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March 8, 2023

International Women’s Day: Sotheby and UnicornDAO to Host Art Auction for Women’s Rights

The auction house Sotheby’s is holding a benefit auction titled “My Body, My Business” as part of the celebrations that are taking place around the world in honor of International Women’s Day today. The auction will feature a diverse collection of feminist artwork, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs), created by both established and upcoming female artists.

Sotheby’s and UnicornDAO, a collectors’ decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) dedicated to women’s and gender-fluid non-fungible tokens, are the organizations responsible for organizing the auction of tangible and digital art that will take place between March 7 and March 14. The auction was curated by Nadya Tolokonnikova, a Russian political activist and the co-founder of Pussy Riot. According to a statement released by the auction house, the sale is intended to distribute a portion of the proceeds to reproductive healthcare organizations such as Planned Parenthood.

According to Sotheby’s, “this sale includes a variety of works from traditional and digitally native women artists.” These artists use their art as a medium to advocate and explore a wide range of topics related to women’s rights, such as reproductive rights, gender-based violence, body image, representation, and many more. Sotheby’s is holding this sale to raise awareness and funds for various causes related to women’s rights. “These artists are unified in their dedication to creating art that challenges existing power structures, promoting gender equality, and celebrating the diverse experiences and perspectives of women,”

Tolokonnikova will not only be serving as the auction’s curator, but she will also be showcasing her own work, titled Fragile Masculinity Genesis. According to the statement, this work is “the initial piece of a larger project that is set to unfold in the upcoming months, involving performance, audio-visual work, as well as an installation by Pussy Riot.” In addition, Tolokonnikova’s work will be featured in the auction. The sculpture will be accompanied by a number of works by artists, the likes of which will include Marina Abramovic, Cindy Sherman, Sarah Meyohas, Jenny Holzer, and a large number of other female designers.

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Cosmic Bloom by Jen Stark is one of the works of art that are currently on display. This non-functional object (NFT) is estimated to be worth between $25,000 and $35,000, and the opening offer is set at $10,000.

“Cosmic Bloom” is an animation consisting of eight frames that depict the cycle of the infinite. According to the auction house, Jen Stark’s artwork is motivated by her interest in conceptualizing visual systems to simulate plant development, evolution, infinity, fractals, mimetic topographies, and sacred geometries.

Another work of digital art, INTO THE UNKNOWN by Olive Allen, has a beginning bid of $5,000 and is estimated to sell for between $10,000 and $15,000.

NFT artist and tech entrepreneur Allen, who is based in New York, stated that the piece being offered “is a third-person adventure game developed in Unreal Engine.” You, as the main character, are required to welcome uncertainty and put your faith in your innate abilities in order to find your way through the winding paths of the labyrinth. The piece of art can be seen as a metaphor for living in general. There are a great number of tiers, as well as a plethora of possible routes to pursue.

According to the statistics provided by Sotheby’s, the majority of the featured artwork can be acquired through the use of cryptocurrency.