How NFTs are changing the arts, and the lasting power of a Ukrainian tradition


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The latest episode of Open Studio with Jared Bowen looks into the role of NFTs in the arts, discuses Ukrainian culture with artist Lesia Sochor, and commemorates National Poetry Month.

It’s been just over a year since Beeple shook up the art world by selling his NFT “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” for a record-breaking $67 million. Jared Bowen explores how non-fungible tokens are changing the industry with a visit to Boston Cyberarts, where he speaks with director George Fifield. Then Bowen discusses NFTs’ influence on art with Washington Post art critic Sebastian Smee and NFT artist Anne Spalter.

Next, Bowen sits down with Lesia Sochor. The Maine-based, Ukrainian American artist finds inspiration from her ancestors’ tradition of intricately decorated eggs. Her culturally rooted show titled “Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal” is on view at the Museum of Russian Icons through July 24.

Open Studio is also celebrating National Poetry Month with readings from Amanda Gorman, Tracy K. Smith and Porsha Olayiwola.

Watch the latest Open Studio tonight at 8:30 p.m. on GBH 2, or stream live right here on our website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notifications of future episodes.





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