Welcome to the 15th issue of the DeFi Arts Intelligencer, your weekly source for key happenings around blockchain art, collectibles, and games. Subscribe here.
For this dispatch:
🎨 Digital Art & Collectibles
Avastars launched this week. Have you got your scroll on yet?
Artist Trevor Jones made crypto history this week. Jones sold his pieces “The Bear” and “The Bull” on KnownOrigin for 90 ETH collectively. The 55.55 ETH spent for “The Bull” NFT was more than the sales price of the original physical artwork, a first in the cryptoeconomy.
Welcome to the new Cent: the Ethereum-powered social network has relaunched with a fresh new look and system.
Pixel art Ethereum dapp PixelChain made its public debut on April 20th.
KnownOrigin’s gallery opened in Cryptovoxels.
The Async Art masterwork of Pak’s “The Tribe” sold for 17.5 ETH to collector MetaKovan …"The Tribe", an intricate piece with 29 layers and countless possibilities. Thanks for an incredible job on this piece. async.art/art/master/0x6…
Async Art @AsyncArtSOLD The Master of The Tribe for 17.5 ETH. Congrats @MetaKovan for winning this monument in time.
Cryptoart platform SuperRare held its 2nd birthday bash in Cryptovoxels on April 24th. As part of the festivities, the platform held an “Artist Stimulus Package” auction to help SR artists amid the ongoing economic downturn. Artist and collector Artnome kicked off the auction by putting up the acclaimed “Lockup” by cryptoartist XCOPY for sale.
This week, the first Async Art secondary sale occurred when collector Basileus sold Osinachi’s “4th Man” for 1.18 ETH …
Cryptoartist Josie Bellini is starting a new live stream chat dubbed “Behind the Art” that’s set to drop on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Official lease agreements are starting to kick off in virtual world Cryptovoxels.
The MetaFactory genesis auction concluded. The group’s 40 inaugural members will help steer the decentralized fashion brand for years to come.
Somnium Space reached 4,000 ETH in trade volume on decentralized marketplace OpenSea.
You can now dig down two voxels deep in Cryptovoxels!
Artist Osinachi has “A Taxi Driver on a Sunday” still available on Rarible for collectors.
🕹️ Blockchain Games
Ethereum no-loss savings game PoolTogether released Pods, a new tool that will allow users to group their tickets together for better chances at winning the dapp’s weekly Dai prize pool.
Gods Unchained 0.22 upgrade launched with over “100+ bug fixes.”
The Season 4 of Axie Infinity is off to a hot start …
♦️♦️ DeFi News
Dharma rolled out Social Payments, which allows users to send Dai stablecoin payments to anyone on Twitter …
The attacker of the Chinese DeFi platform dForce returned the $25 million in crypto they stole from dForce’s Lendf.Me lending dapp.
U.S. crypto exchange powerhouse Coinbase launched the Coinbase Price Oracle for use by DeFi projects.
Synthetic on-chain assets project UMA is going for an Initial Uniswap Listing on April 29th.
Decentralized exchange dYdX rolled out a Perpetual Contracts Markets service, with the first offering being a bitcoin swap product.
“Computers Do Not Make Art, People Do” - Aaron Hertzmann
“NFT Proof-of-Work Art Edition - April 2020” - Andrew Steinwold
“Seb & Nathan, The Sandbox” - You Deserve a Drin¢
Thanks for reading, and stay creative on- and off-chain!
Keep an 👁️ out for the 16th 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 Dai beats in recent years.
I’m passionate about art and a DeFi 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.
If you have a DeFi tip or lead, questions or comments, or would be interested in commissioning me for a writing gig, you can ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Telegram at @wmpeaster.