Based on available data for the first quarter of 2022, Artprice by Artmarket.com can confirm that the art-NFT phenomenon has become a durable part of the global art market on all continents, with an acceleration in sales and transactions in the second quarter of this year, primarily in response to the implementation of a more favorable legislative framework in the United States.
In an article published in Le Monde on May 11, 2022: "The Art Market, despite a disastrous economic situation (editor's note: all sectors combined), is extremely resilient", says Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer of Christie's, who applauds the auction in New York on May 9, 2022 where a portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol becomes the most expensive 20th century painting in the world, reaching 195 million dollars and bought by the famous art dealer Larry Gagosian.
Artmarket.com confirms that the analysis of Q1 2022 shows solid growth and suggests an exceptional year 2022, despite the economic situation.
All of the art market's market-makers – notably the bulk of the planet's art auction operators – now have specialized NFT departments preparing cataloged and online sales on a permanent basis. Similarly, all the major museums and art galleries are creating and offering their own NFTs.
The digital art created in the 1980s is finally coming of age with over a billion art-NFT enthusiasts actively pursuing creations in this medium at prices that are now very accessible.
Artprice has already identified over 54,000 artists who are directly producing NFTs for their buying public, and this is only the very start of a major paradigm shift.
According to sociologists, art historians and analysts, we are in the midst of major evolution that will definitively modify the structure of the art market as it has developed since the 1950s. This change is clearly confirmed by Artprice's art market analysts, particularly its econometricians.
In its various reports on the Art Market, Artmarket.com has always indicated that it is impossible to understand the exponential growth of the NFT market without understanding the technological background to their existence. This ‘history' includes Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and their cultural origin in the Cypherpunk community (period of data encryption – type PGP – at the beginning of 1990s).
However, all players in the art-NFT market – OpenSea, Rarible, LooksRare, Nifty Gateway, Superare etc. – agree that the NFT revolution will ultimately take place in the Metaverse. In other words, it is illusory to envisage growth and a sustainable future for NFTs without the development of the Metaverse.
The Metaverse is a set of virtual worlds. The term is regularly used to describe the future version of the Internet where virtual, durable and shared spaces are accessible via 3D interaction.
Similarly, the Metaverse can be conceived as a set of virtual worlds connected to the Internet, which are perceived in augmented reality.
Experts from the financial, economic, scientific and academic spheres are unanimous in considering the Metaverse as the natural extension of the Internet (Web 3.0).
Ninety-five percent of the multinationals in Fortune's Global 500 ranking have Metaverse projects under development.
These Metaverse projects now represent an economic and scientific equation that will either raise their business turnovers in a spectacular manner, or become a financial abyss, depending on the R&D choices they make.
While Meta (Facebook) and Microsoft have retained colossal budgets for writing and coding virtual worlds, certain groups, and in particular Artmarket.com, are taking a different route which should make it possible to radically reduce the development costs of their Metaverses and become operational relatively quickly.
Artprice by Artmarket.com's principal and founding shareholder is Server Group, an Internet pioneer since 1987, but also one of the pioneers of CGI hardware and software as of 1985.
Server Group has owned a multitude of subsidiaries over the past 35 years and has acquired deep knowledge in the field of immersive video games and cinematic and televisual post-production. Appearing in the mid-1980s, the technologies in these areas are considered by the scientific community as the very first Metaverses.
Artmarket.com's Metaverse project is built in its world-famous headquarters located in the heart of the Organe Contemporary Art Museum which manages La Demeure du Chaos, or the “Abode of Chaos” (as baptised by the New York Times).
This Metaverse is revolutionary because it minimizes production costs and times and is based on the knowledge acquired by the Server Group from video game multinationals and film and network producers over the past 35 years (Studio Lumiere999® Paris/NY).
For the record, the Abode of Chaos was created in 1999 (more than 23 years ago) by thierry Ehrmann, an artist/sculptor since 1980 (certified biography Who's Who In France in 2022).
An open-air Museum of Contemporary Art occupying nearly 9,000 square meters, the Abode of Chaos is a unique museum circuit designed from its origin as a large-scale ‘escape game' with elements of augmented reality.
Among the nearly 6,300 distinct artworks there are 4,500 sculptures in raw steel – some weighing several hundred tons – as well as paintings, street art, engravings, installations, digital artworks and land artworks. The museum is equipped with a very powerful electronic network (optical fiber over 9000 m2, wifi 802.11ax, idO connected works of art, etc.).
The Abode of Chaos and the Contemporary Art Museum that hosts it receives 180,000 visitors a year, of whom 25% come from outside France.
Over the past 23 years the Abode of Chaos has been the subject of nearly 3,600 written and audiovisual press reports in 72 countries. It has also been exquisitely reflected in a major tome, Opus IX, a 504-page bilingual reference work that can be consulted free of charge online in PDF format as well as on the Issuu website, where it has been downloaded 37 million times (figure officially confirmed by a French Huissier SCP Mamet-Pons).
In the international press, the Abode of Chaos has been described as an ensemble of distinct Œuvres and as an unavoidable and unique “Factory” with a place in Art History as one of the most significant artistic projects of the early 21st century.
The Server Group and the Organe Museum have invested several million euros in this successful project, financed exclusively from equity capital after a solid IPO project (see Artmarket.com's universal registration document filed with the AMF, chapter 3.2.23).
thierry Ehrmann – CEO and Founder of Server Group and Artprice by Artmarket.com – followed the example of major video game creators and film directors/producers to build the group's Metaverse based on 25 years of world famous physical creations.
For the construction of its Metaverse, over the past three years Server Group has formed a number of alliances, notably with one of the main European spatial geometry groups, creating a European dream-team for 3D Design, Engineering, 3D Lab and Scanner Surveys.
Whereas Meta (formerly Facebook) is starting to build its Metaverse from scratch, Artmarket and Server Group is starting from the fundamental reality of 6,300 original art creations in reference to the contemporary art world - on a 9,000 m² site.
This history has given us a substantial head start, saving both time and money, because the approach is completely different when you have undeniable global recognition for nearly 25 years.
The technical specifications included the use/production of Faro Lidar 3D Scanner, Navis VLX, drones, Polygonal Ground Photogrammetry in a single reference and development system, and Augmented Intelligence processing to reveal the singular characteristics of the works and their architectural ‘formativity'.
Specialized spatial data engineers and surveyors scanned and digitized the 9000 m² of the Organe Contemporary Art Museum, including its multiple basements and elevations, and all of the 6,300 artworks. The result weighed 45 To and including the 27 years of post-production and digital production conducted by Server Group and its subsidiaries.
The Group's Metaverse was therefore generated from a vast physical medium of which it is the both author and owner. This represents a huge asset in terms of intellectual property. Similarly, the explosion of avatars and the proliferation of virtual multitudes® are part of a narrative already written and scripted by thierry Ehrmann, and known throughout the world.
While this ultra high-tech industrial process involving geometricians and spatial data experts required three years of field work (taking advantage of the COVID period), this approach is very different from the interminable challenges facing Meta (Facebook) of building its Metaverse from lines of code.
To understand the route taken by Server Group and Artprice by Artmarket.com, an analogy can be made with a well-known video game publisher whose Metaverse – based in medieval times – was constructed via an extremely detailed 3D scanning of several existing medieval European cities.
The results of this work were excellent: with radically reduced production costs, top ranking in box office all over the world - its video game version substantially dwarfed its competitors positioned in the highly-prized ‘medieval' segment.
It is essential to specify that Artprice by Artmarket.com's Metaverse, whose head office is located in the heart of the Organe Contemporary Art Museum (which manages the Abode of Chaos) is practically complete. This work has required very substantial investments which have been entirely borne by Server Group and its subsidiaries and which have had no impact on Artmarket.com's balance sheets.
Artprice by Artmarket.com's founding shareholder is Server Group, which is still by far the largest shareholder with 30.16% of the capital and 45.78% of the voting rights (Ehrmann family not included). Server Group took the industrial risk of investing in its Metaverse based on its confidence in Artmarket.com after 25 years as World Leader in Art Market Information.
Under the regime of regulated agreements covered by Server Group at Artmarket.com, whose Metaverse project's profitability will be assured by low user costs because the costs associated with its R&D, and production are infinitely lower than those facing the multinationals who have started coding their Metaverses from scratch. Moreover, their projects are still to be concluded.
Artmarket.com's upcoming NFT Marketplace will have an undeniable competitive advantage because the principal existing NFT platforms are facing time constraints, financial constraints, but also copyright constraints. As a result they do not really have successful Metaverses and may well be tempted to join Artmarket.com's metaverse. Artmarket.com which will aim to integrate them into its NFT Marketplace by providing them with its precious imprimatur.
Indeed, OpenSea, the world's leading NFT platform, has itself declared that 80% of the primary issues of art NFTs are likely to affect the intellectual property rights of third parties. Faced with this observation, Opensea has announced it is considering solutions to counter this scourge and protect sellers and buyers. We firmly believe that the logical solution to this problem is the certification of the primary market by Artprice through its blockchain and its smart contracts.
It is precisely in the primary issue of art NFTs that Artprice by Artmarket.com can achieve an extremely substantial turnover and profit.
We are proud to say that Artprice by Artmarket.com is the only company in the global art market that can veritably ensure the certification of primary NFT drops, bearing in mind all the underlying parameters and associated data.
The ability to certify primary issues of art NFTs is based on Artmarket.com's position as the global leader in art market information and as the owner and creator of databases containing a quarter of a century of art market data. This databank commands global respect and authority and is backed up by the world's largest collection of notes, manuscripts and sales catalogs (going back to 1700) which guarantee the authenticity and historical credibility of its databases.
Lastly, the study report from Dynata, the world's largest data platform for insights, activation and measurement, surveyed more than 62 million panelists and 4 billion insights (reactions from a consumer in the form of data) in 11 countries (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, China, Japan and Australia) and published its “New Experience Economy” report.
The report highlights a very favorable conclusion for Artmarket.com and for its Metaverse, and for its shareholders: 51% of respondents indicated that their favorite virtual (i.e. online) destination is a visit to a museum, an art gallery or an art exhibition.
With its Metaverse, which is the ultimate and unavoidable consequence of the NFT revolution, Artprice by Artmarket.com aims to be the most successful and highly competitive art NFT platform. Its Metaverse represents the assurance of an exponential and continuous growth of the art-NFT market. It will be accompanied by Artprice by Artmarket's Blockchain and its smart contracts, thereby allowing a fair remuneration for artists in tendum with copyright societies such as ADAGP to which Artprice has long been one of the main contributors.
In addition, the long-standing registration of the artpricecoin.com DNS (.net .org...) and its trademarks demonstrates Artmarket.com's overall strategy, which naturally includes the creation of a specific cryptocurrency after regulatory approvals.
The Artprice by Artmarket.com blockchain will mainly use Ethereum for its smart contracts but will remain open to payment in Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies.
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