The fax art created by David Hockney in 1988 was a version of today’s NFT art!
David Hockney is a contemporary artist known for his 1972 “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” which, at the time of its sale on November 15, 2018, became the most expensive artwork by a living artist sold at an auction. It sold at Christie’s auction house for $90 million.
After that, David lost the 1st place spot to Jeff Koons in 2019, but he still holds the all-time 2nd place spot.
It seems, back in 1988, Naoki Sakai often used to visit the Mexican state of Baja California with his three good LA friends Steve Samiof, Mick Haggerty, and Dudley Dissegna. One of their playmates was Hockney!
At the time, Hockney wanted to try and send art by fax. As a form of experimentation, he sent rolled fax art to Steve’s home many times.
The origin of the idea came from an attempt by Hockney to directly send one of his paintings to a collector who had ordered art. This was over 10 years before the internet saw widespread use.
One problem was that fax machines at that time used thermal paper, so it impossible to prevent the paper from deteriorating. Another problem was that it was not possible to prove a work’s authenticity solely through transmission records.
It would have been great if David Hockney’s 1988 attempt had taken place 30 years later in the era of NFT art. Perhaps Hockney, who loves new things, may still be able to do so at age 84.
Naoki Sakai has donated this work, which is a valuable contribution to the history of art, to the Speedy Gallery in Los Angeles.
We will attach an IC chip made into an NFT to this work and exhibit it by the end of this year.
Thank you so much!