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NFT Happy Hour
From the world wide web to Givenchy
Art x Tech 24 Jun 2021

Though NFTs were a one-hit-wonder? Think again! Those pesky non-fungibles are here to stay and they are not shy about making art world headlines. We know that sometimes it is super hard to keep up with all this digital art speak, but luckily for you, we’re here to help you out. So why not grab a drink as we tell you about the biggest NFT news at this week’s NFT Happy Hour!

The World Wide Web Source Code Up For Grabs As NFT

Image via @sothebys

Did you know that the Internet is only 32 years old?! In 1989 Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web and he has a lot to answer for. Now, Sotheby’s is selling the source code for the internet – the source code that changed everything – as an NFT in a standalone auction. You can bid between June 23 and 30. We’re sure this one is going to make a huge splash!

Lady Gaga Part Of NFT Auction

Well, kind of. Director and artist Robert Wilson has just minted a video portrait of Lady Gaga – a restaging of Jacques-Louis David’s 1793 Death of Marat – as an NFT. The non-fungible video comes from one originally made eight years ago at the Louvre in Paris, which has since been re-edited. The work will be part of Phillips’ 20th Century and Contemporary Sale on June 24 in New York. We’re interested to see how this one does!

Givenchy Launches NFT For Pride Month

Image via @givenchybeauty

Givenchy has teamed up with gallerist Amar Singh and the Rewind artist collective to state its support for the LGBTQIA+ cause which will be sold to benefit Le MAG Jeunes association (Movement for the Assertion of Young Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Trans people). The work – Pride by the Rewind Collective – will be sold on the Veve platform in a limited series of 1952 copies and represents diversity and the assertion of identity and the fight for equal rights. We love that!

Christie’s Tells Coming Of Age Story Of Trans Teen Artist Through NFT Sale

Image via @fewocious

What a headline! Christie’s is selling 5 non-fungible artworks by artist FEWOCiOUS, each of which sheds light on a formative year of growth from the ages of 14 to 18. The pieces each comment on the life of a young transgender artist in the digital era and come in an edition of one which is paired with an original painting. The artist will personally deliver each work to collectors across the world in a custom suitcase in an ode to how he transported his earliest drawings and paintings when leaving behind his past in pursuit of a brighter future. The sale – titled Hello, I’m Victor (FEWOCiOUS) and This Is My Life – runs online between June 23 and 30. 

The Digital Diaspora Launch NFTs For Juneteenth

Image via @withfoundation

Juneteenth is almost upon us and artist and activist Diana Sinclair has opened The Digital Diaspora, an exhibition via Foundation. The works by 18 Black artists from all over the world will be up for grabs via auction on Foundation on June 19. The show spotlights Black art while also championing the Black queer community with proceeds from the sale benefitting herstoryDAO, a digital collective dedicated to the preservation and funding of artistic endeavors by Black women and non-binary poeple, and G.L.I.T.S., an organization providing free housing, guidance, and protections for Black trans people.

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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