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A look at the past, present and future of crypto art in the 28 NFT works coming up for sale at Sotheby's
NFT 2021年05月26日 15:06
The world's top auction house, Sotheby's, will host its NFT special "Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale" on June 3

The world's top auction house, Sotheby's, will hold its "Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale "will feature 28 works of NFT art, Among them are CryptoPunks, Autoglyph, Art Blocks, famous artists such as Xcopy, Mad Dog Jones and Pak, each of which went through a fine selection at Sotheby's, Each piece has a rich history and an interesting story behind it.

 

These 28 NFT works are summarized and briefly described below by Routes Blockbeats.

 

CryptoPunk 7523 - Larva Labs



 

In this crypto era, the Alien Cryptopunk is the most eye-catching visual symbol, which not only reflects the concept of anonymity, community and transactability promoted in the blockchain ecosystem, but also reflects the simplicity and elegance of the blockchain ecosystem. This viral visual symbol, created by Larva Labs at 24×24 pixels, has begun to make its way into the mainstream, appearing on big billboards across the United States.

 

Cryptopunk 7523 is one of only nine aliens, and the only one of them to wear a mask. As a matter of fact, the COVID-11 global pandemic has boosted the rapid development of NFT. As offline physical galleries have ceased business, the concepts of NFT and meta-universe have been widely paid attention to by collectors all over the world. The blockade of the physical world and the opening of the digital field have brought them a new cultural experience.

 

Before 2020, few people in the Western world would wear masks, but today's masks have become a symbol of the heavy misfortune of the early 21st century, and Cryptopunk 7523 has thus gained a more important significance representing this era.

 

Quantum - Kevin McCoy



 

In the long history of art, groundbreaking works of art are few and far between. Art works are like block after block, forking art history again and again, giving birth to countless art styles and schools. Some works of art symbolize the end of past chapters and the beginning of new ones, representing the freshest creativity of people. Quantum by Kevin McCoy is one such work. At 21:27:34 on May 2, 2014, or to be more precise, Namecoin block height of 174923, the age of NFT has arrived. Today, every one of us has heard its deafening trumpet call.

 

In July 1907, Picasso's Les Demoiselles created cubism. In December 1917, Malevich's Black Square represented the birth of abstractions. In April 1917, Duchamp put a time stamp on this creative age; Quantum by Kevin McCoy represents a new page in art history.

 

Secret Artwork (Content)-Rhea Myers



 

"Nothing is rarer than something that doesn't actually exist." -- Rhea Myers, Tokenization AND Its Discontents, 2017

 

Rhea Myers is one of the most important and often overlooked artists in the crypto art movement. Rhea Myers was one of the first creators to adopt blockchain technology as a tool for creating art. Her influence is undeniable, but Rhea Myers' pioneering role in digital art has not been fully recognized.

 

The artwork is a contract, an Ethereum smart contract created by Rhea Myers in 2014, that was the art world's first introduction to blockchain, allowing artists to register and sell their work digitally through the Ethereum network. Rhea Myers' social experiments are at the forefront of NFT formal concept experiments.

 

Art Blocks -- Portfolio consisting of 19 pieces



 

NFT is catching on around the world, and there is one platform that is low-key but admired and praised by almost everyone who knows about it. From a creative and conceptual point of view, Art Blocks is perhaps the most exciting NFT platform, expanding the boundaries of creative experimentation in generative Art. They are the communicators of the idea of blockchain, which is not just a technology, it is a medium in itself. Generative art is by far one of the most exciting developments in the field of NFT. It is rooted in art history and carries the technology and potential from the future.

 

Moreover, concept Art has long challenged collectors' understanding of their collections, and the generative format that Art Blocks develops is full of surprises and opportunities to buy not just Art, but a piece of code with all the generative possibilities. When a new artwork is cast, a randomly generated version of the content is created by an algorithm and sent to the collector's Ethereum account. The resulting work may be a still image, a 3D model, or an interactive experience. Collectors do not know what they will receive until the work falls into their wallets.

 

Not yet announced -- PAK



 

The works to be sold at the auction by renowned crypto artist Pak have not yet been announced.

 

Autoglyph # 177 - Larva Labs



 

Autoglyphs occupies a unique place in the history of blockchain art. Primitive, academic, procedural, yet seductive, it hovers between order and chaos. After Cryptopunks, a rarity-driven mass crypto collection, Larva Labs' second project, Autoglyphs, brings its focus back to art history itself, to the question of what works of art can be fully "linked up."

 

While the vast majority of NFTs are hosted on decentralized servers, autoGLPYH #177 is entirely hosted on the Ethereum blockchain, with just 40 lines of code. It is a pioneer in these experiments, marking a breakthrough in blockchain-based artistic purity. This is the minimalist generation art of the NFT era.


  To the Young Artists of Cyberspace -- Robert Alice x Alethea Ai



 

This groundbreaking collaboration between Robert Alice and Alethea AI showcases one of the most advanced technologies in the NFT space, while also introducing the concept of a new token standard, INFT. This piece by Robert Alice and Alethea Ai is the first intelligent, self-learning INFT for sale and public distribution. The audience can communicate with INFT, and the collector can have this experience.

 

As a landmark in the history of art and the history of NFT, this historic INFT raises many thought-provoking questions -- what does the interactive and intelligent relationship between the artwork and its audience mean for the trajectory of art history? How will this change our definition of art? In an age of intelligent art forms, how is ownership defined? As INFT grows and learns, where is the identity? Where is the creativity? Is it an artist or an AI -- perhaps even as a viewer of a decentralized cultural collective?

 

A Single Number That Has 10,000,086 Digits -- Ryo Ikeda



 

This is the first NFT work by digital art giant Ryoji Ikeda. When viewing the work, the viewer is lost in such a huge amount of data that there is a visual puzzle in the work because it contains a unique number, 10000086; Its seemingly random nature means that there is no way to verify its randomness or identify any type of pattern. Ikeda's numbers transcend human comprehension and are only concrete through the artist's description. Undoubtedly, this is the first time in history that these figurative numbers have been presented to us. Ikeda's meditation on the endless existence of undiscovered and unseen numbers, the dynamic combination of mathematics and visual representation appeals to humanity's inherent interest in the concept of infinity. By referring to ideas that are far beyond human comprehension, the artist presents a bizarre number in the form of immortality. The unique and infinite digital possibilities explored in Ikeda's work are a powerful echo of the nature of NFT itself, which is also unique in the crypto world.

 

Backdated NFT/Ethereum Stamp - Simon Denny



 

Simon Denny was one of the first artists to explore blockchain culture and was a pioneer. Although his experiments have spanned many fields, he has always been concerned with the aesthetics, culture and values behind contemporary technologies, as well as the organizations and people who developed them. In the more than a decade since the crypto field was born, Denny has made many iconic and now art-historical contributions to the visualization and examination of blockchains in the context of contemporary art. Since 2016, when he presented one of the first large-scale blockchain-related installations "Blockchain Future Nation" at the 9th Berlin Biennale, he has also curated innovative exhibitions of artists interacting with blockchain, Such as the 2018 "Proof of Work" at Schinkel Pavillon (Berlin). For many young artists working today, these projects and his own work serve as important catalysts, paving the way for the development of entire ecosystems.

 

The Shell Record - Anna Ridler



 

Anna Ridler is an artist and researcher who works on how knowledge systems and technologies are created to better understand the world. She is particularly interested in the ideas surrounding measurement and quantification and their relationship to the natural world. Her work process often involves the collection of information or data, especially data sets, to create new and unusual sentence groups.

 

The Shell Record is a new work created especially for this auction. Ridler is known as one of the pioneering AI artists, and Bloemenveiling first explored the NFT space. Her rigorous attitude towards artificial intelligence and GaN has translated well into the NFT field. The Shell Record shows a series of JPEG images of different shells collected from The Thames's front bank, which form part of a moving image work generated using GaN (Generative Adversation Network).

 

Mitosis, Mario Klingemann



 

Mario Klingemann is an artist and an authority on the use of algorithms and artificial intelligence to create art and research systems. He is particularly interested in human perception of art and creativity, delves into the ways in which machines can enhance or mimic these processes, and is considered a pioneer in the fields of artificial intelligence art, neural networks, and machine learning. Klingemann is one of the more insightful and critical artists in the field of NFT, and he often uses social media to spread his ideas and thinking patterns in this field. Mario Klingemann stands out as an important link between the nascent NFT community and the mature new media and art/technology community.

 

Mitosis is a two-minute video loop made from more than 750,000 AI-generated portraits that Mario Klingemann hopes symbolises "the challenges, hopes and fears we face in an era when AI is more and more a part of our daily lives".

 

The Self - Portrait 2 - LaJune McMillian



 

Lajune McMillian is an artist and educator whose work combines performance, extended reality, and physical computation to question current forms of communication. The work challenges the digital space by examining the limitations of Western technologies, particularly in terms of how they harm, isolate, limit or ignore the needs of black people. This self-portrait series seeks to humanize the individual beyond the data it produces, questioning how the body is translated and interpreted in the digital realm.

 

INFINITE FUTURE - Don Diablo



 

While much of the mainstream media's attention has focused on the concept of NFT by visual artists, NFT has also been groundbreaking in fashion, music, and games. The disruption that NFT has brought to all cultural verticals is just beginning. Don Diablo was one of the early pioneers behind musicians experimenting with NFT.

 

Infinite Future, showcasing a multi-talented artist across multiple creative fields based on blockchain technology. Infinite Future is a mix of digital art and physical art. The digital part of NFT is a mesmerizing, visualized infinite loop that shows a form of energy trapped in an ever-evolving maze, symbolizing the inevitable cycle of life. The NFT is stored in a unique box that can be inserted into a custom, "one-of-a-kind" transparent stereographic cabinet. Once inserted, it will set your NFT in motion, creating a unique piece of art that is sure to grab the attention of anyone who sees it. And that's just the beginning. Infinite Future not only positions NFT as the original token, but connects collectors and artists on a chain and creatively. In this work, Diablo reaffirms his position as one of the most forward-thinking creators in today's space.

 

Self Transcending - Sarah Zucker



 

Sarah Zucker's work combines the gorgeous and the grotesque through humor, psychedelicism, mysticism, and the interplay of cutting-edge and old technology. It is an aesthetic intervention that draws the viewer into her own defined dimensions, evoking familiar forms from the past and using them as a lens through which to look into the future.

 

The Self - Lethabo Huma



 

South African artist Lethabo Huma, best known for his digital portraits, reflects deeply on The role of The Self and introspection in The Self, an eerie and colorful landscape. Through a dizzying array of saturated hues and vibrant pixels, the current work intoxicates the viewer in a seemingly surreal space, encouraging people to think about their own existence and their dealings with the digital realm. Representing growth, the flowers across the female figure's back seem to blend in with her body and with her self. Embodied and accepted the truth and growth, the self is not always obvious in our process of change and development, and the mirrors on Huma's sides allow her to face every Angle of the self.


  Creation of My Metaverse (Between This World and the Next) -- Serwah Attafuah



 

Serwah Attafuah is a digital artist and musician based in Western Sydney, Australia. Her original work was in the form of oil paintings, and now she creates surreal Internet dreams and futuristic self-reflections of Africa. In this work, numbers are contrasted with physical objects. The decrepit moons juxtapose with carved stone towers and columns, reminiscent of the ancient world. The planet lies on the ground, no longer in orbit, while the two figures occupy the centre of the picture in a pose that echoes Michelangelo's Creation of Adam. These lovable cyborg figures are reflections of the artist himself, and by associating them with one of the most recognisable moments in art history, Attafuah intuitively speaks to her experience as an oil painter and digital artist. In this work, however, the artist is God. She sets out the terrain, arranges the places where light and shadow will fall, and, in short, sets all the rules.

 

Shift - Fvckrender



 

Fvckrender's entire work is a diary, which is based on the artist's past experiences and infused with his desire to positively influence the present. For the Vancouver-based artist, the act of creating is a self-healing mechanism where he can deal head-on with his mental health issues. As a result, his practice centered on conversations about personal growth that ultimately gave him the courage to confront his past problems.

 

DRAGON! - OseanWorld



 

Oeanworld is a world full of characters and domains whose purpose is to do something that has some form of interaction with the audience. Whether it's to entertain, transform, teach, excite, or guide -- it has some purpose. The Dragon, Oeanworld's newest character, only exists in this particular world. It is here to lead, guard, and transform the dimension, and to provide new arrivals with an unprecedented visual experience.

 

Oseanworld is one of the leading millennial creatives, localizing on a digital scale. In their art world, the worlds of art, design, fashion, social media and gaming seamlessly intertwine, providing a fresh antidote to the stilted formalism of the mainstream traditional art market.

 

NGMI - XCOPY



 

Since joining in the golden age of Tumblr in 2010, XCOPY has been quietly sharing art on the web, amassing a large following over the years. Tumblr's Settings and file size limitations have influenced his style of writing: short, abstract GIFs.

 

In 2017, the artist discovered the crypto field and connected with other enthusiasts with the help of Twitter. After selling his first work to Artnome's Jason Bailey for £ETH 1, XCOPY attended the 2018 SuperRare launch, becoming only the second artist ever to release artwork on the platform.

 

In early 2020, Xcopy joined the Async Art platform for programmable Art. In March 2021, his Death Dip broke SuperRare's sales record when it was sold for 1000 ETH, making it the fourth most expensive crypto art ever paid for. Encryption has become an "integral part" of his life; He is now recognized as the OG of the field, having participated in and witnessed the great flowering of the crypto art movement.

 

Visor, Mad Dog Jones



 

Visor by Toronto-based artist Mad Dog Jones is a cyberpunk homage that explores the antagonistic relationship between nature and technology. Through the artist's innovative use of technology, he explores the boundaries of digital art both conceptually and visually, taking inspiration from Japanese animation, metropolitan environments, and natural phenomena. His digital creations depict an alternative world in which the viewer experiences a kind of madness -- images that are at once as familiar as they can be, and as unfamiliar and unsettling as they can be. In this work, Mad Dog Jones discusses the light and color of the face inside the motorcycle helmet, illustrating the vivid and charming metropolis aesthetics.

 

Perennial Links -- Ikaro Cavalcante



 

Ikaro Cavalcante's Perennial Links are reconstructs of common Spaces in the artist's emotional memories, evocative and surreal renderings of virtual scenes (such as video games) or physical environments (such as Internet cafes). Cavalcante illustrates those periods in their lives that remain vivid in their memories of childhood and adolescence, representing the personal traumas and developments that led to their contemporary sense of self. Exploring spatial, perceptual, and contact with the physical environment within the digital realm, they create immersive digital installations. In addition, the artist has come up with what they call a "digital healing" concept through their ongoing Blood Connection series. Perennial Links is the second piece in a series. Featuring blood and a fluid environment of chains, thorns, and crystalline elements, Cavalcante elaborates on an archive of trauma and vivid memories amplified by their current life experience.

 

The Pandora Variations, Brendan Dawes



 

Brendan Dawes' The Pandora Variations showcases generative art in The form of original music and choreography, divided into five distinct but interconnected parts: hatred, jealousy, unrest, sickness and hope. A preview of the turmoil and jealousy is on Sotheby's auction page. The remaining three pieces will soon be on display.

 

There's No Distance 2.1 -- Casey Reas



 

Casey Reas is one of the most important new media artists of his generation. He worked with Ben Fry on the development of Processing, an open source programming language for the visual arts, which means that his influence extends not only through his widely acclaimed work, but also through Processing's language and tools. Reas is also an important player in the NFT space. In 2021, he founded Feral File, an online NFT gallery that showcases the work of artists at the forefront of the community. Feral File embodies the voice of a leading new media in a space that desperately needs curation.

 

There's No Distance 2.1 is an evolution of the 2016 Still Life series, which was generated from code sketches over the previous 15 years. In his own words: "This work is the medium of thinking simulation and visual performance history. Beginning each frame of video is Platonic entity (a cube), defined by Numbers and render them into a single image, the image pixel by apart, creating a second order images, according to the color value of each pixel drawing red, green, and blue lines. When the cube in each new framework was slight rotation, The lines will flow and define a new space."

 

Sky Lapis - Sara Ludy



 

Sara Ludy is an American artist and composer who lives in northern New Mexico and is one of the best new media artists of her generation, with a growing presence in the NFT space. She uses her work as a platform to question our relationship with immateriality and consciousness. Her seductive sensual art forms transcend space and time in their dreamy virtuality. These networked nebulae recognize the infinity of our world and explore the co-existence of knowledge and energy. Their aesthetic and art history context complements many of the important themes and contexts surrounding concepts such as the meta-universe, constructing the online discourse of reality and NFT space. Ludy's seemingly unfettered practice encompasses a range of media, such as virtual reality, animation, sound, digital painting, photography, and sculpture. Ludy's visionary aesthetics and groundbreaking approach to designing her digital paintings by exploring the interconnections between our physical and conscious worlds have made her one of the most original artists in the field.

 

Believe Me v1.1 - Addie Wagenknecht



 

Addie Wagenknecht is a deeply conceptualized artist whose work explores the tension between expression and technology. Fusing painting, sculpture and installation with the spirit of hacker culture, Addie Wagenknecht constructs a realm between art objects and life experiences. Here, the dark side of the systems that make up the reality of life emerges, revealing alternative but parallel realities. Addie Wagenknecht's work has been exhibited in many museums and institutions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

Believe Me was originally conceived as a 2017 commission for the Whitney Museum of American Art's Art Harbor. Titled with Trump's most spoken words in 2017, the work includes updated images and codes that zoom in on the artist's re-deconstruction of the American flag. The video is presented as a broken image that is at times abstracted - in the manner of Three Flags (1958) by Jasper Johns, Wagenknecht has spent the past five years studying the flag as a totem of the American dream and the broken utopia associated with it. In her own words: "Like a broken screen, we often look at the world through it and only try to fix it months or years later."

 

Two Degrees - Terra0



 

Terra0 is a Berlin-based art research group that studies how to use decentralized technologies to map the relationship between humans and biological ecosystems. The Berlin-based group has shown a keen interest in the idea of smart contracts as an artistic medium. In Two Degrees, Terra0 will cast an NFT composed of image data generated with the help of a LIDAR scanner running in the forests of southern Germany in the summer of 2019. The resulting point cloud will display a three-dimensional space in its machine-readable depth plane. Ghostly, poignant, the forest seems to be a ghost, and its translucency is a metaphor for its fragile state.

 

Meules After Claude Monet -- Matt Kane



 

Matt Kane's Meules After Claude Monet looks at traditional art history and works at the forefront of NFT space, demonstrating the experimental and innovative character of this new medium, as well as Matt Kane's interest and respect for art history. Monet's contemplative, beloved colors are animated in the digital age. Matt Kane gives viewers both the warmth of this sunset landscape and the digital matrices that make up the layers and vector shapes of his custom software. Through a seemingly infinite array of colors and lines, Matt Kane's work takes part in art history.

 

Twin Flames #49. Alyson & Courtney Aliano, Justin Aversano



 

Justin Aversano is an artist and curator based in Los Angeles and New York. He is a co-founder of Save Art Space, a nonprofit organization that brings community Art into the mass domain.

 

Twin Flames #49. Alyson & Courtney Aliano is a deeply personal and poetic photograph of death, loss and family. In Aversano's words: "Alyson Aliano stood in her home in Los Angeles, looked in the bedroom mirror, Remembling her late Twin sister Courtney, Alyson commemorates the ghostly presence of her long-lost twins with Courtney's death certificate, the last portrait of Twin Flames taken before New Year's Day 2017. Shot with a Mamia C330 TLR medium frame film camera using 120 mm Limra 400 color film."

 

It is reminiscent of the intimate portraits of Nan Goldin and Diane Arbus's equally srenching work of the twins, both of which capture and convey the moment with a realistic humanist pathos. The work is a testament to the healing power of art, and for the artist, it has a more intensely personal overtone.

 

These are the 28 NFT works coming up for sale at Sotheby's, offering a look at the past, present and future of crypto art. As a brand new art form, crypto art has opened a new chapter in the long history of art, and the flourishing development of crypto art now illuminates the bright future at the end of the road.


References and full works:Natively Digital: A Curated NFT Sale



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