|Born||1969 (age 48–49)|
|Known for||Photography, Conceptual Art and Installation art|
Kevin Abosch (born 1969) is an Irish conceptual artist known for his works in photography, sculpture, installation and film. Abosch's work addresses the nature of identity, value and human currency and has been exhibited throughout the world, often in civic spaces, including The Hermitage Museum, The National Gallery of Ireland, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, The Bogotá Museum of Modern Art and Dublin Airport.
Selected works and projects
In 2015, Abosch's photographic work of a potato, "Potato #345" was reportedly sold to an unnamed businessman in Europe for a €1,000,000,. This would make it one of the most expensive photographs in the world. The photo was taken in 2010 and is one of three versions of the print in existence.
I AM A COIN
In January 2018 Abosch created 10,000,000 virtual artworks consisting of crypto-tokens on the Ethereum Blockchain. The artist also had his blood drawn with which he made 100 physical artworks imprinted with a 42 alphanumeric blockchain address corresponding to the creation of his virtual works. The crypto-tokens are called IAMA Coins and are referenced by the symbol "IAMA" on the blockchain.
On February 14, 2018 Abosch's virtual artwork "Forever Rose", consisting of a single ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain, sold to a group of ten art collectors for a record-breaking USD$1 million.
The artwork is composed of 42 inline alphanumerics in yellow neon representing the blockchain contract address for a crypto token called YLAMBO, which Abosch also created. Abosch named the artwork after the hashtag #lambo, which cryptocurrency enthusiasts often use in online forums. On April 26th at the "If so, What?" art fair in San Francisco, California Abosch's sculpture entitled "Yellow Lambo" was sold to former Skype COO Michael Jackson for US$400,000, more than the base price of a 2018 Lamborghini Aventador motor car.
A collaboration between Abosch and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei primarily made up of two standard ERC-20 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain, called PRICELESS (PRCLS is its symbol). One of these tokens is forever unavailable to anyone, but the other is meant for distribution and is divisible up to 18 decimal places, meaning it can be given away one quintillionth at a time. A nominal amount of the distributable token was “burned” (put into digital wallets with the keys thrown away), and these wallet addresses were printed on paper and sold to art buyers in a series of 12 physical works. Each wallet address alphanumeric is a proxy for a shared moment between Abosch and Ai.
National Gallery of Ireland
In December 2013 the National Gallery of Ireland acquired three photographic portraits by Abosch for inclusion in the permanent National Portrait Collection. The portraits are of Bob Geldof, Olwen Fouéré and Brian O'Driscoll.
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- Mr Potato Head’s €1m spud photo
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- CNN article - Crypto-artwork of a rose sells for $1 million
- "When Crypto Meets Conceptual Art, Things Get Weird". Retrieved 2018-09-14.
- Business Insider - The artist who once sold a photo of a potato for $1 million just sold a cryptocurrency-inspired artwork called 'YELLOW LAMBO' for more than the price of an actual Lamborghini
- "Artists Ai Weiwei and Kevin Abosch Are Using the Blockchain to Make Us Question What's 'PRICELESS'". Motherboard. 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
- "PRICELESS by Kevin Abosch & Ai Weiwei". PRICELESS by Kevin Abosch & Ai Weiwei. Retrieved 2018-09-14.
- "Ai Weiwei macht nun Kunst auf der Blockchain". WIRED (in German). Retrieved 2018-09-14.
- National Gallery of Ireland Press release Archived 2013-12-16 at the Wayback Machine.