The most art-centric Summer yet. All about Damien Hirst’s token exchange and the latest drops in the Tezos ecosystem…
Gm to a July that continues to be all about crypto art!
Ready to dive into the highlights? ✨
🎨 NFT & Metaverse News
✨ Damien Hirst takes over July with the “Great Expectations” drop and closing of the “The Currency” token exchange
Between the “Great Expectations” drop and just 12 more days left for holders of the “The Currency” collection to decide whether they want to keep the physical artwork or NFT, HENI has so many exciting things on the plate this month.
The “Great Expectations” NFT collection was minted earlier this week, consisting of 10,000 unique artworks made by Damien Hirst.
Following on from the artwork that he created for Drake’s album cover, these NFTs depict grids of emoji-like pregnant women whose forms have been constructed from spots of various shapes, sizes and colors inspired by and taken directly from the “The Currency” artworks.
If on one hand the structure and basic forms are repeated across the series, each NFT is individualized by color or unique attributes, with no NFTs being the same. However, each piece does have attributes or combinations of attributes that can have different levels of rarity.
Did you know the Great Expectations #NFT collection by @hirst_official contains a wide range of attributes distributed over various categories including: Accessories, Clothes, Face, Hair, Headwear? 🤔🧑🎨🖼️
— HENI (@HENI) July 12, 2022
Speaking of which, there are just around 2 weeks left until the “The Currency” exchange deadline, with 2,155 physical artworks and 7,845 NFTs remaining so far.
To give a little bit of context, “The Currency” was Damien Hirst’s very first NFT collection, consisting of 10,000 unique NFTs each corresponding to an original work on paper.
Now, holders are asked to choose their currency, and decide whether they prefer to possess the Digital NFT or physical artwork.
A decision that must be taken by 3pm British Summer Time, on July 27th, 2022. Those who don’t choose the physical artwork before then, will see their corresponding physical piece be destroyed and vice versa.
With just 2 weeks to go until the exchange deadline, here's a recap of the inspiration and motivation behind @hirst_official's The Currency #NFT, FT @stephenfry.👀🧑🎨👇@YouTube📺: https://t.co/qodiKbObFM #HENI #NFTs #thecurrency
— HENI (@HENI) July 13, 2022
But before destroying the pieces, there will be an exhibition of the artworks.
Yesterday, Damien Hirst also shared the full report containing the “ The Currency” June insights you can read here
✨ Stefano Contiero debuts on fxhash with the “Millefoglie” collection
On July 9th, Stefano Contiero served dessert to 444 people with “Millefoglie”, his very first collection on fxhash.
Composed of 444 generative artworks, “Millefoglie” was in fact inspired by the Millefoglie dessert: “A mille-feuille (French pronunciation: [mil fœj], “thousand-sheets”), also known by the names Napoleon, vanilla slice, and custard slice, is a dessert made of puff pastry layered with pastry cream that has taken on a large variety of different versions during the course of history.
For those lucky enough to own these special pieces, awaits an associated physical piece upon request.
Desert has been served to 444 people! 🍰
The last Millefoglie after lifting the reserve flew right away. Not even time to make an announcement!
It was an absolute fun experience, thank you for all the love! ✨
(Also, I never sent/replied to so many Twitter DMs in my life! 😂) pic.twitter.com/Fd585NDsRn
— Stefano Contiero 🇮🇹🇩🇴 (@stefan_contiero) July 11, 2022
Beyond excited to discover what comes next…Link to this amazing collection here.
✨ Nft Now hosts a Twitter Space where artists gather to discuss the new Trespassing III sale
To celebrate the opening of Christie’s Trespassing III curated by Pirovino to the public, yesterday Nft Now hosted a Twitter spaces with the participation of the NFT 10 artists taking part in the auction.
Here, they had the opportunity to present and share the backstory of their artwork:
– Skygolpe – “PX4862E”
– Joshua Davis – “the Trespasser Trespasses / 002”
– Blake Kathryn – “Exodus”
– Fvckrender – “LASH//”
– GMUNK – “Ephemera”
– Victor Mosquera – “Innerbloom”
– Baeige – “Quiescent”
– Andre Oshea – “Radial Form 1”
– Inna Modja – “The Dream Catcher”
– Moonsundiamond – “Frankenstein iii”
Tune into the recording of the Space below, on the official Nft Now Twitter profile.
— nft now 💭 (@nftnow) July 14, 2022
✨ Skygolpe x Christie’s Mini Documentary
As Christie’s Trespassing III curated by Pirovino opens to the public, Skygolpe’s artwork “PX4862E” has already reached a bid of $38,000 USD with one more week before the end of the auction ahead of us.
“For the first time in such a relevant context as Christie’s, the ownership of a physical painting is obtained by purchasing the digital Certificate of Authenticity, an NFT”
Below you can view Skygolpe’s documentary, where he talks about the essence of his artwork and vision around the inevitable digital revolution we are living.
"The digital revolution is inevitable"
The current bid is 38,000 USD
The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow, July 14 | 6-8pm at 20 Rockefeller Center, NY pic.twitter.com/a5dA2qt6MF
— skygolpe (@skygolpe) July 14, 2022
✨”How Low” is John Karel’s latest drop on Objkt
How low can you go?
On July 8th, artist John Karel minted “How Low” on Objkt, a gif depicting one of his iconic skeletons in the attempt to dodge a Limbo game pole.
This drop consists of 55 editions — as of July 12th, there were 27 remaining, destined to be burned today if not collected.
— John Karel (@jjjjjjjjjjohn) July 12, 2022
Here is the link to the drop.
✨ Bahrull Marta x Manuel Fois & the “Dispersion II” drop on Objkt
Collaboration piece with @ManuelFois3
— Bahrull Marta (@bahrullmarta) July 13, 2022
Yesterday at 11 am EST, Bahrull Marta and Manuel Fois revealed “Dispersion II”, their latest collaboration piece minted on Objkt composed of 5 editions.
— Bahrull Marta (@bahrullmarta) July 14, 2022
✨ Sutu drops “Hyperion” on Teia
So what’s been going on in the Sutuverse?
On July 12th, Sutu minted “Hyperion” on Teia, a futuristic static piece consisting of 20 editions.
Thanks to everyone who collected 'Hyperion' this morning! Its been a while since I've minted a static image. This artwork came about like a happy accident when I merged 30 animation frames into one. I found the repetition and superimposing of frames to be very compelling. https://t.co/4hNZ5QVxQc
— 𝖘𝖚𝖙𝖚 (@sutu_eats_flies) July 12, 2022
The Sutuverse’s “Circuit Breaker” is also just around the corner, so I’ll be keeping you updated in the upcoming weeks.
In the meantime, you can have a sneak peek here:
✨ ertdfgcvb’s “Device 1” drop on fxhash
On July 8th, ertdfgcvb aka @andreasgysin revealed the “Device 1” drop – a public drop with that followed the Dutch auction model on fxhash…Needless to say all animated generative artworks 256 were all minted within the blink of an eye, with the last 6 editions minted on July 11th.
on a personal level, Device 1 #230 is one of the most important pieces of art, I've ever collected. thank you Andreas for such a possibility <3 pic.twitter.com/qRsnXkBgbw
— ZAXAROV.eth/tez (@ZAXAROVcom) July 13, 2022
📉 DeFi & Crypto News
✨ New KuCoin Study reveals high penetration and adoption of crypto in Saudi Arabia
According to the latest survey released by crypto exchange KuCoin, around 3 million Saudi Arabians have become either crypto investors or have traded in the last 6 months and with 17% of respondents labeled as crypto-curious, who expressed their will to invest in cryptocurrencies in the next six months.
In the second quarter of 2022, with the arrival of the bear market, investor sentiment did get affected, shifting toward more conservative cryptocurrency investment techniques.
But this is not completely negative, as 31% of Saudi Arabian crypto holders claimed they are going to hold onto their crypto balance.
For further details, you can read the full article on Cointelegraph.
🍿 Events this Month
MetaVanity. A meta-exhibition.
📅 Ongoing exhibition.
📚 Book of the Month
July’s book recommendation is “The Exponential Age: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society”.
Just a couple more weeks left to get your eyes on this one.
We are living through a period of unprecedented technological change, can we keep up with it? In this book, Azeem Azhar does an amazing job at highlighting the gap between the pace of change and our ability to adapt, offering an unprecedented framework for understanding the impact of technology on the economy, politics, and the future.