Pharrell’s GODA Completes Hilma af Klint NFT Art Auction Amid Family Grievances


  • Artwork platform NFT Gallery of Digital Assets (GODA) held an auction of Hilma af Klint’s NFT this week.
  • The relatives of the late artist complained about the NFT auction, but the official Foundation is involved in the project.

Co-founded by musician Pharrell Williams at the beginning of this yearthe Gallery of Digital Assets (GODA) provides a platform for traditional artists to enter the NFTs space, and has delivered drops from Nina Chanel Abney Y james todd.

But his latest NFT release was embroiled in controversy after some of the late artist’s descendants complained.

OKAY launched an auction Monday for tokenized digital recreations of the influential Swedish abstract artist Hilma of KlintThe masterpiece. The “Paintings for the Temple” Ethereal The NFTs were created by GODA in association with Stolpe Publishing, the digital art platform Acute Art and The Hilma af Klint Foundation.

Ultimately, two identical sets of 193 NFT digital recreations of af Klint’s artwork were minted, with one “non-commercial” set donated to the Foundation. Of the other set, 163 NFTs went up for auction this week, with the GODA team keeping another 30 pieces. NFTs were released along with the late artist official. catalog receivedor a complete collection of his work.

But while the official Foundation was on board with the GODA auction, family members of the late artist (Hilma af Klint died in 1944) have spoken out against the launch of NFT.

In an interview with art publication. hyperallergic This week, af Klint’s great-nephew Johan af Klint and Hedvig Ersman, granddaughter of Erik af Klint, Hilma af Klint’s nephew, challenged the creation of NFTs, claiming they went against the artist’s wishes. ersman had tweeted criticism of the NFT sale earlier this month.

“She saw these paintings as part of a project. They were meant to stay together,” Ersman told the publication. “They are not made for one person to have hanging on the wall in the living room. Now, with the NFT, they are marketing it, using Hilma af Klint’s name and reputation to subvert her message.”

An NFT is a blockchain token that represents ownership of an item, in this case, a digital recreation of the original physical artwork. NFTs are also used for things like profile pictures, collectibles, and video game items, as well as physical goods and event ticketing.

The artwork itself is in the public domain, and the executive director of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, Jessica Höglund, said hyperallergic that it was not “in [a] position to permit or oppose” such reproductions. However, he said the Foundation has a partnership with Stolpe for the catalog receivedand that deal includes NFTs.

On Thursday, just before the auction ended, GODA tweeted a statement noting that “[affirmed] that all necessary contracts and agreements are in force to validate the authenticity of the project” through the Foundation. GODA shared a new statement with decipher about the situation, alleging that the relatives had “falsely” tried to represent the Foundation.

“GODA did not hear of any unhappy family [members] before they began misrepresenting the Foundation on Twitter,” the statement read. “This was the first time we knew of any concern. We made a deal with Acute Art and Stolpe Publishing who gave us this opportunity as we are the most legitimate and credible art platform in the digital space.”

“Between our parties, we have a very strong legal agreement directly with the Foundation. According to our understanding, this is a distant relative who has no relationship with the Foundation,” the statement continued. “The Foundation has also made an official announcement clarifying this and detailing why the catalog received, and by extension the NFT project, is important to Hilma’s work.”

The GODA auction concluded yesterday as scheduled, with 163 pieces ultimately selling for 1.5 ETH each, or just over $1,800 each. The auction format ranked bidders by how much they were willing to pay, but set the final price based on what the 163rd highest bidder offered.

In other words, the top 163 bidders each paid 1.5 ETH in the end, with buyers receiving a discount for any overbid amount. GODA Mint Pass NFT holders also got cashback for 15% off the sale price. The artwork was revealed today, allowing buyers to see which random piece they bought from the drop.

This isn’t the first time surviving family members of a famous artist have complained about a seemingly official NFT downfall. Earlier this year, relatives of Pablo Picasso complained when the late artist’s great-grandson, Florian Picasso, launched NFTs inspired by Pablo’s work. the picasso family resolved the dispute shortly after

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