Sotheby’s embarks on its debut NFT partnership with Pak, one of the foremost digital creators, to bring their novel works to collectors through a unique sale that will explore the possibilities of crypto technology through the lens of art. ‘The Fungible’ Collection by Pak will be released over a three day period taking place 12th– 14th April, in collaboration with Sotheby’s and exclusively on Nifty Gateway.
Max Moore, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Sales in New York added:
“It was important that our first collaboration with an NFT artist was with a digital and crypto native creator
who is known for bringing ingenuity and technological sophistication to the emergent artform. Pak has amassed a devoted following and has a track record of creating NFTs that playfully challenge accepted ideas about art and offer poignant social commentary. Working in the lineage of esteemed minimalist and conceptual artists whose practices radically altered our understanding of what art is, ‘The Fungible’ Collection will challenge us to rethink what we know about digital art and ownership. As more and more of our lives are lived digitally, there is a much higher comfort level with a purely digital experience. We are excited to welcome the digital art and crypto communities as well as traditional art collectors, to this special collaboration, as this important shift from physical to digital ownership will open up endless possibilities for the art world.”
Pak is an enigmatic creator at the forefront of digital art and crypto media. An anonymous designer, Pak has been active in the world of digital art for over two decades, leveraging evolving technology to create boundary-pushing artwork. Pak is the creator of Archillect, an AI built to discover and share stimulating visual media. In December of 2020, Pak became the first NFT artist to earn $1 million for their work. In the burgeoning NFT space, Pak has established themselves as a leader of striking creations, novel token mechanisms, and evolving media. With the arrival of ‘The Fungible’ Collection, Pak will push the boundaries of what is possible.
“I see this collection as the first digitally native mindset of works that’s presented to the traditional art world through a global auction house. With this kind of scale, I expect it to play a major cultural role in telling the narrative of the digital world to the traditional world in terms of the medium definition and value creation. People may be able to right click save as a “jpeg” but how would they save as a digital performance?”Pak states on the collaboration with Sotheby’s:
The Fungible’ Collection will leverage blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which is a unique digital asset that proves verifiable ownership of the artwork. ‘The Fungible’ Collection not only provides collectors with novel assurances of scarcity and ownership but exposes them to the unique features with which technology can endow artwork. Through this collection, Pak scrutinizes our understanding of value. What does value mean, and from where does it derive authority? Core to the collection are the Open Editions, a set of NFTs that can be bought infinitely by collectors during the time of the sale, questioning our understanding of the relationship between
scarcity and value. As the collection reveals itself over the course of three days, Pak will challenge the community with this question of value while simultaneously providing a unique journey into and through digital art.
‘The Fungible’ Collection will consist of multiple distinct parts that will be distributed over the course of three days. Today, we are announcing the first aspect of the sale, Fungible Open Editions, which will be available for purchase starting at 1PM ET on Tuesday, 12th April. In the days leading up to the sale, Pak will reveal the six other works including “one-of-one” NFTs, that make up ‘The Fungible’ Collection
Sotheby’s will honor the democratic spirit of the decentralized technology upon which the collection is built by offering a diverse set of collectors the opportunity to participate in the sale with a starting price of $500. ‘The Fungible’ Collection will engage new audiences and challenge existing through subversion and the unfamiliar.
Fungible Open Editions
Fungible Open Editions is Pak’s further investigation of our understanding of value. Fungible Open
Editions will enable collectors to purchase as many fungible cubes as they wish during the sale period
for a starting price of $500. These fungible cubes can be purchased individually or many at a time and
will deliver its collector a different set of NFTs based on the total cubes they own.
The individual NFTs are: A Cube (1), Five Cubes (5), Ten Cubes (10), Twenty Cubes (20), Fifty Cubes
(50), Hundred Cubes (100), Five Hundred Cubes (500), Thousand Cubes (1,000).
For example, if a collector purchases one cube ($500), they will receive a single NFT containing Pak’s
artwork “A Cube”. If a collector purchases six cubes ($3,000), they will receive two NFTs: “Five
Cubes” and “A Cube”, summing up to 6 cubes in fungible value.
About Nifty Gateway
Nifty Gateway is the premiere, all-in-one platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store digital art an
collectables, otherwise known as Nifties (or NFTs). Nifty Gateway works with both successful and up-and coming artists, musicians, and brands to create limited Nifty collections that are available on our marketplace,
which has sold more than $100 million of unique, identifiable, and secure digital art since we began operations
in March 2020. Nifty Gateway was founded by Duncan and Griffin Cock Foster in 2018, and acquired by Gemini
in 2019, with the belief that crypto networks and the blockchain have the power to fundamentally change the
art world by creating greater choice, independence, and opportunity for artists, creators, and collectors.