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While NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, remained fairly niche for several years now, they've grown in prominence over the past year or so, as tokens representing unique works of art, collectibles, and virtual game items have become more popular.

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 19:40:00 +0000

The world of Web3 is about to get even wilder. “The Gateway” is coming back to Miami in 2022. And this year, it’s going to be even bigger and better.

Earlier today, nft now and Mana Common revealed initial details for “The Gateway: A Web3 Metropolis.” It’s a five-day event powered by MoonPay that will run through Art Basel Miami 2022. Encompassing two city blocks and 12 curated buildings in Downtown Miami, the expanded event will take place from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3 and feature leading artists, community partners, speakers, and performers.

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“The Gateway: A Web3 Metropolis” is set to build upon the success of 2021’s inaugural edition. Last year, nft now and Christie’s transformed a Miami bank building into a 23,000-square-foot audiovisual gallery exhibiting a curated collection of digital and physical pieces from top artists in the NFT space and contemporary art world. The Gateway’s VIP opening event featured performances by 3LAU, Zack Bia, and Andre Power and drew notable attendees including Jared Leto, Timbaland, Nile Rodgers, Beeple, Fewocious, Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin, and more.

In partnership with Christie’s and OpenSea, nft now also became the first digital media publication ever to curate a major auction house sale, which closed at $3.6 million.

The Gateway by @nftnow x @christiesinc was a celebration of a new era of innovation that offered a glimpse into the future where NFTs and traditional art coexist in creative harmony. We couldn’t be more grateful to our community and everyone who made it possible 🙏

— nft now (@nftnow) December 14, 2021

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Category: The Gateway
Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:37:30 +0000

Traversing the world of non-fungibles is a daunting task. With so many new NFT projects, artists, and large-scale collections cropping up weekly, it’s become nearly impossible to keep up with every subsequent development.

In the past, a simple browse of OpenSea was enough to find the latest NFT craze. But things have changed drastically since the 2021 NFT boom. Now, NFT enthusiasts have to be acutely mindful of what and where they collect.

To aid in the unearthing of awe-inspiring NFT endeavors both new and old, nft now presents Undervalued: a weekly column highlighting innovative projects, collections, and artists pushing the NFT space forward.

Parallel Alpha
Parallel Alpha Earth Logo

Parallel Alpha, launched on March 25, 2021, is an NFT trading card game centered on the story of a global disaster referred to as “The Event.” In the aftermath of a scientific experiment executed in hopes of solving future Earth’s dwindling energy supplies, humanity abandoned the planet, progressing separately in five Parallel streams of evolution.

The sci-fi project encompasses collecting a set of cards to compose a playable deck associated with one of the five Parallels: Earthen, Marcolian, Augencore, Kathari, and Shroud. As one of the first NFT-powered trading card games to gain traction on the Ethereum blockchain, Parallel has continued to provide a unique use case for blockchain-powered gaming.

Atari X Genesis

Today is the day! @atarix is launching the #50yearsofAtari NFT collection with art by world renowned artist @billythebutcher
Allowlist minting from 1:00 – 4:00 pm ET
Public mint at 4:15pm ET

— Atari (@atari) September 20, 2022

Launched on September 20, 2022, 50 Years of Atari is the first NFT project from Atari X, the legacy video game brand’s Web3 imprint. The collection features 2,600 unique fine art NFTs created by artist Butcher Billy in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Atari.

The Atari X Genesis collection is more than simple memorabilia. Although it encompasses 15 original Atari IP, 35 logos, 16 stickers, and more, the project as a whole is centered around a multi-faceted gaming ecosystem created in partnership with numerous prominent Web3 brands. Learn more about the collection and Atari easter eggs via the Atari X website here.

chimpers NFTs

Chimpers, launched on May 20, 2022, is a popular PFP NFT collection created by prominent collectors and pixel artist Timpers. The idea behind the project began in July 2021, and has since developed into a Web3 adventure story filled with art, lore, and metaverse/community initiatives.

Although Chimpers was originally heralded as a unique mix between pixel-art leaning PFPs, like CryptoPunks and primate-themed collections like BAYC, the project has since grown into a vast ecosystem of animation, gaming, literature, and more. The endeavor is a testament to the slow burn/growth of a multi-pronged collection from an independent creator.

RTFKT x Jeff Staple

Sample reviews are different in the metaverse… @rtfktstudios x @staplepigeon make history today. (And you don’t even have to camp out.) 🐦🦿

— jeffstaple (@jeffstaple) May 6, 2021

RTFKT x Jeff Staple, launched on May 6, 2021, is a collaborative metaverse wearables project created by digital fashion brand RTFKT and revered streetwear designer Jeff Staple. Affectionately known in the NFT space as Metapigeons, the collection launched as one of the first collaborations to come from the erstwhile up-and-coming Web3 brand.

Although the Metapigeons hype has seemingly run its course, when the collection first launched, it was viewed as one of the most innovative endeavors in the digital wearables market. A gift that kept on giving, the collaborative project would go on to tie in with the greater RTFKT and CloneX ecosystem, acting as a badge of honor for those who were fans of RTFKT early on.

CrypToadz NFTs by Gremplin

CrypToadz, launched on September 8, 2021, is the first large-scale PFP project from prominent anonymous artist Gremplin. Having grown from the melding of social commentary and meme culture, the collection has stood the test of time, retaining its significance even after a year of existence.

Early on, CrypToadz gained notoriety in the NFT space for its humorous nature and rag-tag origins. As the project (and Gremplin himself) has grown and developed alongside the NFT market, Toadz has remained a compelling example of an independent artist creating something out of nothing, in addition to a reminder of the volatile and random nature of the NFT ecosystem.

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Category: Undervalued
Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:12:45 +0000

If you’ve paid even the slightest bit of attention to the blockchain gaming space, you’re already familiar with a three-letter word that’s come to define this growing gaming sector in the past years: play-to-earn. The world first heard about play-to-earn (P2E) games thanks to Axie Infinity, the massive blockchain gaming juggernaut that aimed to reward players with real money in return for their time and effort.

But it’s been a long five years since Axie first showed up on the radars of the terminally online. Today, the game is still reeling from a massive $615 million dollar hack, and the recent crypto downturn compounded by reports of the near-exploitation of some of its players has led to a steadily declining player base.

Despite these setbacks, blockchain game developers believe the space remains open for a new industry titan to emerge. And it won’t offer players games with explicit play-to-earn messaging. Echoing the sentiments of Brazillian game developer Mark Venturelli, there is a growing belief in the blockchain gaming sector that, indeed, play-to-earn mechanics have no place in gaming.

So what will take its place? Play-to-own gaming. Instead of offering players financial rewards as incentives to play, there is the belief that providing players real ownership of their in-game rewards, items, and characters is the way forward.

When blockchain integration goes wrong

On the ground, the play-to-earn model has left many gamers worldwide left holding the bag. When games shut down, and their community support dwindles over time, players who’ve poured in hundreds of hours onto these games are left with nothing but wasted time and worthless collectibles. Case in point, when F1 Delta Time — one of the oldest existing NFT games on the market — unceremoniously shut down in April 2022 due to licensing issues, owners of its licensed NFT cars suddenly found their utility vanish. At least you could play with Hot Wheels. With no game surrounding them, these NFT cars became useless.

However, looking at F1 Delta Time from an optimistic perspective, it’s hard to place all of the blame on the developers. Licenses are a tricky business, even more in games that hope to function as ongoing live-service platforms years after release. Sadly, you can do much worse than building an entire platform and in-game economy on a licensed product in terms of stability. The founders of NFT Worlds did so on Minecraft using an (admittedly sophisticated) mods system. Now they have to do what their more successful contemporary Decentraland did — actually build a game.

Thankfully, things move fast in Web3 — and it looks like blockchain game developers are ready to try new things. Although the NFT space as a whole remains rightly skeptical of Pixelmon’s tentative second attempt at life following the massive backlash faced following its first mint, the controversial project’s new leadership has shown some understanding of the broader blockchain gaming space. For example, this second time around, Pixelmon’s new leadership appears keenly aware of the increasingly negative optics associated with play-to-earn gaming. Instead, it has shifted toward something many developers in the space fully believe in: play-to-own.

Blockchain developers shift away from P2E

But what does ownership have to do with gaming? According to WAX’s Chief Gaming Officer Michael Rubinelli, it’s everything. WAX has established itself as a veritable hub for Web3 gaming, becoming a thought leader in the space. In an interview with nft now, Rubinelli was deeply critical of the play-to-earn game model, calling it a “failed miserable experiment.” Like Venturelli, Rubinelli believes that introducing the possibility of earning real-world money into a game inevitably leads to that becoming a player’s main focus while playing the game. Instead of, you know, having fun.

“When you have ‘earn’ in the title of a movement, that is its singular focus,” he said. “Like anybody, the only thing I’m going to care about is the ‘earn’ piece of it right? And in that regard, you’re going to attract people that only care about profit or revenue. It’s really detrimental to the [blockchain gaming] movement. It’s super hurtful. It’s terrible, it’s cancerous, it’s toxic. And no surprise, it’s doomed to fail, and everything that models itself after it is gonna fail as well.”

But from where does the spite toward play-to-earn gaming come? To start, it’s what bad actors can do when they get rolling in a play-to-earn game. “Every project craters. There are rug pulls. There are terrible things that happen because they’re built by people that are harsh and mostly focused on a profit for themselves, and maybe a little bit for the players. [The players that do profit do so] in an unsustainable [and] unhealthy way, and it creates all this scar tissue and all this blowback and it’ll never ever work,” he said.

The worst offenders, Rubinelli claims, are developers who don’t even bother trying to make their games fun, instead focusing their marketing on the integration of blockchain technology, even in the title. “You have to start with the game. It has to be fun to play. If the game isn’t fun, what’s the point? Like ‘I hate this but I do it anyway.’ Well, that sounds like a job to me. It doesn’t sound like a video game. Sounds like a video chore,” he said.

A model that works

According to Rubinelli, ownership has been a concept familiar to gamers for generations. The mainstream gaming industry just hasn’t caught up yet. Somehow. Speaking on WAX’s latest title Blockchain Brawlers, Rubinelli highlighted the pedigree of one of its key developers and the impact his past work has had on pop culture at large.

“Dude, it’s a game designed by [Magic: the Gathering creator] Richard Garfield. In [Magic], 22 billion cards have been traded since 1995 from player to player. Let’s start with that premise,” he said. Instead of blatantly modeling this upcoming title to entice players with promises of financial gain, WAX has instead set up a system that’s been proven for decades to work. “When you win stuff and when you lose stuff, it’s your own stuff that you want lost. So when you lose it, you can win it back,” he said.

Other developers in the space have bigger ideas for what play-to-own can entail. Don Norbury, Head of Studio for upcoming Web3 first-person shooter (FPS) title Shrapnel, believes blockchain technology can enable gamers to unlock more profound levels of storytelling in-game. Placing players in a damaged near-future where an asteroid collision causes the titular shrapnel to rain down on the earth, players must compete against each other in a bid to collect scarce resources.

“We believe that having strong world building — having your own theme and aesthetic that people can relate to and then, in turn, start to build their own story within it is important,” Norbury said in an interview with nft now. “We’re not making a sandbox-style game where you can make everything under the sun. You are going to be making things that are in the Shrapnel universe. […] Our goal and our vision, when we look longer term. is the community effectively takes over [the game.]”

Specifically, Norbury hopes this upcoming title will offer players that level of expression via the creation of in-game maps. Like the highly-popular Forge mode found in the Halo series, Norbury hopes that players will make full use of the tools Shrapnel will provide. “There’s a tipping point where most of the maps that are being played [will be] user-created. We think that’ll actually happen very quickly. [Eventually,] our seasonal updates and sample content [will] just be a blip on the radar. That’s how we know we’ve succeeded in doing our job,” he said.

A million-dollar idea

But what happens when an in-game map in Shrapnel goes viral? What if one of its players happens to create the next industry-defining game genre? They’ll own it — and will have fewer barriers to cross to bring it into the mainstream. Both Norbury and Rubinelli have shown a keen understanding of this possibility, since some of the most-played games in the world started out as mods of popular games.

Counter-Strike — initially a Half-Life mod — birthed a new breed of fast-twitch ultra-competitive FPS titles. PUBG — which started as an ARMA 2 mod — was the first big battle-royale shooter. However, one game might exceed all others in approaching Norbury’s vision for Shrapnel: DOTA 2.

Currently one of the most highly-played games on Steam, DOTA 2 began as a mod of Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne. It reimagined real-time-strategy gameplay, integrated it with role-playing-game stat-based mechanics, and was designed as a purely competitive endeavor. But what made it so revolutionary — and in line with Shrapnel’s goals as a title — was how it did all of that while providing millions of gamers a way to engage deeper with Warcraft characters and lore.

Through the paradigm of play-to-own gaming, ideas can finally retake center stage, ahead of the promise of in-game rewards. “For us, a true healthy self-sustaining, economy requires deeper community input and value. And a lot of that for us is the content [players make] that bubbles up to the top. It is also a super valuable piece of input from the community. So when we say production input, we don’t just mean people who are creating maps as an example. We mean actual valuable things that are being done by the community in the Shrapnel universe,” Norbury said.

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Category: web3
Sun, 02 Oct 2022 10:00:02 +0000 Brings Fractional Property Ownership to the Blockchain

In recent years, the perfectly reasonable dream of property ownership has become something of an insurmountable goal. With those looking to make a mark seeing purse strings tightened by pandemic, economies decimated by poor political decisions, and prices soar due to the devious machinations of wealthy investment firms. As a result, leaving a disenfranchised subset of young professionals frozen out of home ownership, and doomed to roam the rental wilderness forever.

Now however, state of the art technology has entered the real-estate game, with an aim to unite this mighty army of lost souls into one formidable force of property investment. Thereby, lighting a bonfire beneath the very foundations of the traditional real-estate industry and ushering in a new era of intrinsically transparent and trustless property investment.

Through its forward-thinking infrastructure, aims to turn the tide of real-estate disillusionment, grasping it firmly by the haunches and dragging it kicking and screaming into the blockchain powered future. Brings Fractional Property Ownership to the Blockchain

A New Opportunity Awaits the Average Investor

Through its revolutionary new platform, Bonfire will leverage blockchain tech in order to fractionalize individual properties into bite sized NFT tokens. Then, trade them on an in-house digital marketplace, providing investors with a low-cost entry point to the property market. After which, they will receive a proportionate share of income generated by that investment.

In order to provide the best possible service, Bonfire will fully validate and prepare each property in its portfolio. Therefore, insuring it remains free from fraud, passes a building inspection and currently has tenants in place. Furthermore, once it has sold all tokens relating to an individual property, Bonfire will also form a DAO for that investment, then enable holders to vote on its management decisions.

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The Revolution Begins this October

The innovative platform will kick off its amazing new initiative this October by trading fractionalized ownership in a single-family rental asset worth $310,000. Essentially, representing its beta launch and providing a first taste of its powerful new ecosystem.

As it matures, Bonfire aims to expand deeper into the real estate market. Therefore, eyeballing opportunities outside the home rental model such as businesses and services. While additionally, fully auditing its smart contract, adding further assets, and launching its own in-house utility token. All partnered with a fully operational, and entirely liquid, NFT marketplace

So, as individuals struggle to gain a foothold in the industry, the time has come to unite the masses. Therefore, to utter the often-spoken mantra of the blockchain native generation, “Apes Together, Strong”.

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Category: Bonfire
Fri, 30 Sep 2022 21:57:36 +0000
Banksy NFTs on Makersplace

Even those who are not overly familiar with art might recognise the name Banksy, along with his signature style of street art. But after conquering the material world, Banksy is set to take on the metaverse with a new NFT series to debut on MakersPlace. 

This NFT series has been commissioned by Austin Wilde, who received the rights to the works from Banksy himself. 

Banksy in the Metaverse

This new collection will see Banksy’s work appear on original album covers, posters, and 12″ record sleeves. A new original image was created by Banksy for this collection, which is of an artillery sporting a pair of Adidas sneakers.

The rest will be previous Banksy pieces that have been repurposed for the collection, which drops on October 4, 2022

More Banksy for your buck.

“The BADMEANiNGOOD Crew – with original artwork by Banksy” by Austin Wilde drops October 4.

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— MakersPlace (@makersplace) September 29, 2022

“I’m honored to introduce these unique vinyl, CD and poster artworks to a whole new audience and bring them to life through the digital world. MakersPlace has been such an incredible partner and really understands how to help translate our passions for art and entertainment,” Wilde said about the new collection. 

The pieces will have a reserve of between 1 ETH to 2 ETH and 10% of the proceeds will go to #MOASMissionUkraine, an organization that supports those affected by the ongoing conflict.

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Category: Makersplace
Sun, 02 Oct 2022 11:29:23 +0000
CryptoArt Sundays Interview with Evgeni Silman

Welcome to CryptoArt Sundays! This week we catch up with the incredibly talented NFT artist Evgeni Silman. I found Evgeni’s art while doing one of my favorite things – scrolling through MakersPlace on the hunt for cool artists!

Evgeni is a a software developer with a passion for visual art, especially modern art, which is seen in his works of expressionism and surrealism. He’s had quite an interesting journey in the NFT space since he started his art journey in 2020.

So, let’s dive in and find out about his views on the future of CryptoArt and more!

How did you find out about the NFT space, and what attracted you to create your own NFTs?

As a software developer who has spent his entire life in high-tech companies, I have been familiar with NFTs since their inception. In 2020, at the beginning of the Covid pandemic, I started studying painting with my friend, art teacher Vika Hasidovsky. Soon after, I moved on to digital painting. I think it’s quite natural that a digital artist at some point tries to create an NFT and thus find an analogy to the uniqueness of traditional artwork.

the stopped time

How often do you create?

Every day. At least a few quick sketches.

the blue evening

What is your creative process?

I usually do 10-20 sketches a day. Almost all of them on the iPad in ProCreate. Some of them are sketches from nature or from memory. Some are compositional abstractions and automatic drawings. Occasionally illustrations of an idea or action. So I always have a large amount of raw material to choose from for the paintings I make in Rebelle.

one who grows

Are there any CryptoArtists you would love to collaborate with?

There are many CryptoArtists whose work I like. For example, Marcel Caram, and Yaroslav Shkriblyak. Some of them are also well known for their work with traditional media, like Michael Hafftka.

But I am not sure about collaboration. In my opinion, creativity is an intimate process. Is it possible to share it with someone? In any case, it is impossible to understand it through the works. I sincerely love Caravaggio’s paintings, but I would hardly be able to collaborate with him :).

green door

What do you think the future of CryptoArt will look like?

I believe in the near future we will see how CryptoArt becomes commensurate in the mass consciousness with traditional art and takes its appropriate place in the museum space. As for the more distant future, only one thing can be said: it will not be the way we expect.


What are you currently working on?

It’s a somewhat odd project that I’m slowly working on while the sketches pile up. Imagine illustrations for traditional Biblical stories, but in a world left without divine mercy. God is gone. The tired angel is sleeping, and there is no one to take away the hand of Abraham, who froze in horror over his son.

A chick

Where can collectors find your work?

On MakersPlaceInstagram, and on my website.

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Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:24:28 +0000

The foundation that represents Former MoMA Chairman William S. Paley- Major works by Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir To Be Offered By The William S. Paley Foundation With Proceeds Benefiting Key Charitable Organizations, Including  A New Endowment for The Museum of Modern Art Focused on Advances in Media and Technology, as well as Acquisitions 

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Portrait of Henrietta Moraes, 1963  

The name William S. Paley (1901-1990) will be forever intertwined with that of two of the great institutions  born in the 20th century: Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc (CBS), which he transformed from a small  radio network in the 1920s to a giant of American broadcasting, and MoMA – the first museum dedicated  to Modern Art (founded in 1929) which he championed for half a century. In these dual roles, he was at  the forefront of shaping American culture and taste – firstly behind the lens of CBS at a time when television  emerged as the greatest new instrument of influence on the nation, and later at The Museum of Modern  Art, Paley was the looking glass through which America saw itself at every momentous turn. 

At the time Paley began collecting, an appreciation for modern art was a relatively rare, radical and forward thinking thing. In the 1930s, few collectors had the courage and vision to collect the canvases of artists such  as Picasso, Renoir and Matisse. Just as Paley had done on the frontier of broadcasting -when he had written  the rules and broken the rules – the painters in his collection pioneered new modes of expression. Paley’s  intuitive appreciation for early 20th-century works quickly established him as one of the foremost collectors  of Modern Art in America, his instinctive and discerning eye informing the creation of a uniquely  distinguished collection. At the same time, he also was an active force in advising and inspiring MoMA’s  collection-building over five decades and donating to the museum a number of the greatest works in its

William S. Paley, President of Columbia Broadcasting System, at his  desk delivering his annual national report, 1938. Image courtesy of  Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center

collection, including Picasso’s Boy Leading a Horse (1905-06) and The Architect’s Table (1912),  Cézanne’s L’Estaque (1882-83), and Redon’s Vase of  Flowers (c. 1912-14).  

This fall, some 29 works acquired by William S. Paley  over the course of his 40-year collecting career will  come to auction for the first time in at least half a  century. Consigned by the William S. Paley  Foundation, their sale will support a number of  charitable organizations close to William S. Paley’s  heart, including The Paley Museum, the Greenpark  Foundation (which owns and operates Paley Park)  and, not least, a new endowment at The Museum of  Modern Art, established by the Paley Foundation to  support MoMA’s ambitious goals in digital media and  technology and to provide for new acquisitions.  

First in the sequence of offerings is an extraordinary work by Francis Bacon, arguably the finest of the  artist’s small-format triptychs, set to lead the Frieze Week auctions in London this October. The work will  be on public view in New York from 24 – 28 September, and in London from 8 – 13 October. This will be  followed in November with a further offering across Sotheby’s Marquee sales in New York, encompassing  some of the most radical breakthroughs in modern painting, from synthetic cubism to color field painting  and crowned by one of the most important Cubist works by Picasso to appear on the market. Highlights  from the collection will be exhibited in Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles and New York this fall.  

“I remember how my father loved the great artworks he collected, and which were an important part of  my own experience growing up. It’s deeply satisfying that the Foundation is able to use this group of works  from his collection to further support MoMA, to which he was so dedicated.” – William C. Paley, Vice President of the William S. Paley Foundation

“It is a testament to the visionary philanthropy of William S. Paley that the bequest he made through his  Foundation anticipated that, over time, the needs of the Museum would evolve in ways that could not  have been foreseen or even imagined thirty years ago. We are deeply grateful to the Foundation for its  support of the Museum and its commitment to Mr. Paley’s vision.” –Glenn D. Lowry, the David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art  

“I know how deeply my friend Bill Paley cared about The Museum of Modern Art and with what devotion  he dedicated himself to its advancement. With this initiative, the Foundation will honor his intention and  continue his vision for MoMA.” – Henry Kissinger, Chairman of the William S. Paley Foundation  

While many collectors shape their collections around that of the great museums, William S. Paley forged  his own path, assisting MoMA in assembling its great collection and thereby influencing the appreciation  of modern art across America. It is an absolute privilege to be working with them and with the Paley  Foundation to help realize their fittingly ambitious goals. William S. Paley’s visionary collecting and  unflagging ambition helped make MoMA what it is today – a catalyst for experimentation, learning, and  creativity, a gathering place for all, and a home for artists and their ideas. We are thrilled to be associated  with this exciting next step in its evolution.” – Brooke Lampley, Chairman and Worldwide Head of Sales, Fine Art Division, Sotheby’s  

“The collection of William S. Paley is among the greatest historic American collections: in his collecting,  and in his contributions to MoMA, Paley helped to redefine the face of Modern Art. That a single collector  could have the daring to acquire the very best examples of such profoundly radical artists from Picasso to  

Bacon speaks to Paley’s visionary taste and relentless pursuit of the avant-garde. Paley’s acquisitions in  the 1960s capture the groundbreaking artistic spirit of the post-war era – from Francis Bacon’s astonishing  “Three Studies for Portrait of Henrietta Moraes”, which marks one of the greatest triumphs of the artist’s  career, to canonical examples of post-war American color field painting by Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland,  and Josef Albers.” –David Galperin, Sotheby’s Head of Contemporary Art, Americas  

“Art’s unique power to communicate underpinned William S. Paley’s passion for collecting. He created an  extraordinary private world, with works intimate in both format and character, scaled for personal  enjoyment and contemplation. These consummate examples by pioneers of Modernism, from Renoir to  Bonnard to Picasso, reflect the bold innovative thinking that always characterized Paley’s  ambitions. Acquired between the 1930s and 1960s, his treasures are now to be offered on the market for  the first time in over half a century.” –Simon Shaw, Vice Chairman, Global Fine Arts, Sotheby’s  

About William S. Paley and the William S. Paley Foundation 


William S. Paley, founder of CBS, established the William S. Paley Foundation in 1936, the year before he  joined the Board of Trustees of the still-young Museum of Modern Art at the invitation of Nelson  Rockefeller. Organized as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of New York, the  Foundation makes charitable contributions to non-profit organizations from funds received from Mr. Paley,  his estate, and earnings on the Foundation’s investments. Principal beneficiaries of the Foundation’s  contributions are The Museum of Modern Art, the Paley Museum (which Mr. Paley founded in 1975 as the  Museum of Broadcasting), and Paley Park on East 53rd Street, which Mr. Paley established in 1967 for the  public to enjoy as a memorial to his father, Samuel Paley. 

  Sale Calendar  

Modern & Contemporary Evening Auction, London, 14 October 2022 (1 work) 

Modern Evening Auction, New York, 14 November 2022 (7 works) 

Modern Day Auction, New York, 15 November 2022 (13 works) 

Contemporary Evening Auction, New York, 16 November 2022 (3 works) 

Contemporary Day Auction, New York 17 November 2022 (4 works) 

Prints, New York April, 2023 (1 work) 

About Sotheby’s 

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Category: MOMA
Tue, 27 Sep 2022 20:10:22 +0000

Featuring Loie Hollowell, Tara Donovan, teamLab, Random International, and Sui Jianguo

Pace Verso, the web3 hub of Pace Gallery, is pleased to announce details of its third season of NFT programming, featuring the first-ever NFTs from Loie HollowellTara DonovanteamLab, Random International, and Sui Jianguo. The program will launch October 10.

Fall 2022 projects from Pace Verso will feature: teamLab, whose interactive Matter is Void project explores ideas of ownership; Random International, the collective behind the immersive, widely exhibited installation Rain Room (2012); the celebrated sculptor Sui Jianguo; and Tara Donovan and Loie Hollowell, whose projects are realized as part of Pace Verso’s multifaceted partnership—encompassing NFT releases, exhibitions, and other in-person and digital programming—with the generative art platform Art Blocks.

The forthcoming season will also include in-person presentations of NFTs at international art fairs and Pace’s global galleries in addition to AMA discussions with artists and project partners on Pace Verso’s dedicated Discord server, which has cultivated a robust following through direct engagement with web3 communities. The start of the fall program will coincide with the launch of Pace Verso’s new, Ethereum-backed sales platform built by Mojito.

Launched in November 2021, Pace Verso reflects the gallery’s commitment to supporting the advanced studio practices of artists within and beyond its roster. With Pace Verso, the gallery continues its long history of innovation and support of artists who have cultivated advanced studio practices engaged with boundary-pushing technologies as well as artists who have worked in traditional mediums and are expanding their practices using new digital tools. Pace Verso’s latest projects build on the success of its first year, which saw the release of cutting-edge NFT projects by Jeff KoonsGlenn KainoLucas SamarasZhang HuanJohn GerrardDRIFT, and other artists. Continued programming around Koons’s ambitious Moon Phases NFT project, through which the artist will send a group of sculptures to the Moon on an Intuitive Machines lunar lander, will also figure prominently in Pace Verso’s forthcoming season.

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Category: Pace Versa
Wed, 21 Sep 2022 16:56:38 +0000
Vivienne Tam Incorporates BAYC NFTs Into Her NYFW Show

Fashion designer Vivienne Tam made waves at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) after she incorporated BAYC NFTs into her designs. According to the esteemed designer, “NFT, cryptocurrency, DAO,’ it’s like jazz music; either you get it, or you don’t.” This statement set the tone for her NFT-inspired collection.

snaps from the vivienne tam fashion show at nyfwVivienne Tam’s work is inspired by blue chip NFT projects like BAYC NFTs. About Vivienne Tam’s NFT-inspired NYFW collection

Tam’s work bridges the gap between the virtual world and IRL. The designs incorporate PFPs and avatars of blue chip collections – such as BAYC NFTs, CryptoPunks, Awkward Astronauts, and CyberKongz. These NFTs are incorporated as prints and embroidery. As a result, streetwear casuals and unisex designs capture the zeitgeist of Web3 and Gen Z.

In an interview with Jing Daily, Vivienne Tam said:

“My SS23 collection is looking at the metaverse — past, present, and future. We need imagination and creativity, we need both the physical and the virtual to complete ourselves. We need better balance in the world. I hope my customers can appreciate that.”

“The metaverse also needs a physical component and the older generations need the younger ones to help show us new things and new opportunities. We can share both ways. The past, present, and future can learn from each other. I see the Vivienne Tam brand as being the bridge between the two worlds: old world, new world; physical world, virtual world,” she added.

Brands in Web3

Over the past two years, fashion brands have been flocking to Web3. Therefore, small brands and decades-old fashion houses alike have been releasing NFT collections, integrating with metaverses, and interacting with the Web3 community. Therefore, it’s safe to say that fashion is embracing Web3. As Vivienne Tam puts it, “if you want to be successful you must build the bridge to the future.”

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Category: PFP project
Thu, 15 Sep 2022 13:42:37 +0000
The Merge Is Finalized: Here’s The Best of Twitter’s Reactions

The day has finally come –  the long-awaited Ethereum merge has just been completed. This means the Ethereum blockchain, which serves as the key pillar for most NFT projects and over 71 million wallets, will transition from Proof-of-Work (PoW) system to a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) system. Here’s how Twitter reacted.

an artistic representation of ethereum and the mergeTwitter is on fire as the merge trends all over the world. Twitter reacts to the long-awaited merge

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin was the first to announce the finalisation of the Ethereum merge on Twitter. Marking this pivotal moment for Ethereum, he tweeted: “And we finalized! Happy merge all. This is a big moment for the Ethereum ecosystem. Everyone who helped make the merge happen should feel very proud today,”.

In response to the Merge,@dub1d replied: “Never seen Vitalik look so excited, no surprise 🐼 well done all eth devs 🥳

“Excited about The Merge! One of the coolest examples of sustained, ambitious, technically difficult open source development. Congratulations and good luck to @VitalikButerin and to the Ethereum community,” tweeted Stripe CEO @patrickc.

Others took the opportunity to discuss what the merge means, with @DaitoYoshi pointing out: “No one is talking about how The Merge will reduce the need for Solana by 99.5%.”

@jchervinsky also tweeted: “You don’t have to be an Etherean to be excited for the Merge. It’s an amazing achievement in the history of open-source software & one that will lay bare the hollowness of Web3 skeptics who used environmental concern trolling to disguise their hatred for crypto & now must pivot.”

The NFT influencer also points out that the merge will reduce Ethereum’s carbon emissions by more than 99 percent. Seeing that it is the most popular blockchain for NFTs, the merge will greatly impact the popularity of lesser known, eco-friendly blockchains like Solana.

Not surprisingly, the Ethereum merge hype also led some enthusiasts to make rash decisions. “Someone just paid 36 ETH in gas to mint this. The first minted NFT on proof of stake,” tweeted @CirrusNFT, alongside a photo of the minted NFT.

Why is the move to Proof of Stake so important?

The Ethereum merge is an essential step forward, as it eliminated the need for mining new blocks. This is because the network is now secured using validators and staked ETH.

According to Digiconomist’s Alex de Vries, Ethereum mining was equivalent to the carbon footprint of Switzerland. When talking about the merge, he said it translates to the electricity consumption of a country like Portugal vanishing overnight.

Undoubtedly, this has a massive impact on the environment. As a result, this will also change the discourse on NFTs and the environment. While Ethereum still faces challenges in terms of scaling, accommodating large volumes of transactions, and reducing gas fees, the merge will ease some concerns about NFTs and the environment.

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Category: NFT Event