The Anne and Michael Spalter Digital Art Collection (Spalter Digital), is one of the world’s largest private collections of early computer art, comprising over 1000 works from the second half of the twentieth century. Spalter Digital, which focuses on plotter drawings but includes other 2D media as well as sculpture and 16mm film, is home to major and iconic examples from key artists in the field.
Spalter Digital has loaned work to the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), the Daelim Museum (Seoul), and others.
Anne Spalter is a leading digital artist, creating dystopian landscapes with AI and other technological tools. Her hope is that after seeing her art you will perceive and appreciate contemporary systems of human movement, travel, management, and control in new ways.
Spalter’s surreal art creates a darkly mesmerizing sci-fi experience, mixing media such as digital videos, AI, crypto art, drawing, painting, weaving, and even gigantic inflatables. Spalter’s apocalyptic view of the world is informed by her frequent travels, knowledge of sci-fi novels, movies, and the collective unconscious. When people explore her post-apocalyptic installations, they wander through an intense atmosphere filled with high waves, damaged spaceships, and flaming fires. All these are portrayed with glowing colors and pulsing patterns.
Spalter has been actively working in digital art for decades; she established the first digital fine arts courses at Brown University and RISD during the 90s, and wrote The Computer in the Visual Arts textbook which is used internationally. Together with Michael Spalter she oversees Spalter Digital, one of the largest private collections of early computer art.
This past year she was part of MASS MoCA’s alumni residency; named as one of the 50 most important crypto artists by Rizzoli; participated in the SPRING/BREAK Art Show NYC and the CADAF Art Fair (Nov 11-13); and released RABBIT TAKEOVER, an NFT project that sold out in five minutes. Her 20-minute NFT video piece The Bell Machine was acquired by the Buffalo AKG Museum in December 2022.
Spalter’s works can be found in many private collections and museums such as The Victoria and Albert, The AKG Buffalo Art Museum, The RISD Museum, and The Museum of CryptoArt, the Thoma Collection, and the Progressive Collection. Her NFTs have been sold at auction through Sotheby’s and Phillips and featured in the New York Times. She lectures frequently on digital art practice, theory and the market.
Michael Spalter was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2011 to January 2023.
He was also on the inaugural advisory boards of Harvard University’s Cultural Enterprise imitative, the Nantucket Project and the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Digital Art Acquisition Committee. He also served as a Trustee of the International Council of the Louvre for seven years Co-Chairing its first permanent endowment.
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