‘Real Collection,’ the NFT marketplace where you can NFTize and trade curated premium art contents, will be launched in early December. Led by IBCT, the developer of next-gen blockchain platform LEDGIS, collectors are expected to see NFT art contents such as the 1st generation pop art and graffiti works from the famous East Village of New York and artworks by up-and-coming international artists, all exclusively sold on the platform.
East Village Art is an art movement born in the 1980s in the East Village, southeast of Manhattan, New York, focusing on graffiti art (doodling) inspired by hip-hop culture and street art symbolizing freedom and resistance. As the East Village became a slum due to reckless redevelopment and gentrification, the place naturally became the center of anti-establishment culture in New York. Social issues such as class, gender, racism, drugs, poverty, crime, homosexuality, and AIDS were all sublimated into artworks. Real Collection presents these diverse East Village art contents, including artworks by 20 unique artists. The list includes such as Jane Dickson, Rick Prol, James Romberger and Jean-Michel Basquiat, known as ‘The Black Picasso’, Keith Haring who needs no introduction, well known to the public, photos containing the lost works of famous pop artist like Richard Hambleton, all will be tokenized as NFT. Real Collection focuses on securing competitively excellent IP (Intellectual Property rights) selling works that are only selected through the review/approval of the art director and is planning to restore the missing pieces of legendary artists. Furthermore, the team will carry out plans, including the secondary market where resell/ArtTech is possible within the platform, selling art content goods, and displaying digital showrooms using its flagship store to enjoy NFT art contents practically. Meanwhile, Real Collection is built on LEDGIS blockchain and provides various original digital management functions, such as loss prevention, copyright protection, and ease of sharing and utilization. Specifically, transparency and reliability of transactions are secured by applying DID (Decentralized Identifier) and IDH (Identity Data Hub – Decentralized, encrypted data storage & sharing solution) technologies.
Upon opening, Real Collection will accept USD via PayPal, and for the future, paying LEDGIS coin(LED) will be available. LED is currently listed on BitMart and Gopax exchange. LEDGIS official said, “As LED coin is additionally listed on global exchanges, the accessibility of LED will gradually improve. We will vitalize the LED coin economy through DApps in various sectors: medical, manufacturing, education, sports, fintech, and of course, Real Collection.” During December, Real Collection will first unveil the works by Jane Dickson, Rick Prol, Stephen Lack, Jim Radakovich, Mark Kostabi, and Choi TongYull, among East Village art artists and photographs taken at East Village by Andreas Sterzing. Meanwhile, some works will be processed to be appreciated as 3D objects in the metaverse ecosystem in the future. And for this, high-end VFX and VR/AR companies which worked for special effects in blockbuster movies like “Transformer,” “Star Wars,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” are expected to be working together on this great platform.
Here is a list of some amazing artists whose works will be displayed in December, with upcoming lists and announcements to follow.
○ Jane Dickson (1952~)
As a main member of Colab, he created and representing workers expelled due to ‘urban development’ and ‘profitability’. It deals with various subjects in modern life involving suburban houses and highways. The colorful but faintly colored paintings on the black background express the sense of alienation from city life.
○ Rick Prol (1958~)
He is regarded as an artist who excelled in the sensibility of the punks in the 1980s. His work humorously captures the dark and dangerous reality of the city of New York. Shaky and self-harming figures appearing in (1988) and (1983) remind us of the dark side of New York.
○ Stephen Lack (1946~)
He explores the anxiety and violence latent in the middle class of the United States based on scenes like children returning home from school and cars parked obliquely on the road. Along with other East Village artists, he resisted the commercialization and conservation of art following the Reagan government’s neoliberal economic order.
○ Jim Radakovich (1954~)
His paintings, which bring primitive motifs and express the emotions of a modern city, are humorous while serious. In 1984, he made his name for his solo exhibition held at the Sensory Evolution Gallery and was active in the East Village throughout the 1980s.
○ Mark Kostabi (1960~)
A prominent figure in the East Village art scene of the 1980s, best known for his paintings of faceless figures addressing contemporary political, social and psychological issues, he has roots in the work of Giorgio de Chirico and Fernand Léger. His works are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum collections.
○ Choi TongYull (1951~)
Penetrating the East Village of New York and the Himalayas, he has created works around the keyword ‘vitality.’ In his paintings, symbols and satire, energy and paradox, and the past and present are mixed, and the problem of existence has been captured through Neo-Expressionism. The identity of the diaspora has been expressed through the intense primary colors and the unconventional composition.
○ Andreas Sterzing (1956~)
His representative photographic work, ‘Pier 34’, is a photograph of an art project made at Pier 34 in New York City. (2018) shows the East Village in the 1980s with 142 photos. The works of contemporary artists and graffiti all over the street are included.
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Published by Alex Mamutin