus?

August 15, 2018

CryptoArte creates generative tokens and paintings based on the hash values of Ethereum transaction blocks.

September 8, 2018

This examination of art and the blockchain at Berlin's Schinkel Pavillon is curated by Simon Denny in dialogue with Harm van den Dorpel, Sarah Hamerman and Sam Hart, and Kei Kreutler, among others.

September 17, 2018

UK artist Anna Ridler was commissioned to create a Bitcoin price visualization based on her AI-generated tulip images.

October 24, 2018

New Art Academy hosted the NYC ArtTech + Blockchain Connect Kimmel at the Center for University Life during, also launch of the Rare Pepe book.

November 7, 2018

89 Seconds Atomized is not only an art installation but also an experiment in digital ownership and community.

November 11, 2018

Christie's documented and recorded the $323.1 million in sales of its Ebsworth auction with Artory on the Blockchain.

November 16, 2018

Blockchain-themed exhibition curated by Georg Bak at the Kate Vass Gallery in Zurich, Switzerland.

December 1, 2018

Mintable is an open platform for ERC-721 tokens. In December 2020, the platform relaunched as an NFT-governed DAO. D0118

December 15, 2018

Italian artist duo Hackatao showcases in their show crypto art and a selection of international crypto artists.

December 19, 2018

Black Swan by Cryptograffiti becomes the least expensive painting ever sold for 1 millisatoshi or $0.000000037 at the time of auction.

2019

January 6, 2019

Politically charged during the Yellow Vests protest, this Bitcoin puzzle mural will be removed.

February 12, 2019

London-based digital art platform on the Ethereum blockchain by art curator Sascha Bailey.

March 5, 2019

The conceptual artwork explores museums' ownership of art, incorporates Monegraph, and enables 50 people to become museum donors of this piece.

March 21, 2019

This conceptual piece is always on sale and supports the artist by requiring the owner to pay a 5% pa patronage at the self-specified price.

April 8, 2019

Generative artwork tokens issued on the Ethereum blockchain by Larva Labs in support of charitable causes.

April 8, 2019

Ethereum-powered mobile application to create digital collectibles; after 100,000 editions, it ceases operations in October of the same year.

April 24, 2019

Platform for digital original artwork and limited editions, registered on the Ethereum blockchain and based in San Francisco.

May 3, 2019

CADAF (Contemporary And Digital Art Fair) launches its first edition in New York City; its focus includes crypto collectibles.

June 1, 2019

Bard's first solo exhibition explores AI, AR and cryptocurrency and blockchain art at the Bull Run Library in Manassas, Virginia.

August 1, 2019

Ethereum-based tokenization platform for digital art, collectibles and other use cases such as tickets, located in Berlin. A0119

September 6, 2019

The blockchain-centred exhibition is held at the Centre Culturel et Communautaire Françoise-Dunn in Sherbrooke, Canada.

October 24, 2019

Ethereum-based tokenization platform for digital art and collectibles, the decentralized team is based in Moscow, Los Angeles, and New York City. O2419

November 9, 2019

Crypto art group exhibition organized by crypto artist Max Osiris at the Innerspace Gallery in Los Angeles.

November 15, 2019

Crypto art group exhibition organized by Jake Johns at the Zhu Bing Ren Copper Gallery In Shanghai.

November 29, 2019

Museum of Contemporary Digital Art (MoCDA) hosts blockchain-related artworks, projects, and panel discussions during the Nam Jun Paik exhibition at the Tate Modern.

2020

February 12, 2020

Museum of Crypto Art (MOCA) begins its rapidly growing crypto art collection, which fuels crypto art creators and creations.

February 22, 2020

Touted as the first major museum survey of art and AI, this exhibition at the de Young in San Francisco includes Zach Blas, Ian Cheng, Stephanie Dinkins, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Trevor Paglen, and Hito Steyerl, among others.

February 25, 2020

An experimental art platform for programmable digital art based on the Ethereum blockchain and located in San Francisco.

March 4, 2020

Following SuperRare's royalty reduction, a tweet by Matt Kane sparks an artist-led initiative that establishes a 10% royalty standard within a month. M0420

March 17, 2020

USD transaction-focused art platform based on the Ethereum blockchain. Nifty Gateway was acquired by the Winklevoss twins of Gemini.

April 7, 2020

Public launch of the pixEOS Art Gallery based on the Eos blockchain focused on digital goods such as digital and physical artworks.

April 29, 2020

Artist Josie Bellini showcases and documents in her video livestreams the story of crypto artists and collectors.

May 27, 2020

Foundation launches as the first digital art marketplace to address fluctuation and pricing based on the stable-coin DAI.

July 15, 2020

NFT Showroom uses Hive-Engine's layer 2 NFT smart contract platform to generate tokenized art.

July 23, 2020

The original NFT animation of Jones's painting sells for $55,555 to Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile of the Museum of Crypto Art.

September 11, 2020

WOCA (Women of crypto art) held a CryptoVoxels group exhibition entitled "She Art," with artworks from over 30 crypto artists.

September 18, 2020

Matt Kane enters with his Async project a 10-year collaboration for over $100,000 under the patronage of TokenAngels.

October 7, 2020

Async.art partners with Christie's to lead this auction, which exceeds 7 times its estimate.

November 27, 2020

Art Blocks is a generative design platform based created with the data and hosted on the Ethereum blockchain.

December 28, 2020

Virtual exhibition features 33 Black crypto artists from 8 different countries and rewrites the narrative of who benefits from the value of Black creativity.

2021
January 15, 2021

Curated by collector Sats Moon, Australia’s first immersive crypto art festival celebrates digital art, AR/VR and music at Paddington Town Hall in Sydney.

January 20, 2021

CryptoArt Week Asia promotes under-represented Asian-based artists in Asia and abroad during events in Singapore and virtually.

January 23, 2021

Metapurse's B.20 token explores the intersection between social, utility tokens and a DAO backed by Beeple's record-breaking 20 Collection.

February 8, 2021

Initially, e-sports and crowdfunding-oriented, the community-driven platform minted its first OBJKT and operates on the Tezos Blockchain.

February 12, 2021

Deplatformed Robness Cyberpop and Max Osiris on SuperRare launch the controversial trash art movement challenging copyrights.

February 25, 2021

The auction house chose Beeple's EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5,000 DAYS, a compilation of his first 5,000 daily artworks, as its first auction of an NFT.

March 11, 2021

Beeple (Mike Winkelman) sells his EVERYDAYS at auction for $69,346,250, at that time the 3rd highest auction price ever achieved by a living artist.

March 25, 2021

Superchief Gallery NFT opens with the "Season One Starter Pack," an exhibition that will feature rotating NFT artwork from 300 multidisciplinary artists.

March 26, 2021

This group exhibition hosted by BlockCreateArt (BCA) is the first institutional crypto art exhibition held at the UCCA Lab in Beijing.

March 26, 2021

Touted as the first major physical exhibition of crypto art, this survey of over 50 artists at the UCCA Lab in Beijing iincludes works by Beeple, Pak, Fewocious, and Mad Dog Jones, among others.

April 1, 2021

TRANSFER and left.gallery collaborate on this exhibition that responds to the NFT hype and features the work of over fifty leading digital artists.

April 7, 2021

Curated by Daniel Heiss and Margit Rosen, this crypto art group exhibition takes place at the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe in Germany.

April 12, 2021

SaveArtSpace presents "Pixelated," a month-long, Miami-wide exhibition across billboards and bus shelters featuring 96 Crypto Punks.

April 12, 2021

Sotheby's and Nifty Gateway collaborate on the auction of the anonymous artist Pak, who conceptually explores and challenges scarcity.

April 23, 2021

Michah Dowbak's conceptual artwork sells at the Philipps auction for $4.2 million and will create 220 more versions of itself.

June 3, 2021

Sotheby's auction presents an online auction of original and recent NFTs by both crypto artists and digital artists.

June 10, 2021

Curated by Jesse Damiani with Fabian Müller and Markus Reindl, this exhibition at the Francisco Carolinum in Linz and in CryptoVoxels claims to be the first museum survey of the history of NFTs in art.

October 18, 2021

Sotheby's new destination for NFTs launches with the sale "Natively Digital 1.2: The Collectors."

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