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How do I discover artists on SuperRare?

With so many great artists out there, it can be hard to know where to start. How do you discover artists on SuperRare? Here's a guide.

SuperRare Labs,
Jun 23, 2023
1 min read

How do I discover artists on SuperRare?

SuperRare Labs,
Jun 23, 2023
1 min read

SuperRare is a leading NFT platform that showcases unique digital artwork by talented artists worldwide. As a user, you can explore limited single-edition digital art pieces, as well as artwork series, exhibitions, and galleries to build your collection. As you start, it’s important to have a clear idea of your goals in order to make the most out of the tools available on SuperRare. 

Tips to start

Trust in your taste and why you love what you love. You don’t have to have a great knowledge of art history or digital art market trends to appreciate art. Experiencing and appreciating art is a very personal experience, visceral even. You can learn to listen to how you feel about a piece of art. Over time, you can develop the language to articulate why you love certain works, which can help you discover more like them. To learn how to do this well, it helps to make time to expand your knowledge of art history and cryptoart trends, at your own pace. 

Do your own research. While we always conduct due diligence on artists before they join SuperRare, no system is perfect. Before collecting from an artist, do some research. If you can, speak to them directly on social media. Gather all the information you need to feel comfortable investing in artists you collect from. 

Great art comes at various price points. You may not have hundreds of ETH to invest in art but that doesn’t mean you can’t collect great art. Investing in art within your budget can be a safe and enjoyable way to get started. Besides, discovering artists at the beginning of their journey in web3 can prove to be rewarding down the line. 

Before you can collect on SuperRare, you first have to create an account and connect it with a digital wallet such as MetaMask, Trust Wallet, or any other wallet compatible with the platform. Your wallet will store the NFTs you purchase (Make sure to follow all the steps to keep your collection safe. Learn more [here](link to “Keeping your collection safe in…”).). Once you are signed up on the platform, there are several ways you can discover art and artists. 

Explore the homepage

The homepage provides a starting point to discover featured artists and artworks. On the landing page, you’ll find a selection of artworks hand-picked by the SuperRare team. The homepage also shows Live Auctions, Trending Artists, Top Collectors, and Featured Releases. You can explore those to follow some of the most important exchanges on the platform. 

Use the search function

You can use the search bar to find art by keywords, themes, mediums, or artists. Using the filters available, you can refine your search results by specifying price range, market standing, creation date, or type of artists. For example, you can decide you only want to collect AI animations from artists who have not sold yet on the platform at a price point below 0.5ETH. If you don’t have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, you can use the search function as an exploratory tool and refine it as you uncover some things you like. 

Follow artists

When you come across an artist you like, click on their profile to explore their portfolio. Follow them on SuperRare, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on their latest creations and activities. The homepage will display updates from those artists in the For You tab, such as new mints, sales, and bids. 

Join the SuperRare community

SuperRare has a thriving community of collectors, artists, and enthusiasts. Join the conversation on social media platforms like Twitter, Discord, or Telegram to share discoveries, discuss art, and learn about upcoming events. You can also join the SuperRare DAO, and follow hashtags like #SuperRare and #NFT on Twitter to stay informed.

Explore exhibitions and lists

There are two ways to find exhibitions on SuperRare. Exhibitions curated by SuperRare or in collaboration with guest curators and galleries can be found on the website under Features in the Discover tab. The Features page is also updated weekly with various lists: 

  • Rare Steals – Artworks to collect under 3 ETH.
  • Top 10 Picks – Selections of 10 artworks that each SuperRare curator puts together weekly.
  • 10 Artworks To Collect This Week – A selection of the best available artworks by emerging and sought-after artists freshly curated every week by SuperRare Labs Senior Curator An.
  • Best Selling Artists – A feature of 10 best-selling artists on SuperRare's primary and secondary markets.

Occasionally, SuperRare hosts physical exhibitions in collaboration with galleries. You can keep up with the program by checking the Galleries pages under the Discover tab. Seeing works in person and connecting with artists in the real world can be a great way to help you consolidate your collection and help you build relationships in the space.  

Explore Spaces

Spaces are independently run storefronts on SuperRare that can curate art and artists, promote sales, run auctions, and collect commissions. New Spaces are proposed to the DAO and voted in by token holders. If approved by the community, a new gallery space is run by its own operating team, which could be a traditional art gallery, a DAO, an artist collective, or any other organization that curates and promotes art. 

As of this writing, there are currently 54 Spaces that have held 53 exhibitions so far which have featured a total of 2835 artworks. You can explore Spaces here, choose your favorite, and follow them to stay in the loop of upcoming exhibitions and features.  

Get a RarePass

RarePass is a truly historic cryptoart collecting opportunity. With a single transaction, pass holders are able to secure a collection from some of the most prolific crypto artists in the world. Each pass holder receives:

  • A monthly airdrop from a rotating roster of legendary crypto artists for 12 months. Each Airdrop artist will produce a series of 250 unique 1/1 artworks that will be airdropped straight to wallets that hold a RarePass each month. 
  • Each month, there are 3 opportunities to win 1 of 3 unique 1/1 artworks, where winners are selected via a provably random on-chain mechanism giving each pass holder an equal chance (1 in 250) to win. Each Special Release artist will produce 3 unique 1/1 artworks which will be randomly distributed to 3 pass holders. 

There are 25 artists participating in the first RarePass offering, Genesis. 12 of these are Airdrop Artists who each create a series of 250 unique 1/1 artworks. Each RarePass holder will be airdropped 1 artwork from each artist's series, which release on a monthly basis. The artists are: Anne Spalter, Carlos Marcial, Coldie, Helena Sarin, Krista Kim, Matt Kane, OSF, Other World, Pindar Van Arman, Robness, Sarah Zucker, XCOPY.

There are also 12 Special Release artists who create 3 unique 1/1 artworks each. These are randomly distributed each month to 3 RarePass holders. The artists are: ALIENQUEEN, Botto, DieWithTheMostLikes, Drift, Hackatao, Killer Acid, MadMaraca, omentejovem, Osinachi, Sam Spratt, Tjo, Yosnier.

The RarePass itself is an original 3D artwork by Alessio De Vecchi. You can purchase it on the secondary market here

Note: The RarePass program launched in November 2022 with the first artist releases being distributed in December 2022. The program consists of monthly releases for 1 year, with the last releases happening in November 2023.

Stay informed

SuperRare hosts a podcast, SuperRare Sessions, with weekly live episodes recorded on Twitter Spaces and later published on Spotify. Episodes explore a variety of topics related to cryptoart and features different artists. You can turn on notifications for the SuperRare Twitter account to listen to episodes live and even participate. You can also subscribe to SuperRare's newsletter to stay updated on platform news, artist features, and cryptoart trends.

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