InterviewsInterview: Afroscope

We had the opportunity to interview Afroscope, an NFT artist making rounds in the digital space. Check out what he has to say about art, his creative process, and what he has in store for the future.

NFTWhy Afrofuturism will be the driving force of NFTs

Many African creatives are very excited about the growth of NFTs. Some of the reasons are the very same reasons Afrofuturism is gaining traction within the Black creative community since the term was coined in 1993.

NFTHow one artist reclaims the African masks with his NFTs

Through his mentor, artist and designer Kofi Obuobi learned that there were many African masks hidden in private collections, never to be seen again. To change that and keep the history alive, Obuobi started to recreate these masks as NFTs.

NFTThis NFT company wants to divide a Banksy piece into 10,000 pieces of NFTs

Do you want to be one of 10,000 owners of a piece of Banksy?

NFTThe future of NFTs in Africa and the challenges that lie ahead

Like every major change throughout history, NFTs have their ups and downs. What does this mean for the African art market?

NFTThe rise of NFTs and the African artists

One of the boons of NFT is its ability to level the competition, especially amongst African creatives.

NFTThis site lets you download all the NFTs in the world

If you're curious, that's about 17TB of data.

NFTNFTs herald a new frontier for African contemporary art

Currently, African and Black contributions to art sales are just 1% of the total global collective. Can the new NFT trend change that?

NFTMiramax files a lawsuit against Tarantino for his "Pulp Fiction" NFTs

After Quentin Tarantino ignored a cease-and-desist letter, Miramax filed a lawsuit against the writer/director and his Pulp Fiction NFT sales.

Artist SpotlightArtist Spotlight: Rendani Nemakhavhani

South African art director and illustrator Rendani Nemakhavhani first created the persona PR$DNT HONEY during the 2019 South African national elections. Under this moniker, she continues to create works celebrating the lives of Black women.

NFTDigitalArt4Climate: A new, UN-backed initiative that uses NFT to fight climate change

As part of the United Nations’ Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, the UN-Habitat and several other stakeholders created the DigitalArt4Climate initiative. According to their website, the initiative “uses blockchain technology to turn art into digital assets or NFTs, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio-technological innovation space which helps to unlock extraordinary potential for resource mobilization and climate empowerment.”

NFTArtist Rachel Rossin mints her entire DNA sequence into an NFT

Known for experimenting with technology, artist Rachel Rossin decides to mint her DNA on the OpenSea platform. What does that mean for Rossin and, broadly, for the future of digital technology?

NFTNFT might not be so diverse after all

NFT had many features that should have made the space more diverse, but it doesn't seem like that's what's happening.

NFTArtist JR made parts of the Great Pyramids disappear and turned it into 4.591 NFTs

Known for using anamorphosis effects to drastically change historical monuments, artist JR's latest work is also his first foray into the NFT world.

NFTCzech royal family uses NFT to secure 700-years-old collection

By creating these NFTs, the House of Lobkowicz hope to preserve and enhance their vast collection.

NFTInfamous Art Forger Wolfgang Beltracchi is selling his versions of Leonardo Da VInci's Salvator Mundi as NFTs

Beltracchi’s new project, which he titled “The Greats”, consists of multiple versions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi. In total, Beltracchi will be selling 4,608 NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. The NFTs will be on sale 5 days from the publication of this article. In another humorous poke at ownership, Beltracchi said that the buyers will not know which version of his Salvator Mundi they will get.

Virtual ExhibitionsNFT marketplace Alpha Quark wants to focus on creators and help them protect their Intellectual Property

By protecting their IP, artists are still getting paid every time their NFT is sold. To help show the best artists on their marketplace, Alpha Quirk curated a digital gallery of the best they have to offer.

NewsVoice seeks to empower creators through their first NFT residency

Among others, the NFT platform worked together with photographer Misan Harriman

NewsDread Scott's First NFT Sells A White Man On An Auction Block

Scott’s NFT features a looping video of a white man standing on an auction block at a Brooklyn sidewalk. Scott titled the work White Man For Sale and will be auctioned at Christie’s during a special sale on October 1. 

NewsSotheby's Bored Ape lots sold for $26 Million, a new recrod for Sotheby's

After its closing on September 9, 2021, the two lots were sold for a combined total of $26.2 million. The first lot, which contained 101 Bored Ape NFTs, raked in the equivalent of $24.4 million. The second lot, with 101 NFTs from the Bored Ape Kennel Club, was sold for a total of $1.8 million. 

NewsSotheby's Bored Ape lot surpassed expectations days before auction closes

The Bored Ape lot auctioned at Sotheby's was estimated to sell for $12 million to $18 million. With days left until its closing, the lot has already surpassed expectation with a current bid of $19 million.

NewsAn NFT collector thought they were buying a genuine Banksy NFT. Turns out it was all a scam.

An NFT collector by the name of Pranksy seemed to have some prophetic sense about his chosen online moniker. The Banksy NFT they purchased turned out to be... a prank.

NewsVisa purchased a CryptoPunk for its collection, now the world rushes to have a piece of the NFT trend

When Visa announced its purchase of a CryptoPunk avatar, the project soon exploded in popularity, with many collectors joining in to purchase the unique avatars.

Art, Politics & SocietyHow NFT and Digital Art can make the art world a little bit less white and male

For the past few decades, a different generation of artists is using everchanging technology to create not just a new type of art, but a new type of artist. Unlike the very homogenous club of the traditional art world, the digital art world is incredibly diverse, with all sorts of people, of all shapes and sizes, from all corners of the world.

Virtual ExhibitionsVIDEO: Take a quick glimpse into the immersive experience of the exhibition "IT IS ALL AROUND US"

With an ever-changing roster of artists, IT IS ALL AROUND US aims to show the infinite possibilities of this art form and the equalizing power NFT and digital art can have.

NewsHermitage Museum joins the NFT crowd, minting Leonardo paintings as NFTs

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, has announced that it will be selling several of its collections as NFTs to raise funds for the museum.

NewsNFT defies expectancy, continues to stay relevant with $2.4 billion in sales

Some critics said NFT wouldn't last, but the market would like to differ.

NewsDamien Hirst's first NFT collection can be traded for physical works

Each unique piece will be sold as NFTs. That is, unless the collector wishes to trade it for a physical piece.

Art, Politics & SocietyThe Two Sides of The NFT coin: The Downside

Once an institution as big as Christie’s decided digital art was worth selling, digital art became a legitimate form of art. Many artists were excited about this new legitimacy. But many also were wary of it.

Art, Politics & SocietyThe Two Sides of The NFT coin: The Upside

Like most innovations in history, there’s a pros and cons list that goes with it. Does the benefit outweigh the cost?

Interviews"It is not a question of replacing visual art with technology, but of giving a new dimension to the art market." - An Interview with curator Jérémy Chausse

The exhibition "IT IS ALL AROUND US" is showcasing NFT artworks from a variety of artists all around the world. The world of NFT, and digital art in general, is a vast, unexplored land rife with possibilities. We had a chat with the curator of the show, Jérémy Chausse, about why he thinks NFT is the future and what we can look forward to in the exhibition.

Virtual Exhibitions"IT IS ALL AROUND US" Aims To Show The Infinite Possibilities Of NFT

There are a variety of stories, techniques, and visual language that will give the visitors of “IT IS ALL AROUND US” an understanding of just what NFT and digital art can do. 

Art, Politics & SocietyWhat Chadwick Boseman’s Oscars NFT Blunder Reveals About What Digital Art Can — And Should — Do

After a barrage of criticism for his initial NFT inspired by the late Chadwick Boseman, artist Andre Oshea created a new work that addressed many of those critics. His new work, in comparison to his last, showed the capabilities the digital medium has.

NewsNFT Sales Decline: A Slump Or Just Stabilizing?

With prices dropping from the initial boom, is NFT here to stay?

NewsThe Digital Future Of NFT Art

For the past few weeks, a new buzzword has been flitting around in art circles: NFT. This buzz comes from a debate of whether non-fungible token (NFT) artworks are the future of the art world or a danger to the planet. Debate aside, NFT art has certainly made its mark on history. On March 11, 2021, auction house Christie’s sold its first-ever purely digital artwork by an artist named Mike Winkelmann — known online as Beeple — at almost $70 million. This marks not only the first time Christie’s have sold a purely digital artwork but also accepting cryptocurrency along with other, more traditional forms of payment.

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