Cozomo de’ Medici, the prolific non-fungible token art collector, announced a partnership with W1 Curates to host an exhibition with old and never-before-seen works of Mike Winkelmann, better known as “Beeple.” The opening for the exhibition will take place on April 8th in the W1 Curates building in London, with those wanting to attend asked to RSVP.
The art collector shared the news in a Twitter thread:
The event’s description, listed on Eventbrite, says that a variety of Winkelmann’s works will be shown, including introspective short films to his popular Everydays, a class of creations that the artist works on every single day. Beeple’s Everydays: the First 5000 Days remains the non-fungible token that has sold for the highest amount, going for $69 million in 2021. Observers widely credit that sale with sparking interest in NFTs and bringing new people into the space.
Winkelmann responded to Cozomo de’ Medici on Twitter, sharing that he was “insanely honored” to be partnering with the art collector and W1 Curates for the exhibition. It’s the latest event the artist has participated in since the opening of his new studio in Charleston, South Carolina.
Cozomo de’ Medici, who some believe is an alias for Snoop Dogg, also wrote that the Beeple exhibition is just the first of many, and that he has partnered with W1 Curates for more exhibitions that millions of people will see. Rarity Sniper has reached out to W1 Curates for comment and will update this article as soon as the organization responds.
Art Remains the Lifeblood of the NFT Space
While many outside observers view the NFT space through the lens of million-dollar sales, there are some like Cozomo de’ Medici who believe it is actually NFT art that makes up the heart of NFT culture. Over the last several months, we have seen just that in our news coverage. Here are three stories involving NFT art or artists from the past nine months.
First, two months ago, the Orlando Museum of Art officially entered Web3 with an NFT art exhibition. The exhibit, called “Twentysomethings: Works and NFTs from the Fabio Sandoval Collection,” featured up-and-coming NFT artists. The move was the latest sign that NFT art is going mainstream.
Next, seven months ago, the Chicago Bulls partnered with 23 NFT artists to launch the Chicago Bulls Legacy Collection. The NFT set highlighted the team’s six-year championship history in the 1990s and sought to reimagine the Chicago Bulls logo. Legendary Web3 artists like Bobby Hundreds and Gxng Yxng participated in the endeavor.
Lastly, nine months ago, Italian fashion house Gucci and SuperRare launched the Vault Art Space, an online gallery featuring contemporary artists working with non-fungible tokens. The goal of the gallery is to promote diversity and the pioneers of contemporary art.
Cozomo de’ Medici’s partnership with W1 Curates and Beeple shows that even in a bear market, there is still demand for NFT art. Here at Rarity Sniper, we’ll keep our ears to the ground for further developments in the story.