A screenshot of Vai Avanti, one of Mr. Rozendaal's web-based works on view at the booth.
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Collectors Who Buy Rafaël Rozendaal’s Net Art Will Have to Pay Digital Rent

What if buying an artwork also meant buying a domain name? In the case of Brazilian-Dutch artist Rafaël Rozendaal, who has a solo booth with Amsterdam’s Upstream Gallery at the Armory Show, that’s what collectors will be getting for their money. For collectors who wish to buy one of Mr. Rozendaal’s web-based pieces, they’ll be buying an artwork that’s already accessible to the public and required by contract to maintain continued public access online once they’ve purchased. For any web-based artist, this is having your cake and eating it too.

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