With the popularity of NFTs, artists are moving into the space at breakneck speed. But so are collectors and galleries. Galleries in particular, who understandably may have been skittish about digital art, are playing a bit of catch up as things in the space have been moving quickly.
Platforms are seeing exponential growth in the number of signups and works placed for sale. One interesting trend has been the rise of the artists-collector. The sense of community in the NFT space is a wonderful development that has led to artists using a portion of their funds to support each other by buying and collecting each other’s art.
The industry has also seen auctions by Soetheby’s and Christie’s as well as falling crypto prices that may lower the barrier to entry for new collectors. But as the collector base increases, the question of displaying crypto and digital art is being brought to the forefront. INdeed, it is one of the first questions I am asked when discussing NFTs with curious newbies.
While there are platforms that exist to showcase your NFT collection online, we at The BlkChain have done some digging to provide a resource for aspiring and existing collectors who want to show off their NFT art. Here’s what we found.
- Showtime – Showtime is a web-based platform that bills itself as Instagram for NFTs. Sign up, connect your wallet and Showtime will find works associated with your wallet and display them on your very own page. The platform recently added the ability to like, follow and comment on works of others, as well as a Facebook-like cover photo feature. Users can discover new artists, and can see trending works as well.
- OnCyber – This slick virtual online gallery allows users to choose the setting of their choice from 3 available, to display works registered to their wallet on the block chain. Once your art is displayed, you can arrange them within the space and share the link with others to peruse at their leisure. The site creates a virtual gallery featuring your very own collections of NFTs and allows users to move about at will in the space. Works well on mobile, too.
- ThisisAito – Prolific collector and one of the best-known names in NFTs recently launched their very own NFT gallery platform. Sign up is like the others, as simple as connecting your wallet and showing off pieces that you own. Given Aito’s reputation as a collector, the site has seen creators flock to the site in hopes that it will get them noticed. But the interface is simple and easy to use. Recently, the site has added a curation feature that allows users to curate works they do not own.
- Flawnt – Currently in Alpha, this online showcase behaves like the others and displays pretty much anything associated with the selected address, including ENS names. Users can choose to sort or hide specific assets on their page. As of this writing, the platform was a bit buggy so I’m guessing that they are still working out some kinks and will roll out features incrementally.
- Lazy.com – Brought to you by colorful Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban, the site is pretty bare but has evolved over the past few weeks. Lazy allows you to show off your NFTs and apparently acts as a marketplace, though you’ll have to click-through to OpenSea to make purchases it appears. The items in your wallet will sit on a stark white page with buttons that allow you to pin or sell.
In addition to the web based platforms, there are also a new crop of physical frames that collectors and galleries are using to display NFT and crypto art. Remember the frames from a few years ago that would sit on your desk and cycle though your family photos? Well, these aren’t that, but the idea is similar. These are aesthetically gorgeous pieces of hardware and custom software that allow collectors and galleries to display hi-resolution work in their home, business or gallery.
- Qonos – Targeted specifically toward collectors, the Qonos bills itself as the world’s first custom digital frame and platform for NFTs. The digital frame comes in two sizes; a 24-inch and a 17.4-inch. THe larger frame will run you a cool $1499 and the smaller 17.4 inch comes in at just under $1000. Owners of the frame will have access to over $500m worth of NFTs and the first batch, which were released in March of this year, sold out in 24 hours.
- Atomic Form – Set to be released later this Fall, the frame claims to “know what you own. The frame is built on a web 3.0 platform and bills itself as not just a frame but an NFT aggregator. The 27” digital frame offers digital and manual controls built into the actual frame itself. The accompanying platform allows owners to display their NFT art collection and owners can loan pieces from their collection to others who own an Atomic Form frame. The Atomic Form retails for $1337.
- Black Dove Digital Canvas – Black Dove has been working on setting up physical galleries such as SuperChief in NY, their very own Black Dove galleries in Miami and NY. The company creates digital screens in a variety of sizes that allows users to show off their NFT collections. The display is managed via Black Dove’s mobile app
- The Frame by Samsung – The Frame is a dual purpose display that doubles not only a frame but a television as well. The frame comes in a variety of sized from 32” – 75” and range in price from $599 to $2799.
- NetGear Digital Canvas – Netgear offers a selection of 3 different frames under the Meural product line which ranges from a personal size frame to larger canvas sized frames. This brand is definitely the most affordable of the bunch. The Meural 16×24 canvas will run you as little as $399. According to the site, the frame displays art from global curated collections. It is unclear whether or not the larger sized frames allow users to display their NFT collections.