ARTnews: The Defining Artworks of 2021

#2; In White Male for Sale, Dread Scott met the moment yet again in one of the year’s most resonant works, a send-up of the craze for NFTs (non-fungible tokens), which took the art world by storm in 2021. Scott has repeatedly used his performances and sculptures to address the African American experience in the United States since the ’80s. He returned to these themes in a decidedly different way with this low-tech piece, which sold via Christie’s in October. In a moment when it seems like just about anything can be sold as an NFT, Scott makes a powerful statement about what that actually means, particularly when the buying and selling of NFTs has largely been led by white men. —Maximilíano Durón

December 6, 2021