Welcome to the 43rd issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around Ethereum art, collectibles, games, finance, and more. Subscribe here.
The DeFi Arts Intelligencer has its next sponsor! It’s Async Art. Ethereum’s premier programmable art movement and platform, Async Art centers around artists’ Master tokens and Layer tokens, the latter of which can be used by collectors to collaboratively affect the appearance of the former. This month Async Art has two major events to watch: Micah Johnson’s masterful, just-released charity work “sä-v(ə-)rən-tē," which uses bitcoin donations to help black youth, and Trevor Jones + Alotta Money's much-anticipated Nov. 15th EthBoy art drop.
For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
Get your calendars out: artist Bård Ionson is auctioning “The Gate” on Async Art on Nov. 21st. Be sure to check out my new review of the piece, “Transcendence in ‘The Gate,’” to get a feel for why it’s so special 🔥
Collector DANNY purchased the ape CryptoPunk #2924 for 150 ETH (beating out the legendary Pransky’s 100 ETH bid). It’s the “new #2 all time top sale in eth, #1 in USD” for CryptoPunks per creators Larva Labs …
Micah Johnson’s latest Async Art piece “sä-v(ə-)rən-tē” sold for a whopping 250 ETH this week 🥂
NFT marketplace Rarible launched full support for music and video NFTs.
Grammy-winning musician RAC’s second collab with Reisinger Andres sold for 16 ETH to Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile of the Museum of Crypto Art (M○C△) …
Cryptoart marketplace MakersPlace is holding a Comics extravaganza next week …
Cryptoart marketplace KnownOrigin is now home to more than 550 artists! Onward and upward 🚀
NFT minting platform and marketplace Cargo launched a Discord server. Come on in!
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Ethereum gaming platform The Sandbox ran into problems this week with the project’s latest LAND sale.
Axie Infinity’s new governance token, AXS, has risen from $0.12 per token to $0.52 per token over the last 9 days.
Speaking of Axie Infinity, the game now has over 10,000 daily active users (DAU). Impressive!
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Synthetic assets project Synthetix is considering a delegated governance model.
Alameda Research and Pantera Capital purchased BAL directly from Balancer Labs’s treasury.
Upstart DeFi risk management protocol UNION announced a $3.9 million private funding round.
🎥 “Beeple: Behind the Art with Josie #32” - Josie Bellini
📰 “How To Easily Get NonFungible Token (NFT) Market Exposure” - Andrew Steinwold, Zima Red
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 44th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer this time next week, too. Cheers ✌️
About DeFi Arts Intelligencer
The DeFi Arts Intelligencer is curated by me, William M. Peaster, a professional writer and editor who’s been tracking the Ethereum and DeFi beats in recent years.
I’m passionate about art and a DeFi/NFT optimist, so putting together this newsletter is both fun and informative for me. I hope others may find the content helpful, too. But be mindful, the information herein should not be construed as investment advice. I’m not a financial adviser, and these are my opinions. Always take care to seriously consider the various layers of risk you face in participating in the still-maturing cryptoeconomy.
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