From their vibrant energies and rich creative scenes to intriguing street life and beyond, there are plenty of similarities between New York City and Hong Kong. Both cities attract people from all over the world and all walks of life. It’s no surprise, then, that although we are a Hong Kong-born brand, we’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the Big Apple!
Times Square, New York City (2017), Photo Courtesy: Luca Bravo & "Organised Chaos" (2017) by Elaine Li - Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Both cities have wholeheartedly embraced the metaverse and NFTs, with exhibitions and sales in both cities making headlines across the world. If you’ve been following us, you’ll know that we’ve gone down the rabbit hole of NFTs and recently hosted “A Woman’s World” Hong Kong—and Asia’s—first NFT exhibition dedicated to female creators. Now, we’re expanding the boundaries of the Bamboo Scenes and announcing our entrance to New York City with June’s NFT.NYC, the world’s leading NFT event!
A World of Art in New York City
The Met Museum, Photo Courtesy: Sotheby's & The Whitney Museum, Photo Courtesy: Sotheby's
A true playground for art enthusiasts, New York City has a king’s ransom of incredible artistic works spilling across its hundreds of museums and galleries. From Boticellis and Pollocks at The Met to Matisse and Basquiat at MOMA—not to mention the Frick, the Guggenheim, and the Whitney—you’ll get to see some of the world’s most incredible art collections.
And, if you’re a collector, New York City has even more to offer by way of its many galleries stocked with pieces from local and international artists. There’s Hauser & Wirth’s, of course, who works with big hitters like Martin Creed and Roni Horn, and the Gagosian with its equally impressive artist roster which includes Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Ed Ruscha. Then you have places like Half Gallery, founded by art-man-about-town Bill Powers and specializing in emerging artists, and Gareth Greenan, which focuses on underrated artists.
NFT Vending Machine, Neon_Gallery, Photo Courtesy: Fad Magazine
But in recent years, New York, like other art cities around the world, has had its traditional art world disrupted by the advent of the metaverse and NFTs. The world’s first physical gallery dedicated to NFT art, Superchief, launched in New York’s Union Square neighborhood. Digital artist Beeple—who broke records with his auction at Christie’s, held his first gallery show in the city, with celebrities like Jimmy Fallon and Darren Aronofsky in attendance. SuperRare, the curated NFT marketplace, opened its first gallery pop-up in SoHo. And, in a nod to convenience, New York also got the world’s first-ever NFT vending machine.
How’s that for being the center of the digital art world?
Times Square, New York City, Photo Courtesy: Reddit
It should come as no surprise, then, that New York City also hosts NFT.NYC, the world’s most important non-fungible token event. The inaugural event took place in 2019 and, of course, Covid caused a few disruptions in subsequent years. In 2022, though, NFT.NYC is coming back with a bang.
Kicking off on June 21, the three-day event brings together the global NFT community, giving creators, developers, companies, projects, and educators the chance to meet, discuss, and inspire. Art NFTs are, of course, a central component of NFT.NYC, but the event will cover the full range of NFTs, including film, music, gaming, fashion, sports, and more. Attendees will be welcomed to a full range of programs hosted across seven iconic venues in New York City, including Radio City Music Hall and The Edison Rooftop.
Bamboo Scenes Founder Madelon de Grave
There will be over 1,500 speakers at NFT.NYC, and we are so thrilled to announce that Bamboo Scenes’ founder Madelon de Grave will be taking the stage in New York as one of the event’s official speakers! Details are still under wraps for now, but be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more details when we can announce them!
"Welcome, Neon" (2020) by Kevin Mak - Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
For anyone who’s going to be at NFT.NYC or will be kicking around in New York around the time of the event, do reach out to us or follow Madelon on Twitter @madelondegrave!
Interested in learning more about the Bamboo Scenes' NFT Art Exhibition, then learn how Bamboo Scenes Takes on the Metaverse with “A Woman’s World".