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#02 | JOSHUA DAVIS

CURATED BY RONNIE K. PIROVINO

Technologist and Artist who specializes in algorithmic image making, Joshua Davis – otherwise known as Praystation – is the second Crypto Artist featured on CryptoArt Monograph.

This new monograph, carefully curated by art collector, curator and appraiser Ronnie K. Pirovino, is a unexpected beautiful trip inside one of the last generative art project by Joshua Davis: V01D

The V01D is a custom, written-from-scratch code base consisting of 9825 lines of code that Joshua Davis has been working on for the past eight years.

Davis is a recognised OG of Generative Art, an award-winning artist with the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica in the category “Net Vision/Net Excellence, the highest honor in international Net Art and Design.

He is renowned for pioneering an original method of computational, generative-art known as dynamic abstraction.

The artist: JOSHUA DAVIS

Joshua Davis,  also known as Praystation, was born in San Diego in 1971. He is a New York-based artist, technologist, author and designer in algorithmic image making and animation since 1990, best known as the creator of praystation.com which he used to exhibit new design work and experiments using code, was one of the first to offer open source files for download.

For his project Praystation, Davis won the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica in the category “Net Vision/Net Excellence, the highest honor in international net art and design.

Joshua is also acclaimed for his role in designing the visualization of IBM’s Watson, the intelligent computer program capable of answering questions, for the quiz show Jeopardy.

He is renowned for pioneering an original method of computational, generative-art known as dynamic abstraction.

Joshua’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern (London), the Ars Electronica (Austria), the Design Museum (London), le Centre Pompidou (France), the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), PS.1 MoMA (New York), the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the ICA London, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and more.

The guest curator: Ronnie K. Pirovino

Ronnie K. Pirovino is a widely recognized art collector, curator and appraiser; these pursuits have evolved to encompass numerous entrepreneurial projects including the Web3 space. 

Notably, after his collection grew to international prominence, he departed a successful career in digital advertising to focus on his passion for art. For the past three years, he has partnered with Christie’s on an ongoing series of ground-breaking auction sales, called Trespassing.

With his curatorial prowess being evident, new exhibitions and special projects are in constant development. From speaking to writing, the innovative convergent space of contemporary art and digital technologies is a major focal point. 

On Instagram, his verified account @pirovino shares his collection and various endeavors to a wide range of audiences. He holds a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.

Curatorial Statement by Ronnie K. Pirovino

Joshua Davis is often referred to as a ‘legend’ in the digital art space.

His history of pushing the boundaries of generative, programmatic art is unquestionable. His code symphonies are operatic. The V01D codebase is one of his masterpieces that has yielded a body of artwork that is vital, arresting and gorgeous. The artwork is a glorious fusion of creativity, both human and machine. As a painter, turned programmer, computation became a way to amplify his vision. Animation and interaction presented yet another frontier. NFTs have become the ultimate way to encapsulate and archive his work, having been extremely prolific in the evolution of largely temporal interactive media on the Internet when he became famous as Praystation and won a Golden Nica from the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.

An influence for generations of digital artists and designers, Davis has a lasting legacy. The V01D codebase is a project that’s grown and mutated over nearly a decade. The onset of NFTs unlocked the potential for The V01D to reach the public in an entirely new way. Artwork powered by this code is a concoction of controlled, algorithmic chaos. Some of the works have been paired with original audio so the audience can experience the work in the most engrossing manner possible.

A prominent icon in generative art, Davis has started to focus on his own history, aiming towards a career retrospective. This monograph is a step into creating a comprehensive catalog raisonné of his career. A book is essential to adequately cement his place in the pantheon of iconic artists. The V01D is the main subject, as this series is properly celebrated and commemorated.

Contents

Inside this incredible book, you’re going to find:

  • Editorial by Andrea Concas – Publisher of The NFT Magazine
  • Full Biography on the cover artist joshua taylor
  • Interview with joshua taylor by Alessia Cuccu – Editor in Chief of The NFT Magazine
  • Curatorial Text on joshua taylor and her research by ronnie k.pirovino Guest Crypto Art Curator
  • Image catalog of the artwork “V01D PROJECT” created on superrare,  for the first time enclosed in a single collectible publication, with a qr code to view them right away from your smartPhone

A special BookDrop with an unpublished Cover

crypto art monograph nft features & benefit

Each artist featured in the Crypto Art Monograph creates a totally unpublished artwork, minted for the first time on Nifty Gateway, becoming part of his/her artistic production.

All Crypto Art Monograph covers are collectible and allow access to exclusive content
of The NFT Magazine and special benefits.

The holders of the Crypto Art Monograph NFT are entitled to redeem the physical book within one year.

  • Unpublished Artist NFT
  • Physical Book with Hardcover 
  • 1 year to redeem the booK
  • access to the readers club, reserved area for the holders of the nft magazine
  • access to the readers gallery, to collect new and talented crypto artists
  • one week drop
  • PRICE: 222$

The #02 CryptoArt Monograph | Joshua Davis Drop
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CryptoART Monograph

The time has come to tell the great Crypto Artists, their history, their artistic research, their digital works of art, and the platforms and metaverses where they operate.

The CryptoArt Monograph series by The NFT Magazine was created in collaboration with the most important and visionary curators to narrate and “timestamp” the evolution of Crypto Art to the present day over time.

What is an artist monograph

An artist monograph is a collector’s book focused on a single artist, which allows, through content, insights, and all the artworks pictures, to get to know everything about the artist and his/her research

Why Crypto Art Monograph was born

After the great international success of the book “CRYPTO ART BEGINS” born on an idea and project by The NFT Magazine, published by Rizzoli, we have decided to continue the work of research and curatorship on the world of Crypto Art, yet to be discovered.

Thanks to “Crypto Art Monograph” we reveal every month the great protagonists of the digital art scene in the WEB3.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is the drop related to the NFT of The NFT Magazine that will entitle the collector to read the magazine in the Readers Club Reserved Area
Is the drop related to the UNPUBLISHED NFT created by the Cover Artist, which entitles the collectors to read and redeem the physical book “CRYPTOART MONOGRAPH”
On the first Monday of the month, the COVER DROP for ONE WEEK, while the BOOKDROP for 24 hours, both on Nifty Gateway

The edition will be directly determined by how many NFTs are sold during the sale period

Collectors of the BookDrop NFT will have one year to perform the redeem
You will need to access the Readers Club, follow the instructions and insert your shipping details

We package and ship your order as soon as possible. We start working on your order immediately, so we might be unable to make any changes to an order after it has been placed. Orders are subject to verification and approval before shipping and may take several days to process.

Yes, depending on the area where you live, 10$ for Italy, 20$ for Europe, 40$ for Extra EU plus eventual custom costs
If you purchase a BookDrop NFT that has not been used for redeem, you can check it here https://www.thenftmag.io/01-monograph-angie-taylor/, than yes, you can redeem the Book.

After your packaging has been shipped, you will receive a tracking link that will have the estimated arrival date. Please be aware there may be delays out The NFT Magazine control

Once your order has been successfully placed, you will receive an order confirmation email.

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